Women's water polo rebounds with a pair of key WWPA wins at Aggie Shootout.
April 6, 2008
Davis, CA - The LMU women's water polo team earned a sweep of two games in the final day of the 28th Annual Aggie Shootout on Sunday. Adding to importance of the wins was that they came against Western Water Polo Association foes. The Lions opened the day with a 5-4 win over Cal State Bakersfield and then made a statement with an 8-4 win over Santa Clara.
The Lions, who had their 10-game winning streak snapped by host and No. 10 UC Davis in a showdown of the top two teams in the final game Saturday, have now won 13 of their last 15 to improve to 17-9 on the year and 8-2 in WWPA play.
The Lions defense was stiff as they allowed the fewest combined goals in back-to-back games on the season.
In game one goalie Eliana Arellano made only three saves, but two came on 6-on-5 attacks in the final quarter. Sophomore Carrie Kosnik would score the game winner in game one to complete a comeback with 2:49 to play in regulation. In the second win, the Lions came out on fire to score the games first six goals and Arellano made 10 saves to avenge one of their only setbacks in WWPA play this season against the Broncos.
The day started with the Lions in a tight one with Cal State Bakersfield, a team they had defeated 16-10 at the Burns Aquatics Center a week earlier. The Lions fell down 2-0 early to the Roadrunners who feature the nation's top scorer in Amanda Ortiz. However, the Lions would hold Ortiz to just one penalty shot goal and CSUB to just four goals as their defense stiffened.
With 3:07 to play in the first quarter, Diana Romero made it 2-1 and then Nicole Hughes tied it with 1:20 to play. The Roadrunners would score with just 37 seconds to play to go up 3-2. Cal State Bakersfield would stretch the lead to 4-2 on a 6-on-5 goal with 2:08 to play in the first half.
The score would remain that way the rest of the half as the Lions would not allow the Roadrunners to score again.
Mary Ann Campos made it 4-3 with a 6-on-5 goal with 5:16 to play in the third quarter. The teams would not score again until Campos scored another exclusion goal, this time with 4:18 to play in regulation, to tie it at 4-4 and set-up Kosnik's game winner.
In the winner over Santa Clara, who had upset the Lions at Burns in triple overtime in early March, the Lions had revenge on their mind as they buried the Broncos early.
They scored three goals in the first 2:40 of the game and the first six goals of the game to go up 6-0 at the 4:22 mark of the second half. The Lions defense did the rest as Arellano had six of her saves in the fourth quarter. Romero had three goals to lead the team while Daisy Fish and Nicole Hughes added two each.
The Lions return home for the final two games of the regular season. They will host UC San Diego on Senior Day this Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. They will close the regular season against UC Irvine on April 18 at 3:00 p.m. Both games are at the Burns Center.