LA JOLLA, Calif. – The Loyola Marymount women’s water polo team rattled off three straight wins to finish 3-1 at UC San Diego’s Triton Invitational this weekend. The Lions (7-8) lost their Bracket C opener on Saturday in overtime, but won their second game of the tournament and upset two higher-ranked opponents on Sunday to place ninth in the competitive 16-team field.
Game 1: #10 UC Davis 11 vs. #T-19 LMU 10 | Box Score
LMU grabbed their first lead of the game, going ahead 2-1, then ending the period with a 3-2 advantage. The lead grew to as high as two goals in the second period, before the Aggies tied it at 5-5 and then 6-6 heading into intermission.
All three goals in the third happened in the final 1:48 of the quarter, with LMU taking an 8-7 advantage into the final eight-minute session. UC Davis scored the first goal of the first, then LMU scored the go-ahead with 3:02 remaining, but the Aggies forced overtime with their goal with 38 second remaining in regulation.
Davis scored the first two goals of overtime before the Lions added on in the final seconds, making it an 11-10 final.
Game 2: #T-19 LMU 11 vs. RV Cal State East Bay 4 | Box Score
The Lions never trailed in their second game, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 1:20. LMU then grew the lead to 7-1 in the third quarter and continued to build it for the 11-4 final.
Morgan Molloy’s three goals led the Lions and Hana Vilanova scored the game’s only two goals in the second quarter. Alena Sanchez scored a pair and Daniella Hernandez, Lauren Owens, Kiana Harpstite, and Annika Armstrong each added one apiece.
Game 3: #T-19 LMU 6 vs. #12 Indiana 3 | Box Score
The Lions overcame an early 2-0 deficit in the first quarter, cutting into Indiana’s lead with a goal at the 1:52 mark of the first quarter.
LMU then blanked the Hoosiers in the second and third quarters, scoring all five goals during that span to lead 6-2 heading into the fourth.
IU scored the lone goal of the final period, but LMU’s defense allowed just three goals in total to earn the win over the nation’s No. 12-ranked team.
Abbey Grosse scored both her goals in the 4-0 second quarter, with Daniella Hernandez and Kiana Harpstite joining her in the period. Morgan Molloy scored in the first and Hana Vilanova added one goal in the third.
Game 4: #T-19 LMU 7 vs. #T-13 UCSB 6 (9th place) | Box Score
In the final game of the weekend, LMU overcame a three-goal deficit to top the higher-ranked Gauchos. With the two teams trading goals in the first quarter, UCSB opened the second period with the first two goals to go ahead, 5-2. LMU cut it to a 5-4, before trailing 6-4 at halftime.
The Lions were the only team to score in the second half, with LMU adding two in the third and the game-winning goal with 3:22 remaining in the fourth, the second goal from Katie Hungerford in the half.
The Lions are back in the pool in two weeks for the UC Irvine Invitational from Feb. 23-25.
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