The women’s water polo team was back in the water for a doubleheader Wednesday as it faced Azusa Pacific and conference rival Pomona-Pitzer.
The Leopards dropped both games, losing a close match to APU, 6-4, and losing the second match, 15-5, giving La Verne an overall record of 2-17.
The first match of the doubleheader looked promising for the Leopards as they jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with junior Melinda Fairman’s goal.
La Verne’s lead proved to be short lived as APU answered back with a goal of their own ending the first quarter with a tied score.
The remainder of the first half proved to be all APU as they built on their momentum mounting a 5-1 lead at the half.
“We came out slow in the first and second quarter, and when we come out slow this is what we get,” coach Alex La said.
Coming out in the second half, Fairman recorded her second goal of the game, scoring in the opening minutes of the third quarter, making the score 5-2.
APU scored in the last seconds of the third quarter, giving APU a four point cushion, by a score of 6-2.
La Verne answered back in the fourth quarter with a pair of goals from freshman Elizabeth Roberts and Fairman, putting the game within reach.
The Leopards’ slow start proved to be too costly though, as their comeback efforts proved to be short lived, and not enough, with the game ending in APU’s favor.
APU took the match, 6-4.
“We tried to pick it up. I think we put a lot of heart into it at the end,” Fairman said. “We just need to start out hard and keep pushing.”
In the second game of the doubleheader La Verne faced off against conference rival, the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens.
The Sagehens began the game scoring early and often as they went on to score eight unanswered goals.
Sophomore utility player Tiffany Martin finally put the Leopards on the scoreboard, scoring La Verne’s first goal of the game, making the score 8-1.
The Leopards went into halftime down 9-1.
The second half was much of the same as La Verne was out played in every area with the Sagehens winning in convincing fashion, 15-5.
The Saeghens improved their record to 5-1 and secure the second spot in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“Playing back to back is tough especially when you have no subs,” senior goalie Lindsay Jones said. “we gave it all we had.”
Roberts contributed three of La Verne’s five goals, while freshman utility player Ashley Forsberg contributing a goal in the match.
The Leopards continued play on Saturday as they took on conference rival Whittier.
La Verne was downed 15-7 in a tough match, which puts their record at 2-18 for the season.
With the win Whittier notched their first conference win of the year.
On Wednesday the La Verne played SCIAC opponent Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
The results were still bleak for the Leopards, dropping the game 12-3.
The loss to Claremont drops their record to 1-5 in conference play.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps improved their record to 3-3 in the division.
The ladies will take on the first place Cal Lutheran Regals in a home affair at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
The water polo team will try and end the year on a high note as they compete in the conference tournament.
The SCIAC Tournament will be held on April 24-26 in Claremont.
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