Growth Opportunity Awaits in Tough Tourney
Women's water polo travels to toughest regular season tournament of the season, looking at 15 teams ranked in 16-team UC Irvine Invitational.
Feb. 22, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Each step in the first month of the women's water polo season has been about growth for young roster of 16th-ranked LMU. Up next for the Lions is the UC Irvine Invitational, a field featuring 15 ranked teams in the 16-team field that will give the Lions a true measure of where they are.
LMU is in Group D of the tournament field, opening with fourth-ranked Cal at the Marian Bergeson Aquatic Center at Corona Del Mar High School on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The other game in their group will have No. 5 Arizona State facing No. 15 Cal State Northridge at 12:45 p.m. The winners play at 4:30 p.m. while the losers play at 5:45 p.m.
The field is loaded with the top program in the country as top-9 teams are in the field. Group A features No. 1 Stanford, No. 8 Hawaii, No. 9 San Jose St., and CSU Bakersfield, who is not ranked but is receiving votes in the poll. Group B features No. 2 USC, No. 7 San Diego St., No. 13 UC Santa Barbara and No. 18 Pacific. Group C has No. 3 UCLA, No. 6 UC Irvine, No. 14 UC Davis and No. 17 UC San Diego.
Groups A and D are at Corona Del Mar while Groups B and C are at Anteater Aquatics Center.
The Lions have had a two-week layoff since three straight wins at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational on Feb. 9-10. Junior Alexandra Honny led the Lions with 10 goals, four assists and five steals in the tournament to win KAP7 WWPA Player of the Week honors on Feb. 13.
Honny leads a balanced attack for the Lions with 16 goals, 11 assists and 14 steals. She now has 152 goals in her career, ranking seventh all-time at LMU. She also has 117 steals to rank 12th all-time.
Freshman Claire Wright also has eight steals to go with her 71 saves on the season.