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Maryann Slama tallied four steals in Azusa Pacific's overtime loss to Whittier.

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Published
March 7, 2014
By
Chris Baker

CLAREMONT, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific women’s water polo team suffered its second and third consecutive losses on Friday at the Claremont Convergence, falling to No. 12 ranked Long Beach State 12-3 before losing to Whittier for the second time this season in a 10-9 overtime loss.

Freshman Megan Myers led all Cougars with four goals on the day, scoring twice in each of the team’s two matches. Alynn Reade and Maryann Slama added a pair of scores on Friday, with Reade finding the back of the net twice against the Poets.

In the loss to Whittier, Azusa Pacific had a chance to put the Poets away in the final seconds. With 35 seconds remaining in regulation, a Cougar shot sailed high after being tipped, giving Azusa Pacific possession and a chance for the final shot. The Cougars, however, couldn’t convert, and went into overtime tied at 8-8 with Whittier.

Each team found the back of the net in the first overtime period, with Alyssa Hess putting the Cougars ahead 9-8 with 1:44 to play in the frame. But on the next possession Whittier’s Jasmine Villalpando registered the equalizer to make it a 9-9 affair headed into the second overtime.

Then after both teams played over four and a half minutes of scoreless water polo, Whittier tabbed a back-breaking goal with 24 seconds on the clock, and Azusa Pacific couldn’t counter, falling to the Poets 10-9 in the team’s first overtime loss of the season.

Allison Gonzales, Taylor Whitney, and Lora Donaldson each scored in the match, while Slama tallied four steals and two assists. Katie Margot recorded nine saves and three steals.

In the loss to the 49ers Azusa Pacific faced an early 2-0 deficit and trailed 5-2 at the half before Long Beach State posted a 12-3 victory.

Azusa Pacific will return to action on Saturday when it faces Penn State Behrend and George Washington in the final two matches of the Claremont Convergence.