RIVERSIDE, Calif.-- It wasn’t the homecoming head coach Julie Snodgrass was looking for against her alma mater as No. 19 (CWPA) California Baptist opened up with a 5-0 lead before handing Azusa Pacific its seventh straight loss following an 11-day break. The Lancers registered three hat tricks in their 13-6 defeat of the Cougars and had five players finish with multiple goals.
Azusa Pacific (7-22), which got a hat trick of its own from Megan Minekime, who scored all three of her goals in the final frame, struggled in the 6-on-5 game, notching just two goals in seven opportunities compared to 4-of-7 for the Lancers (20-9). Minekime led all Cougar players with three goals, while Taylor Whitney, Courtney Folsom, and Allison Gonzales rounded out the scoring for Azusa Pacific.
In the first quarter both squads played well defensively, shutting each other out until the Lancers broke through with a goal on Alyssa Birch’s first score of the match at the 2:03 mark. Birch then gave California Baptist another goal 40 seconds later to put Azusa Pacific in a 0-2 deficit at the first break.
In the second the Lancers struck quickly, rattling off a pair of goals in the first minute and a half to jump to a 4-0 edge before Tania Acavedo gave California Baptist a 5-0 advantage with a power-play score with 3:52 to go in the half. Whitney gave the Cougars their first goal of the game, beating last year’s national saves leader, Camryn Rogers, to make it a 5-1 contest before Gonzales sandwiched a Lancer score to make it 6-2 at the half.
Azusa Pacific opened the third with a penalty, giving Molly Gritchen her third goal of the game on a penalty shot to put California Baptist ahead 7-2 before Folsom fought back with her lone goal of the match. Then after netting twice more the Lancers went into the fourth with a commanding 10-3 lead.
In the final frame Minekime found the back of the net for her first of three fourth quarter goals, but the Lancers edge would be too big to overcome as Azusa Pacific fell 13-6. Brooke Sovick tallied seven saves in the match, while Folsom and Gonzales were each majored in the fourth. Jennifer Horchler registered a game-high six steals, while Minkime added two assists.
The Cougars have a chance to get back in the W column with a contest against Pomona Pitzer tomorrow night at 7 p.m.