LOS ANGELES-- In its final warm up before the season-ending NAIA National Invitational in Fresno this weekend Azusa Pacific fell to No. 7 (CWPA) Loyola Marymount 20-4 on Thursday afternoon.
The Cougars got goals from just three players while the Lions registered two hat tricks, led by Alexandra Honny, who scored three times in the opening quarter before finishing the match with a game-high six goals. Azusa Pacific (8-24) earned just four 6-on-5 chances and converted only one for a score while Loyola Marymount (16-9) drew seven ejections, capitalizing four times to go with a five-meter penalty goal.
Taylor Whitney’s two scores paced the Cougars, while Lora Donaldson and Jennifer Horchler each found the back of the net once in the loss. Allison Gonzales, Courtney Folsom had one assist each, while Horchler, who currently ranks second in the nation (NCAA & NAIA) in steals, swiped four more to push her total to 69 on the season.
Brooke Sovick had five saves in the match, but allowed the Lions to register the second highest scoring output of the year against the Cougars with 20. Megan Minekime drew a team-high three ejections while Folsom, Whitney, and Donaldson had two steals apiece.
The loss dropped Azusa Pacific to 0-8 against teams ranked inside the Collegiate Water Polo Association’s coaches poll. The Cougars will now travel to Fresno to compete in the NAIA National Invite where they’ll face Fresno Pacific and Concordia on Friday before taking on No. 17 California Baptist and Vanguard on Saturday. Azusa Pacific is a combined 2-3 against this year’s field after splitting matches with Fresno Pacific, defeating Vanguard, and losing to California Baptist and Concordia.