Senior Renee Moyer fought hard for the ball against Lisa Smith of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Moyer scored three goals on Friday and continued throughout the weekend to score eight goals. La Verne lost to CMS but went on to beat Cal Lutheran and Whittier. This placed La Verne in fifth place in SCIAC.
The 2006 SCIAC Women’s Water Polo Tournament was stationed at the La Verne Aquatic Center for three days of competition.
Eight teams competed throughout the competition with the winner being the one with most dual wins at the finale of the tourney.
For the Leopards, they were seeded seventh entering the tournament based on conference play throughout the season.
As a result, they were slated to play their first game of the tournament against second seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the first game of the opening day.
In the first period, the Leopards were clearly dominated as CMS sophomore Kristin Orkney led her squad with three goals.
The Leopards were shut out in the first period of play and were unable to respond until the next period when senior Kristin McKown scored ULV’s first goal with nearly four minutes left.
“Honestly, I didn’t know when or see when my goals went in” said McKown. “Both goals came from the same play that we kept running,” McKown said.
However Orkney was not done as she went on to score two more goals in the second and third periods to lead the Leopards, 5-2, entering the last frame.
The last period proved to be more bad news as four other Athenas scored to win the game, 9-2.
Day two was a different story for the Leopards as they matched up against sixth seeded Cal Lutheran for the first match of the day again.
La Verne started off slow by not scoring in the first period however the Regals were able to score two goals in the opening period.
Driver Renee Moyer then struck first blood for the Leopards as she scored under four minutes left in the second period.
McKown then got going herself as she added two goals of her own in the third period as the Leopards extended their lead 4-2 entering the last period.
The Regals could add only one more score as they fell to La Verne with a final of 4-3.
In the last day of competition, La Verne looked to make another upset, this time of the Whittier Poets.
The Leopards came out the gate strong and early scoring three goals in the first period over Whittier.
Sophomore Lindsey Watson supplied the lone goal in the second period to help extend the lead 4-2 after two periods.
The Poets attempted a late comeback in the fourth period scoring five goals but La Verne edged Whittier by one, 9-8.
Moyer was the star of the game as she scored three times throughout the game in three different periods.
Utility players Lindsey Watson and Jen Aguilar also added two goals a piece in the match in addition to goals by Laura Larsen and Kaitlin Vick.
Goalie Lindsay Jones also notched her most saves in the tournament with nine against the Poets in the final game.
“The [Whittier] game was exciting to win against a team that we had lost to twice during the season”, said Jones, a freshman from Alta Loma.
Overall, the Leopards took seventh place in the tournament losing out to Cal Lutheran for sixth place by just one point.
The eventual winners of the tournament were Claremont-Mudds-Scripps, as the Athenas finished with 14 points, just edging out Pomona-Pitzer by one point.
“No one really expected a lot of us and we were surprised how well we played in the tournament from the momentum we had in beating Cal Lu and then beating Whittier in the last two games,” said senior Morgan Delaney.
The tournament marks the end for the La Verne women’s water polo team as they went 10-16 on the season, but the mark does not show the strides of improvement and success this year.
With only four seniors graduating this year, women’s water polo will be on the prowl again to win the SCIAC title with a young core of players.
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