Fourth Hurts Fast Start
Lions jump out to early lead but can't hold it in 10-9 setback to No. 15 UC Santa Barbara.
March 14, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- The 14th-ranked LMU women's water polo team dropped a 10-9 decision to 15th-ranked UC Santa Barbara on Thursday afternoon at the Burns Aquatics Center. It was the Lions first home game in nearly two months as they fall to 9-7 overall while UCSB improves to 13-7.
The Lions were led by Ivana Castro's three goals, while Danielle Johnson, Mackenzie Beck and Jessica Morelos scored two goals each. Samantha Murphy led the Gauchos with four goals while Jessie Porter scored three.
The Lions jumped out to a 3-0 lead, including both goals by Beck, and led 4-1 after the first quarter. The Gauchos trimmed into the lead as the Lions led 5-3 at the break.
The teams traded goals to start the third and the Lions led 7-4 after Castro's third goal of the day with 2:55 to play in the third. UCSB would close the quarter on a high note, getting a pair of goals, including Murphy's with just three seconds left to make it 7-6 heading into the fourth.
The Lions got a goal with 6:08 to play by Johnson to go up 8-6.
UCSB would get back-to-back goals in 30 seconds to tie the game at 8-8 with 5:12 to play. LMU would answer right back on a goal from Morelos to take a 9-8 lead with 4:31 to play.
The Gauchos would tie the game again, this time on a 6-on-5 goal with 3:39 to play from Rachel Nelson. They would then get the winner on a five-meter penalty shot with 2:36 to play from Porter. LMU had a shot at the buzzer but Ruth Milne came up with the big save.
The Lions continue an eight-game home stand when they host a triple header on Saturday, March 16, taking on Colorado State at 9 am and Cal State San Bernardino at 3 pm. CSU and CSUSB play at 12 noon.