Perfect Lions Earn Top Seed
LMU earns the No. 1 seed of the 2010 WWPA Women's Water Polo Championship, which will be held April 30 - May 2 at Cal State Bakersfield.
April 22, 2010
Los Angeles, CA (April 22) - Loyola Marymount, who finished the regular season a perfect 8-0 against fellow Western Water Polo Association foes, has been tabbed the top seed for the upcoming 2010 WWPA Women's Water Polo Championship hosted by Cal State Bakersfield at Hillman Aquatic Center Friday, Apr. 30 - Sunday, May 2. The Lions finished with its best regular season record in school history at 24-4.
With a pair of home wins to close out the regular season, the Lions improved to 24-4 on the season, reaching at least 20 wins for the 10th straight year. This season the Lions have posted a program-record 14-game win streak, are a perfect 8-0 against WWPA foes and finish 10-1 at home, second best mark since the Burns Center opened in 2001. The Lions have won 21 straight against the WWPA.
The Lions have been getting balance this season with seven players with 24 or more goals. Senior Anne Scott leads the Lions with 50 goal, while sophomore Kimberly Benedetti is right behind with 43. Junior Mary Ann Campos scored 13 goals the last six games and has 42 on the year. Sophomore Casey Flacks ran her total to 31 on the season after scoring 17 the last two weeks. Junior Diana Romero is one behind with 30. Freshman Erin Manke has contributed 28 in her first season, while junior Daisy Carillo has 24. Kristine Cato, who was named the WWPA Player of the Week for April 21, has been stellar in anchoring the Lions' defense, making 275 saves, including 15 in the win over UC Irvine to earn her second WWPA honor. She is allowing just 6.28 goals per game (which is the best in the nation among goalies with more than 700 minutes played on the season).
Following LMU will be UC San Diego with the No. 2 seed. The Tritons went 8-2 against WWPA opponents and finished 16-17 overall, winning nine of their last 12 to end the regular season. Cal State East Bay, the third seed, earned its highest seed in program history thanks to the second-best overall record in the WWPA on the season, going 21-11 overall and 9-3 against WWPA foes.
Rounding out the top-five seeds is host Cal State Bakersfield and last year's host Santa Clara. The Roadrunners earn the No. 4 seed with an 8-3 mark against the WWPA and a 16-19 record overall. The No. 5 seed Broncos, who advanced to its first title game in 2009, finished 15-14 overall and 8-5 in the WWPA.
The rest of the 2010 seedings are No. 6 Colorado State, No. 7 Sonoma State, No. 8 Cal State San Bernardino, No. 9 Cal State Monterey Bay and No. 10 Chapman.
The tournament will begin at 9:00 a.m., Friday, April 30 when Sonoma State (7-25, 5-12) takes on Chapman (7-21, 0-9). Sonoma State, who took on more top-20 teams than any other team in the WWPA (19), won both meetings against Chapman on the season. The winner will take on No. 2 UC San Diego in Game No. 5 at 3:40 p.m. The Tritons ended the season with a 15-1 over Chapman and won a pair of meetings against Sonoma State.
The second game of the day will feature CS San Bernardino (14-20, 3-10) taking on CS Monterey Bay (9-22, 1-6) at 10:20 a.m. It will be the first meeting of the season between the Coyotes and Otters. The winner will then face the top-seeded Lions in Game Six at 5 p.m. The Lions did not face CSUMB and defeated CSUSB in their only meeting, 9-2.
Game Three will pit the host Roadrunners against the Broncos at 1 p.m. The two teams met just once on the season, and CSUB earned a 13-12 overtime win at Santa Clara. Game Four will feature Cal State East Bay taking on Colorado State (10-16, 5-5) at 2:20 p.m. The Pioneers defeated the Rams 8-7 in their only meeting.
The tournament will run through Sunday, May 2 with the championship game taking place at 3 p.m. The winner earns the automatic bid the National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Championship hosted by San Diego State at Aztec Aquaplex, May 14-16, 2010.
2010 WWPA Women's Championship Seedings: