Leopards Take Part In CLU Spring Classic
The University of La Verne women's water polo team headed up to
Thousand Oaks last weekend to participate in the 2009 Cal Lutheran
University Spring Classic, where they would drop four games to
Fresno Pacific, Villanova, Santa Cruz, and Chapman University.
The Leopards started the tournament with an early game against Fresno Pacific, and the Sunbirds would get out to an early 5-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Leopards would cut the lead to three at the half, and while Diane Aquayo would score two goals, and Liz Roberts, Tiffany Martin, Catherine Tehuitzil, and Ashley Forsberg would tally 6 goals collectively, it wasn't enough, as Fresno Pacific would take the game in a 11-6 final. La Verne would get out to another slow start against Villanova, but would cut the deficit to 4 by the half. Roberts would add 2 goals, and Tehuitzil would add another, but Villanova would walk away with a 9-3 win.
A pair of impressive freshman would come out firing Sunday morning as they took on UC Satna Cruz, totaling their highest point total of the tournament. Aquayo found the back of the net 4 times, while Roberts would add 3 more goals in a losing effort, as a 17-7 final would go to the Banana Slugs. Roberts and Aquayo would score La Verne's only goals against its final opponent, Chapman University. But it wouldn't be enough, as Chapman would win 11-2 to end the weekend for the Leopards.
Aquayo and Roberts finished the tournament with 7 goals, and Tehuitzil was the third leading scorer for La Verne with 2.
The Leopards will take on the Thunder from Wheaton College tomorrow at the La Verne Aquatics Center. The match will begin at 4:00pm.