The women’s water polo team dropped its sixth game in a row against Cal Lutheran, 13-4, on Saturday at Los Flores Park.
The Leopards could not take down the top-seeded Regals during their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match.
La Verne drops its record to 2-21 and 1-6 in SCIAC competition, as they head into the conference tournament beginning today.
“It’s tough,” head coach Alex La said. “For us to be effective was really hard.”
Cal Lutheran scored first on a goal by Regals’ Christina Messer, making it 1-0.
Two minutes later Messer added her second goal of the game.
Messer along with fellow teammate Jane Galluzzi scored three goals during the game.
“ I feel that in the beginning of the game, we were on edge,” freshman Diane Aguayo said. “We stepped it up towards the end. We just step it up too late.”
La Verne finally got on the board after a goal by Melinda Fairman to make it 6-1.
But the Regals went on to score five unanswered goals to extend their lead to 10-1.
“They’re fast and their smart water polo players,” senior Lindsay Jones said. “Sometimes its hard to compete against a team like that when you’re short on numbers.”
But the Leopards were able to muster some positive attacks.
“We did a lot better at minimizing the counter attack,” Jones said. “I thought we did a lot better at defense than we had in the past.”
“We did work on a lot of new things we needed to work on,” La said.
The game marked the final appearance at La Verne’s home pool for Jones.
Jones said she is happy about her career at La Verne.
“I enjoyed it,” Jones said. “I had fun. It was a good experience.”
Although the season is close to an end, members of the water polo team feel better about how their season has ended.
“It was obviously disappointing of course. Every one wants to be on top,” Jones said. “We definitely made huge improvements as a team from the beginning.”
“We have come a long way from all the games we have played so far,” Aguayo said.
As the season ends this weekend, La Verne hopes to finish the tournament on a good note.
“We have been working on some new sets of plays,” Jones said. “Hopefully we can make that work and make it work better for us.”
La hopes that his team can implement the new strategy for the tournament.
La Verne will compete against Pomona-Pitzer in the first round of the SCIAC tournament Friday in Claremont.
“We are hoping to upset them,” La said.
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