Feb. 8, 2013
The Last Meeting
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April 29, 2012
La Jolla, CA
Defense Gives Lions Title
LMU Head Coach Kyle Witt has been preaching defense throughout the 2012 season, and it was defense that came through at the end. Defense helped LMU claim its ninth WWPA title since 2001 thanks to a 7-6 win over UC San Diego in the championship game of the 2012 Western Water Polo Association Women's Championships at UC San Diego in La Jolla, Calif., on Sunday afternoon.
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LOS ANGELES -- After a week off, the 15th-ranked LMU women's water polo team head back into action, entering their second straight tournament of the season that features a loaded field. This time its the UC San Diego Triton Invitational, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10. The Lions will open with host and 19th-ranked UCSD on Saturday at 9:20 a.m.
The 16-team is one of the toughest in recent years at the annual tournament. 10 of the programs are ranked in the latest top-20 poll, with four more receiving votes. The Lions are in Group B with the host, and the two will meet in a non-conference match-up to open the tournament. The other pairing in the group is No. 5 Arizona State taking on Marist at 8 a.m. The winners will play at 2:40 p.m., with the losers at 1:20 p.m.
This is the 12th straight year the Lions have played in the Triton Invitational. They are 36-8 at the tournament in the last 11 years, going 2-2 a year ago with both setbacks coming to top-8 teams. They have gone 4-0 five times, the last coming in 2010.
Also in the field is, in Group A, No. 2 USC, No. 16 Hartwick, No. 17 Cal State Northridge and Cal State East Bay. Group C features No. 6 UC Irvine, No. 13 UC Santa Barbara, CSU Bakersfield and Sonoma State. Group D includes No. 7 San Diego State, No. 10 Michigan, Long Beach St. and Santa Clara.
The Lions have already faced Santa Clara and Arizona State in their first tournament two weeks ago, defeating the Broncos but falling to the Sun Devils.
LMU features a balanced attack among its young squad. Senior Jessica Morelos leads the team in goals with 10, adding four steals. Freshman Ivana Castro and senior Morgan Bonk added eight goals each, while sophomores Mackenzie Beck and Laura Lopez have seven each. Freshman goalie Claire Wright has 37 saves on the season.
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