Mental Toughness Gets GCC Win

Laura Lopez

March 13, 2014

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LOS ANGELES -With the season at its midway point, the LMU women's water polo coaching staff is pushing the Lions to the limit in training, preparing for the stretch run to the Golden Coast Conference Championships. The Lions overcame the grinding week to earn a 15-7 win over California Baptist in a GCC contest at the Burns Aquatics Center Thursday afternoon.

Bridgette Alvarez scored four goals, as did Laura Lopez as the Lions jumped out to a 5-1 lead and never looked back. LMU improves to 11-6 overall and 2-0 in GCC play, while CBU falls to 9-9 and 0-2.

"This time of year we ask a lot of our team both mentally and physically," said Head Coach Kyle Witt. "I thought our team showed a lot of mental toughness today. They fought through a lot and this was a solid win for us."

Mackenzie Beck's goal with 6:27 to play in the second quarter gave the Lions a 5-1 lead and the teams would trade goals the rest of the quarter as LMU led 7-3 at the half.

They scored the first two goals of the second half, the first by Alvarez, and the second by Kiara Cerda to build a six-goal lead. The lead would grow to as many as eight when Erin Byrne made it 14-6 with 3:48 to play in the game.

The Lions head to CBU's campus to play in the Lancer Invitational on Friday, taking on Iona at 10:20 am and then La Verne at 3:40 pm. They return home on Sunday to take on No. 4 Cal at 12 noon.




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