A Quick Turnaround Win
Women's water polo gets a 9-6 win over Hawaii after returning home from first GCC game.
March 9, 2014
LOS ANGELES - With less than 16 hours since arriving back from a two-game trip in Fresno, the ninth-ranked LMU women's water polo team responded with a 9-6 win over No. 13 Hawaii at the Burns Aquatics Center on Sunday afternoon.
The win comes on the heals of a split on Saturday up at Fresno, as the Lions earned its first Golden Coast Conference win over Fresno Pacific, 12-3, and then an 18-4 setback to No. 3 Stanford. For the Lions, it was just their third win in 14 tries against Hawaii, and the first since 2003 (eight games).
"This was a great win for us," said Head Coach Kyle Wiit. "If you look in our history, we have not had to0 many wins against this very good program. The girls showed up and played today."
"We had an average first quarter, then really turned it on," said Witt. "Honny had a great day. Had a hand in seven of nine goals. I also thought Claire turned it on as well. They made a good adjustment as the game started and we really came ready to play today."
The Lions trailed 3-2 after they first quarter thanks to Caity Lopes da Silva's goal with 15 seconds remaining.
However, LMU turned up the defense, holding Hawaii without a goal in the second quarter while taking a 5-3 lead thanks to a goal from Mackenzie Beck with eight seconds left int he half.
The teams traded goals in the third quarter, and with a 6-4 lead heading into the final quarter, the Lions scored the first three goals to take a 9-4 lead with 2:30 to play. Honny's third goal started the run and was followed by a Laura Lopez goal with 5:25 to play. Castro added the final goal with 2:30 to play. Hawaii chipped in two 6-on-5 goals in the final two minutes for the final margin.
"The most important win this weekend was the Fresno Pacific victory," said Witt. "It is our first conference win. Our goal is to win our conference, and that was a good start. There is a lot of parity, and to get a conference win is good. It was good being in Fresno this weekend. They did a good job in putting on a good show and it was a good environment for college water polo."
The Lions will have another conference game as they face California Baptist on Thursday, Mar. 13 at 4 pm.