Water polo’s senior day spoiled by Redlands

Leopards junior driver Maddie Lovrensky tries to pass the ball to the center of the pool for a shot while Redlands’ Madison Andres defends Saturday at Las Flores Park. The Leopards held tough on the defensive side of the game, but could not pull together the offense to outscore the Bulldogs resulting in an 11-8 loss for La Verne. Lovrensky scored two goals in the losing effort. / photo by Hunter Cole

Julian Mininsohn
Sports Editor

The women’s water polo team ended its season with an 11-8 loss to Redlands Saturday at the La Verne Aquatic Center.

A fourth quarter comeback by the Leopards fell short despite a solid offensive effort.

“I think we let their counter attacks get to us,” junior defender Maddie Lovrensky said. “We are not used to active teams and they moved around a lot.”

With Redlands leading 9-6 in the fourth quarter sophomore attacker Justine Mojarro scored a goal cutting the lead to two. The Bulldogs and Leopards would trade goals for the rest of the game.

Junior utility Deandra Van Houten and senior center Jaci Cochrane led the Bulldogs with a game-high three goals each.

La Verne had a balanced offensive effort with six different players scoring at least one goal. But the Leopards struggled with putting away offensive opportunities.

“We need to learn to put goals away,” senior goalkeeper Samary Morales said. “We also need to work on our passing.”

Morales was the lone senior who was honored before the game as a part of the team’s senior game.

With the loss, the Leopards fall to 5-23 overall and 1-6 in Southern California Inter­colleg­iate Athletic Confer­ence play. They are currently in eighth place in SCIAC. The Leopards will play Caltech at 1 p.m. in the SCIAC Championship tournament starting Friday at Whittier.

“We need to believe in ourselves,” head coach Alex La said. “We need to come into next week with confidence and knock someone out.”

Julian Mininsohn can be reached at julian.mininsohn@laverne.edu.

Hunter Cole

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