Women’s water polo drops third

Posted April 13, 2007
Lauren Pollard
After regaining possession of the ball, junior Laura Larsen makes for the goal in La Verne’s first SCIAC home game of the season against Cal Lutheran on April 7. Larsen scored twice in the second half of the game but it was not enough to make up for the team’s 4-for-31 shooting performance, giving Cal Lutheran the win, 13-4. The team will play Pomona-Pitzer at home Saturday.

The La Verne women’s water polo team was coming off two straight losses from their first two matches when they played against Cal Lutheran on March 4.

Despite playing at home, the Leopards unfortunately extended their losing streak to three matches in conference play.

The match seemed over before it started.

Perhaps the ULV women were a little down on their 0-2 conference mark, or perhaps the Regals were pumped up following their 10-9 victory over Whittier.

“I think we have team unity,” junior driver Katie Watkins said. “But on the flip side, we’re a young team so we don’t really have leadership in the water just yet.”

Still, it became apparent that the Leopards were falling behind and trailed they did when Cal Lu scored their first goal after 95 seconds into the game.

It also did not help that Cal Lu’s goalkeeper, Katie Windsor, was in the zone that evening by making 11 saves in her three periods as keeper.

Everything the Leopards shot at her seemed to end up in her hands.

This fact was evident because ULV only scored two goals in the first three periods.

Windsor, along with Regal freshman Kelly Cave who came in to goal tend in the fourth period, combined to block 13 shots.

Things were looking bad for the Leopards but they fought to stay alive.

La Verne may have been the underdog, but they showed great determination and made a worthy effort.

“We have a lot of talent,” junior utility Lindsey Watson said. “We just don’t use our ability to the max. Sometimes we get flustered and we’re not always thinking to shoot.”

ULV only scored four out of 31 shot attempts which was what mattered in the end.

“I think we couldn’t pull our offense together,” Watkins said. “We need to play smarter and keep our heads up to make good decisions.”

The Leopards’ refusal to give up was most illustrated by Watson, the team’s leading scorer and captain, when she made the first goal for ULV in the second period.

She took advantage of a 6-on-5 opportunity and put the Leopards up on the scoreboard.

This got the Leopards rolling as junior Laura Larsen made two goals in the second half in addition to one more by Mahina Reyes.

But the Regals’ big lead proved to be too long a stretch to make up and the Leopards fell to the Cal Lu, 13-4.

The Regals were on a roll with three goals in the first period, four in the second, another four in the third and two in the fourth.

Four Cal Lu women had two goals each under their belts, or rather suits, and four more of their players added their own goals to the score.

It seemed as if all of their players were playing offense. This proved to be tough for Lindsay Jones, ULV’s top goalie as she made only seven saves.

“I think we need to be more aggressive offensively,” freshman utility Amanda Fernandez said. “More girls need to step up and be shooters and have more confidence in their abilities.”

La Verne will play Pomona at home Saturday at 10 a.m.

Taryn Aguilar can be reached at taguilar@ulv.edu.

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