Four Lions Earn Conference Honors
Ivana Castro earns third straight First-Team All-GCC honor.
LOS ANGELES -- LMU senior Ivana Castro became the first player in the young three-year history of the Golden Coast Conference to earn First-Team All-GCC honors in each of the first three seasons. Castro highlights four Lions to earn postseason conference honors, which was released by the GCC on Tuesday.
Castro earned first-team honors and was joined by senior Bridgette Alvarez, who was named second-team All-GCC, and freshmen Sky Flores and Hana Vilanova. The two freshmen earned Honorable Mention All-GCC honors along with being named GCC All-Freshmen.
In 122 games, Castro continues the pipe line of success from the Commerce program, earning back-to-back All-American. She is ranked 12th in the GCC with 42 goals and 13th in assists, with 24. She now ranks eighth all-time with 188 goals, sixth all-time with 99 assists and 473 shot attempts and 15th with 116 steals.
Alvarez has played in 128 games in her career, and her 71 drawn exclusions this season is ranked seventh all-time at LMU. She now has giving her 148 in her career, ranking eighth. Alvarez is also ranked 20th all-time with 103 goals, scoring a career-best 33 this season.
On the defensive side, the Lions have been anchored by Flores. She 255 saves this season, ranking second in the GCC. She has played in all 30 games for the Lions as a true freshman.
Also leading the Lions in her first season of college water polo is the Spain native Vilanova. She leads the team in goals with 44, ranking 10th in the GCC. She is also 11th in the conference in steals with 36.
The Lions will head to the GCC Championships in San Diego on Apr. 29-May 1 at the Aztec Aquaplex. They are the No. 4 seed and will face fifth-seeded Santa Clara on Friday, Apr. 29 at 3 pm.
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