Tigers Drop Two On Day One Of Lancer Invite
The Pacific women's water polo team dropped a pair of contests on Friday, Feb. 17, as part of the Lancer Invitational hosted by Cal Baptist. The Tigers fell to No. 2 USC 14-2 in Game One before losing to Cal Baptist 16-3 in Game Two.
Pacific now sits at 6-4, breaking a six-game winning streak. USC and Cal Baptist improved to 5-1 and 3-5, respectively.
Facing it's highest-ranked opponent of the season, Pacific struggled to generate much offense against USC. The Trojans jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead before sophomore Elise Martin put the Tigers on the board midway through the first quarter.
USC would end the frame scoring three more goals before putting away two early in the second quarter, going up 7-1 with five minutes left in the half. Senior Kim Kay found the back of the cage at the 4:54 mark for Pacific's second goal of the match. The Trojans took back the momentum on their next possession before taking an 8-2 lead into intermission.
The Tigers would not score the rest of the way as USC put away one goal in the third quarter before adding five in the final frame, cruising to victory.
Sophomore goalkeeper Michele Relton recorded 10 saves in a complete-game effort. She now has eight double-figure block outings this season.
USC's Savannah Fletcher led all scorers with four goals. Trojan goalkeeper Flora Bolonyai blocked nine shots.
Game Two saw both squads get off to slow starts. Cal Baptist registered the first goal of the match with 2:46 left in the first quarter. Pacific answered with a Taylor Adair goal at the 1:13 mark, tying the match at 1-1 after the first eight minutes.
The second quarter was a back-and-forth affair that saw both teams trade a pair of goals. The Lancers took one-goal advantages twice in the quarter only to see the Tigers answer, first on a goal from sophomoreMalena Prlain followed by a score from Kay with 2:07 left in the half. Cal Baptist managed to pull away at the end of the period, scoring two goals, the second of which came with just 15 seconds left to take a 5-3 lead into halftime.
Pacific drew to within one, 5-4, on Adair's second goal of the match early in the third quarter before the hosts scored two straight goals to go up 7-4. Prlain tallied for a second time midway through the frame to break the Lancers' run, but Cal Baptist would put three more goals in the back of the cage before the quarter ended, taking a 10-5 lead into the final period.
The hosts scored their fourth consecutive goal just 30 seconds into the fourth quarter, taking its largest lead of the match at 11-5. Martin put one past the Lancers' keeper with 6:52 left but the Tigers were unable to overcome the five-goal deficit as Cal Baptist notched two more goals to secure the win.
Adair and Prlain both had two goals for Pacific. Relton blocked seven shots and added four steals.
CBU's Petra Kovacs led all scorers with four goals. Lancer goalkeeper Camryn Rogers recorded 14 saves.
The Tigers are back in action tomorrow for Day Two of the tournament. Pacific's first game is set for 1 p.m. against Occidental followed by a 3:40 pm tilt versus Fresno Pacific.
Game One - No. 2 USC 14, Pacific 2
Pacific 1 - 1 - 0 - 0 - - 2
USC 5 - 3 - 1 - 5 - - 14
Pacific - Kay, Martin
USC - Fletcher 4, N. McCall 3, Gilchrist 2, Jancso 2, Cummins, C. McCall, Vavic
Pacific - Relton 10
USC - Bolonyai 9
Game Two - Cal Baptist 13, Pacific 6
Pacific 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - - 6
Cal Baptist 1 - 4 - 5 - 3 - - 13
Pacific - Adair 2, Prlain 2, Kay, Martin
Cal Baptist - Kovacs 4, Berry 2, Gritchen 2, Acavedo, Montano, Paul, Tran, Webb
Pacific - Relton 7
Cal Baptist - Rogers 14