Women’s water polo finishes 5th

Sophomore Jennifer Pachecho adds one more point to the Leopards' score as her shot gets by Jarie Hamilton-Graves, goalie for the Whittier Poets. The game ended with an 11-2 victory for the Leopards. The SCIAC Championships for women's water polo were April 27-29 at Pomona College. Pachecho finished the weekend with 7 goals total. / photo by Jen Newman
Sophomore Jennifer Pacheco adds one more point to the Leopards’ score as her shot gets by Jarie Hamilton-Graves, goalie for the Whittier Poets. The game ended with an 11-2 victory for the Leopards. The SCIAC Championships for women’s water polo were April 27-29 at Pomona College. Pachecho finished the weekend with 7 goals total. / photo by Jen Newman

by Matt Cresto
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne women’s water polo team came into the SCIAC tournament as underdogs but came out of it with a positive 3-2 record.

It was a huge lift for the women to come away with wins over top seed Claremont, Pomona-Pitzer and Whittier.

“These were huge wins for us,” said junior Summer Hammons. “It proved we are a good team and we can beat anyone.”

The Leopards took the first game of the tournament with a 7-4 win over Claremont.

At the time, Claremont was tied with Redlands for first place. ULV scored twice in the first period with goals from sophomore Jennifer Pacheco and freshman Sarah Kelly.

The Leopards scored twice in the second quarter with goals by junior Tandis Morgan and a last second shot just before halftime from half tank by sophomore Jen Brady. Brady added two more goals in the second half to help clinch the victory for the Leopards.

In game two, the Leopards were unable to match their play from the game before. ULV came up on the short end of a 9-4 contest against conference champion Redlands.

Pacheco scored first for the Leopards in the first period. Morgan carried the Leopards with a hat trick, consisting of a goal in the second and two in the third period.

ULV rebounded from the loss against Redlands to defeat Pomona-Pitzer 6-4 in game three.

ULV jumped out early with four goals in the first period. Pacheco and Morgan each scored once while Kelly added two.

The Leopards were shut out in the second period, but Hammons answered with a goal in the third. Pacheco finished the scoring with a goal in the fourth.

“Everybody was on,” said Hammons. “Every game we showed up to play.”

The Leopards were unable to start any offense going into game four as they lost to Occidental 7-1. The Leopards were held scoreless in the first half.

Once again, they were lead by Pacheco as she scored the only goal for ULV in the third period.

Game five was a cakewalk for La Verne as they defeated Whittier 11-2 for their final match of the tournament.

Pacheco started off the scoring with a goal in the first and later added one in the third period. She ended the weekend with seven goals.

Morgan contributed once again with her second hat trick of the weekend, scoring twice in the first period and once in the second.

Senior Catheryn Stokely added her only goal of the tournament in the second.

Angela Griffith and junior Alison Alastuey scored once in the second half. Kelly added two goals and Hammons scored once in the fourth period to cap off the scoring.

Junior goalie Maria De Santis said, “Everybody stepped up equally. Not just one person shined.”

The Leopards finished the season in fifth place in SCIAC.

“We laid a foundation this weekend,” said De Santis. “This was a stepping stone for next year.”

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