GLENDORA, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific women’s water polo team put an end to its three-match losing streak in emphatic fashion, using an 9-0 run en route to a decisive 15-6 win over Chapman Saturday. The Cougars, who fell 13-5 to No. 11 ranked Loyola Marymount earlier in the day, trailed the Panthers 2-1 early on, but scored 12 of the next 13 goals, with Taylor Whitney scoring a game-high five goals in the win.
Azusa Pacific (15-18, 1-4) had four players score multiple goals against Chapman, with Megan Minekime and Whitney each registering hat tricks in the victory, while Megan Myers found the back of the net twice in the loss to the Lions.
“We controlled the game, and our good defense transitioned into good offense. It was nice to have a good team effort and I thought we played well offensively and defensively. It was definitely a momentum changer for us,” said head coach Julie Snodgrass.
Seven different Cougars scored in the win, and five different players tallied goals during the team’s 9-0 run, which spanned over 10 minutes of action and ended with Alyssa Hess’s buzzer beating goal at the end of the first half.
After trailing 2-1 midway through the first quarter Minekime ignited the Cougar spree with her second goal of the match to knot the game at 2-2. Courtney Folsom gave Azusa Pacific its first lead of the match with 1:26 left in the first quarter before seven unanswered Cougar scores in the second frame put Azusa Pacific ahead 10-2 at the half.
Whitney scored three times in the second, while Angelina Castaneda, Folsom, Minekime, and Hess each tabbed goals in the quarter. Chapman (9-20) snuffed the Cougars’ scoring run to open the third, but Allison Gonzales quickly answered with her first goal of the game. Less than a minute later Whitney’s 6-on-5 score made it a 12-3 game before another Whitney score pushed the lead to 13-3.
Gonzales found the back of the net to end the frame, and in the final quarter Alynn Reade became the seventh Cougar goal scorer before Azusa Pacific sealed the 15-6 victory.
In the loss to Loyola Marymount (19-11, 5-1) Azusa Pacific limited the Lions to only one goal in the opening quarter. But LMU outscored the Cougars 4-1 in the second, and assumed a 12-2 edge midway through the fourth quarter of a 13-5 win.
Myers had a team-high two goals, while Folsom, Minekime, and Alex Paxton each scored in the loss. Sophomore keeper Katie Margot tallied eight saves.
The Cougars will close the regular season against San Diego State on Wednesday before competing in the inaugural Golden Coast Conference tournament from April 24-26.