IRVINE, Calif. – Loyola Marymount played four ranked opponents in three days at this weekend’s 2018 Barbara Kalbus Invitational hosted by UC Irvine. The 11th-ranked Lions (9-10) went back-and-forth losing the opener against No. 7 UC Irvine and their third game against No. 15 UC San Diego, but claimed victories against No. T-19 CSUN on Saturday and No. 17 UC Santa Barbara on Sunday.
Game 1: UC Irvine 12, LMU 5 | Box Score
UC Irvine opened their home tournament with goals sandwiched around Hana Vilanova’s power play goal to take a 2-1 lead after the first quarter. The Anteaters scored the first four goals of the second quarter before Vilanova added her second with three seconds on the clock before halftime.
UCI opened the third quarter with the first four goals again, before Abbey Grosse closed out the quarter with a pair of goals for the Lions to make it a 10-4 game heading into the final period. After the ‘Eaters scored twice to begin the fourth, Alena Sanchez closed out the game with a late goal with 16 seconds remaining.
Claire Wright made nine saves in goal and added three steals.
Game 2: LMU 9, CSUN 5 | Box Score
LMU responded in their second game with three quick goals in the opening four minutes of the game. Kiana Harpstrite scored in the opening minute, Daniela Hernandez added one with 5:24 on the clock, and Hana Vilanova pushed LMU ahead 3-0.
After Northridge got one back to end the first, Vilanova scored her first of the game to begin the second quarter. CSUN scored the final two of the half to make it a 4-3 game at intermission.
Harpstrite and Vilanova resumed their scoring in the third quarter, each accounting one of the period’s two goals.
LMU closed the game with goals by Hapstrite, Morgan Molloy, and Annika Armstrong to take the game 9-5.
Game 3: UC San Diego 7, LMU 5 | Box Score
The Lions scored one goal in each of the first three quarters to set up a 5-3 game heading into the fourth. After the Tritons pushed their lead to 7-3, LMU scored the next two goals, but it was not enough to complete the comeback, falling 7-5.
Game 4: LMU 4, UC Santa Barbara 3 | Box Score
The Lions needed to erase an early 2-0 deficit to comeback and top the Gauchos in their fourth game. Abbey Grosse cut into UCSB’s lead with a goal in the final minute and half of the first quarter.
LMU carried the momentum of that late goal into the next quarter, scoring all three goals of the second period. Morgan Molloy scored two in the quarter with Annika Armstrong accounting for the middle goal.
Neither team scored in the third and Santa Barbara made it a one-goal game in the fourth, before LMU held on for the victory.
With the conclusion of the tournament, LMU’s focus now shifts to conference play. The Lions travel to Fresno State on March 3 and to San Diego State on March 9 before getting their first look back on campus with the LMU Invitational on March. 16 and 17.
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