LA VERNE, Calif. — Rey Julian Castillo scored a hat-trick and added two assists, and the University of La Verne men's water polo team tied Iona College 7-7 with 6:50 left in the game.
But the Gaels went on a 3-0 run to take back the lead, beating the Leopards 10-9 Thursday afternoon.
Less than a minute later, Castillo scored his second goal of the game to even the game 7-7.
After the Gaels went on 3-0 run to retake the lead, the Leopards went on a late surge to give themselves a chance to tie. Tyler Bennett found the back of the net with 3:22 left to play. Then Castillo scored his third goal of the game with just over a minute and a half remaining.
The Leopards got the ball back with under a minute to play, but couldn't convert, dropping the non-conference game.
Ian Hernandez finished with 12 saves and a steal. Castillo had a big game defensively as well totaling 3 steals.
Season Impact: The Leopards move to 3-7 overall and the Gaels improve to 4-10.
Next Game: The Leopards next take part in the annual Troyer Tournament hosted by Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. La Verne opens up tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. against La Salle and play Navy at 2:15 p.m. On Saturday the Leopards play Fordham at 11:45 a.m. and finish the tournament vs Johns Hopkins at 6 p.m. For links to live video and live stats visit the Gary Troyer tournament homepage here.