Cardinal Too Much for Lions
Lions fall to No. 2 Stanford at home in Cardinal's first trip to LMU.
April 14, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Playing their third straight top-five opponent, 11th-ranked LMU couldn't find an answer to a stingy Stanford defense as the second-ranked Cardinal earned a 10-2 win in their first trip to the Burns Aquatics Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Cardinal, who look to move to No. 1 in the nation after holding previously unbeaten USC to just four goals on Saturday in a 6-4 win, improve to 25-1 on the season while the Lions fall to 17-11. Stanford's defense held both USC and LMU to nearly eight goals lower than their season average in the two wins.
"Playing against top teams shows why you have to play at your best every minute of every corner," said Head Coach Kyle Witt. "They make you pay for mistakes and in the last several games it has been one bad quarter. We had a bad quarter against USC, a bad quarter against UCLA and now today. We take care of that one quarter, we will be right there."
Stanford was efficient early in jumping out to a 3-0 lead to start the game and their defense did the rest. The Lions were held to a pair of goals from senior Jessica Morelos and junior Alexandra Honny. Kiley Heushul led the Cardinal with three goals.
The Lions closed the first quarter with a goal to cut the lead to 3-1, but Stanford held the Lions off the board in the second to take a 7-1 lead and never look back. Four different Cardinal scored in the decisive second quarter run.
LMU continues its stretch of the nation's best when they travel to No. 6 UC Irvine on Friday, Apr. 19 at 7 pm before returning home for senior day and the final game of the regular season against Occidental on Saturday. Game time at the Burns Center is 3 pm.