No. 4, No. 2 This Week for Lions
Women's water polo continues late season stretch against nation's best, traveling to No. 4 UCLA Friday, hosting No. 2 Stanford on Sunday.
April 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- The late season stretch of schedule against the nation's top-10 continues for the 11th-ranked LMU women's water polo team, as they play a pair of games on the week. They will start with a local trip to No. 4 UCLA on Friday then return home to host No. 2 Stanford for the first time in program history.
The Lions sit at 17-9 on the season and will play a pair of teams in the top-five of this week's national poll, marking the sixth and seventh time this season they will play a team ranked in the top-five. This will be the first meeting of the season and 20th overall against the Bruins, while the meeting at home against the two-time defending champion Cardinal will be the first ever at the Burns Aquatics Center.
LMU, who had faced Stanford just five times in program history prior to this season, will face them for the second time on the year, falling 14-8 when they were ranked No. 1 in the nation on Jan. 27.
The game against the Bruins (21-4) is set for 7 pm at the Spieker Aquatics Center. The Lions will host the Cardinal (23-1) at the Burns Aquatics Center starting at 12 noon. Stanford is coming off an 8-1 win over UCLA on Apr. 6 and will face No. 1 USC on Saturday at 4 pm.
The Lions come into the game with continued balance offensively with five layers scoring 32 or more goals. Junior Alexandra Honny is eighth in the Western Water Polo Association with 51 goals on the season, seventh with 32 assists and tops in the league with 71 steals. She now ranks seventh all-time in career goals at LMU with 187, three behind Mary Ann Campos for sixth.
Senior Jessica Morelos continues to have her best campaign, scoring 39 goals with 25 steals. Youth has been getting into the act as well as sophomores Mackenzie Beck and Laura Lopez continue to grow as leaders. Beck has 37 goals with 27 assists and 24 steals while Lopez has 32 goals, 29 assists and 22 steals. Freshman Ivana Castro has 32 goals while freshman Danielle Johnson has 20 goals and is second on the team with 32 steals.
Defense has also set the tone for wins of late. In the Lions last eight wins, LMU has allowed just 30 goals, good for just 3.75 goals against behind freshman goalie Claire Wright, who has 136 saves this season.