Lions Defeat Santa Clara in Comeback

April 25, 2014

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LOS ANGELES -New league, same result. The LMU women's water polo team is back into another conference championship game. The Lions came from behind to earn a 10-9 win over Santa Clara in the first semifinal of the Golden Coast Conference Championships at the Burns Aquatics Center on Friday.

The Lions advance to their 15th straight conference title game, making 14 straight in the Western Water Polo Association before joining the GCC this season. The Lions (21-12) will take on San Diego State (23-11) in the championship game on Saturday at 2:30 pm. The Aztecs defeated Pacific in the second semifinal, 9-6.

First-team All-GCC selections Alexandra Honny and Ivana Castro scored three goals each for the Lions (21-12), while Claire Eadington and Elle Surber had three each for Santa Clara (17-12).

It was a classic from start to finish as the Lions needed three straight goals in the fourth quarter to erase a goal-deficit to advance.

Santa Clara's Kaitlin Murphy gave the Broncos an 8-7 lead with 5:35 left in the game just 15 seconds after the Lions had tied it on a Laura Lopez goal.

At that point the Lions took control of the fourth quarter and the game. Lopez would tie the game once again, this time with 4:05 to play. Then with 2:45 to play, Castro scored to make it 9-8 for the Lions. They would tack on a key insurance goal, as Mackenzie Beck scored her second of the game with 1:48 to play.

Santa Clara would cut the lead to one with 27 seconds left on a 6-on-5 goal. However, the Lions will milk the clock.

Santa Clara took an early 2-1 lead to start the game, getting a goal with 20 seconds to go in the opening frame from Surber.

LMU would score three straight to take a 4-2 lead. The teams would trade goals before Santa Clara scored a key goal to close the half as Surber score with just 23 seconds left.

The Broncos would tie the game on yet another Surber goal with 6:18 to play. After Honny scored on a five-meter, the Broncos scored back-to-back goals, including the go ahead goal from Eadington with 2:04 to play to set-up the final thrilling quarter.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, children under 12 and students with a valid ID. Watch the games live on the LMU Sports Network.




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