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Published
January 25, 2013
By
Chris Baker

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif.-- On day one of the UCSB Mini Tournament the Azusa Pacific women’s water polo team couldn’t overcome a pair of rough starts. The Cougars (1-3) fell to No. 15 (CWPA) UCSB 11-3 before losing to Concordia 14-7 after being outscored 15-6 in the first half of Friday’s matches.

In the first match of the tournament the Gauchos jumped out to an 8-2 halftime lead, while the Eagles held a 7-4 advantage over the Cougars in the afternoon contest, overshadowing Alyssa Hess’ second hat trick of the season. The sophomore scored four goals for the second time this season, while Megan Minekime and Taylor Whitney each found the back of the net twice between the two games. Junior keeper Jessica Armagost combined to stop 17 shots on the day, posting 10 against UCSB.

In the match against Concordia the Eagles and Cougars went into the first break knotted at 1-1. But in the second frame Concordia exploded for six scores to go into the break ahead 7-4 after Azusa Pacific netted three goals in the period. In the third quarter the Eagles doubled up on Azusa Pacific with four scores compared to Azusa Pacific’s two. In the fourth Concordia put the finishing touches on the win with a 3-1 scoring advantage over the final eight minutes of play.

Concordia’s Jamie Clark led all scorers with six goals, while Chelsea Harrod, Maria Quiroz, and Haley Ring combined for seven goals. Alynn Reade logged her second career goal in the loss, while Minekime, and Whitney each found the back of the net.

In match one the Cougars found themselves in an early hole, trailing 4-1 at the first break. Then in the second quarter the Gauchos extended their lead to 8-2 with another 4-1 quarter. In the second half Azusa Pacific’s defense limited UCSB to three goals, but the Cougars’ offense managed only a score as they fell 11-3 to UCSB in the opening match of the tournament after committing 16 turnovers, and giving up 11 6-on-5 chances.

“We knew going in they’d be fast and quick. They have a lot of talent, but we had 16 turnovers and they capitalized off of our mistakes. We missed a one-on-none and they converted that into a goal. You can’t do that against a team like UCSB,” said head coach Julie Snodgrass. “In the second half we were able to cover back on the transition. We were able to stop their second half 6-on-5 conversions and defensively we communicated better. I was happy to see us make that adjustment,”

In the loss Armagost logged her second consecutive 10-save match and tallied three steals, while Courtney Folsom, Minekime, and Whitney each found the back of the net. Taylor drew a team-high three ejections, while Lora Donaldson finished with two assists, and a steal. Brittany Garrigan and Horchler notched three steals apiece in the match.

Azusa Pacific struggled in 6-on-5 chances, scoring only once in 11 tries, while the Gauchos scored four times in the same number of chances. UCSB had three players finish with two scores apiece, and got a combined 12 saves between both of its keepers.

Azusa Pacific will get back in the pool for the second day of the UCSB Mini Tournament, where it’ll face a pair of ranked teams. The Cougars will square off with No. 8 Loyola Marymount at 11:50 a.m., before taking on No. 24 Pacific at 3:30 p.m.