LMU Invite Returns For Year 12
2013 LMU Invitational to have a WWPA theme as Lions play four on Mar. 22-23.
March 21, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- The LMU Invitational hosted by the women's water polo team began in 2002 and for the 12th year it is back with the 2013 edition at the Burns Aquatics Center this Friday and Saturday, Mar. 22-23 and will feature seven teams playing 14 games over the two days.
The annual March tournament returns and will have a Western Water Polo Association feel as five of the games during the 14 game tournament will be WWPA games, including three for the Lions.
This year's field includes WWPA foes Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State East Bay, Cal State Monterey Bay and Sonoma State, along with non-conference foes Whittier and 12th-ranked Princeton. The Tigers are making their fourth trip in five years at the LMU Invite.
Tournament play will begin on Friday with Cal State San Bernardino and Whittier at 9 am. As for the Lions, they will play a pair of WWPA games to open the tournament, facing Sonoma State at 11:30 am and then close day one with Cal State East Bay at 4:30 pm.
Day two will have the Lions take on Cal State Monterey Bay at 11:30 am in a WWPA game and then close the tournament with a top-20 showdown with No. 12 Princeton at 4:30 p.m.
As has been the case all season, balance has been the key to the Lions. Junior Alexandra Honny continues to lead the Lions on offense and defense. She had seven goals and nine steals in the win over Colorado State last weekend and leads the Lions with 32 goals, 23 assists and 41 steals. She now has 168 career goals, 67 career assists and 144 career steals, ranking 8th, 8th and 6th, respectively, all-time at LMU.
She is one of five Lions this season with at least 20 goals. Sophomore Mackenzie Beck is second with 28 goals, followed by senior Jessica Morelos with 27, freshman Ivana Castro with 22 and Laura Lopez with 20.