RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- Third quarters have become the Achilles heel for No. 18 California Baptist University, but despite losing a three-goal lead to start the second half, the Lancers held on for a 9-7 victory over the visiting Redlands Bulldogs, Saturday afternoon. To open the day, CBU lost to No. 13 Concordia 11-8.
With a 5-2 lead over Redlands to start the third quarter, the Lancers gave up the lead and allowed four straight Redlands goals before Cody Wetherbee stopped the bleeding with a 6-on-5 goal, also drawing the ejection, at the 1:30 mark to tie the game at 6-6.
"We played pretty poor third quarters today," Head Coach Rick Rowland said. "We let Concordia get away from us in the third quarter and we let Redlands catch up to us in the third quarter. I told the guys we have to be better at finishing games."
The Lancers retook the lead with a goal from Evan Vardayou at 6:44 but the Bulldogs countered with their own score with 5:31 remaining. With a 6-on-5 advantage for CBU following a missed penalty shot by Redlands, Trevor Rowland scored the game-winning goal with 3:59 remaining. David Rodriguez added an insurance goal with 21 seconds to pull CBU away for good.
"We did what we had to do," Rowland said. "The second game is what we call an ugly win but we got it. An ugly win is better than no win."
CBU shot out to a three-goal advantage starting with back-to-back goals from Peter Hines 20 seconds and then two minutes in. Scott Butler also found the back of the net at 3:07.
At 4:06 remaining in the second quarter, Brent Troutman scored on a 6-on-5 break. Wetherbee followed up with a goal for the 5-2 lead at halftime.
Despite CBU's third quarter woes, the Lancers' defense did keep the Bulldogs to just two of 11 successful 6-on-5 opportunities. CBU scored on four of their eight advantages.
Much of the Lancers' strong defense can be attributed to goalkeeper Austen Ramer's command of the defense. With several key saves, Ramer posted back-to-back 11 saves games Saturday.
"Austen Ramer had a very good game against Redlands," Rowland said. "I think he really carried us."
Other statistical highlights included Hines' four drawn ejections and four won sprints by Troutman.
To open the day, a scoreless third quarter by No. 18 California Baptist University led to an insurmountable deficit, as the Lancers dropped an 11-8 matchup with No. 13 Concordia.
CUI struck first with a goal at the 6:37 mark but less than two minutes late, Wetherbee tied the game up with his goal at 4:46. CBU continued to trade goals with the Eagles leading to a 3-3 tie at the end of the first quarter. Scott Gleason, the only repeat Lancer scorer of the game, and Chris Toy also found the back of the net in the first eight minutes.
Hines gave the Lancers their first and only lead with his 6-on-5 goal at 6:45 in the second quarter but CUI answered with two goals for the 5-4 advantage at halftime.
"We got into a little physical game this morning against Concordia, which I think got the best of us," Rowland said. "Our guys got a little emotionally charged."
Advantage opportunities gave neither team much of an upper hand, as CBU scored on three of seven 6-on-5 chances with CUI scoring on three of four.
Four unanswered goals in the third quarter led to the Lancers' five-goal deficit heading into the fourth quarter with the score at 9-4.
CBU came within three goals three times, the first occurring after two goals within 33 seconds from Troutman and Gleason to start the fourth quarter. Vardayou scored at 3:20 but CUI soon countered for their final goal. Matt Puig ended the game with a goal at 1:29.
"The good news is we get to play Concordia again," Rowland said.
The Lancers will face CUI again, when CBU hosts the CWPA National Invite in two weeks.
Now at 21-8, CBU visits Vanguard on Friday for the final game of the regular-season and the third meet up between the Lancers and Lions this year. Sprint-off is set for 7:30 in Costa Mesa.