CLAREMONT, Calif. — Jason Russum, Joshua Vega, and Rex Sample each scored two goals but the University of La Verne men's water polo team fell on the road to the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags 18-8 Wednesday night.
Season Impact: The Leopards drop to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in conference play. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps improves to 6-7 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
The Leopards took an early 2-0 leads off back-to-back goals by Vega and Mike Meza. The Stags came back to tie the game 2-2, but Tyler Bennett regained the lead for La Verne when he grabbed a pass from Russum to put the Leopards up 3-2.
But that would be the last time the Leopards would be on top as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps closed out the first quarter on a 2-0 run.
Vega found the back of the goal in the second quarter, but the Leopards were outscored 4-1 in the period to go into the half down 8-4.
Sample and Russum both scored twice in the second half.
Castillo led the Leopards with three steals. Ian Hernandez finished with five saves.
Zach Rossman led the Stags with four saves.
Next Game: The Leopards have a chance to respond tomorrow morning when they host Iona at Las Flores Park at 11 a.m.