Women's Water Polo Ends Regular Season Friday
Lions travel to No. 6 UC Irvine for the final game of the regular season game.
April 17, 2014
LOS ANGELES -LMU women's water polo will wrap-up the regular season on Friday, April 18 when they travel to No. 6 UC Irvine for a 7 pm start. The Lions are 19-11 on the season while UC Irvine is 20-7.
The Lions are 5-1 in the Golden Coast Conference and have wrapped up the number two seed in the upcoming GCC Championships. LMU will host the tournament April 24-26 at the Burns Aquatics Center.
INSIDE THE LIONS
The Lions are led by seniors Kiara Cerda, Alexandra Honny, Erin Manke and Kassandra Smith. All four have been key in the Lions' success over the years, combining to play 402 games heading into the weekend.
Ranked 12th nationally, the Lions are led by Honny, who has 72 goals to lead the GCC this season. She enters the weekend with 279 goals in her career, second all-time in LMU history. She also leads the team and the conference with 77 steals, earning 14 in three games last weekend.
She has also added 27 assists. Her 110 assists is third in school history while her 266 steals is second. She will play in her 132nd game against UC Irvine, an LMU record.
Joining her in the career rankings is fifth-year senior Manke, who served a redshirt season in 2013. She leads the team this season with 45 assists, giving her an LMU record 181. She is also tied for eighth with 142 goals and 11th with 129 steals. For Manke, this will be her 117th game as a Lion.
While the Lions are paced by their four seniors, the Lions feature a young roster. Junior Mackenzie Beck has turned into a leader, and his fourth on the team with 40 goals, fourth in assists with 22, second in steals with 42 and second with 40 drawn exclusions. She too is climbing up the record book with 113 career goals (tied for 16th), 65 assists (10th), and 87 steals (20th).
Fellow junior Laura Lopez is having an All-Conference type season with 42 goals this season, adding 25 assist and 21 steals. Sophomore Ivana Castro is right with her in goals with 42 while adding 24 assists and 31 steals.
Sophomore Claire Wright anchors the Lions defense in goal, ranking third in the GCC with 9.86 saves per game and third with goals against average of 8.12. She has 239 saves on the season, third in the GCC, and now has 435 in her two-year career, already fifth in LMU history.
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