THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.-- On a rain soaked Friday, the Azusa Pacific women’s water polo team opened the Cal Lutheran Invitational with a split, defeating Cal Lutheran 10-8 in the first match before falling to No. 20 ranked Michigan 14-8 in game two.
Three separate Cougars registered hat tricks on the day, with Alynn Reade scoring three times against the Wolverines. Taylor Whitney found the back of the net three times against the Regals, while freshman Megan Myers tabbed a match-high four goals in Azusa Pacific’s 10-8 win, helping the Cougars outscore Cal Lu 5-3 in the fourth quarter in their second meeting this season.
Myers finished with six goals on the day, and Alyssa Hess and Angelina Castaneda each posted three scores in the two contests. Megan Minekime dished out a team-high four assists in the win, while Reade and Maryann Slama each tallied four steals.
Katie Margot and Jessica Armagost combined for 16 saves against Michigan, with Whitney chipping in with three steals on the defensive end. Lora Donaldson recorded three steals in the victory over the Regals.
In the win over Cal Lutheran Azusa Pacific grabbed a 2-0 lead after the first quarter, but the Regals fought back with five goals over the next two frames to knot the score at 5-5 after three. Then in a high scoring fourth, the Cougars outscored Cal Lu 5-3, evening their record to 6-6 on the season. Whitney assisted on three Azusa Pacific goals, and Minekime drew four ejections.
Azusa Pacific did a good job of keeping up with the No. 20 ranked Wolverines, holding Michigan to 14 goals thanks to an impressive performance in the cage from Armagost and Margot, who stopped 16 Wolverine shots. Castaneda drew five ejections in the loss, and Hess scored twice.
The Cougars will return to action on Saturday, where they’ll take on Pomona Pitzer at 1 p.m. before facing Cal State East Bay at 6 p.m.