RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- Day one of the Collegiate Water Polo Association national invite began well for California Baptist University as they picked up a 7-5 win thanks to a huge game from their seniors.
"It was a game for the seniors," said head coach Rick Rowland. "They wanted it the most and it showed."
Defense was key for CBU, as they were able to hold Concordia scoreless in the second quarter and only gave up two goals in the second half.
"This group plays great defense," said Rowland. "They are all on the same page. They have really bought in to our press defense."
The game began rough for the Lancers as the Eagles took a 3-0 lead in the first six minutes. They were not quiet about it either.
Then the game began to get more physical as there were 15 total exclusions and penalties after the third goal.
The Lancers began to fight back after they ended the first quarter trailing 3-1. They took the lead at the half after outscoring the Eagles 3-0 in the second quarter.
Gleason had two goals in the third as the Lancers pulled ahead and never looked back on the way to their 16th win of the season.
"Gleason stepped it up today," said Rowland. "He had a great game, all the seniors did."
This is the first time that CBU has defeated Concordia in their last meeting of the season since an overtime win in 2008. They finish 2-0 against the Eagles this year.
"It is definitely nice to finish off beating Concordia again," said Rowland.
The Lancers have one more game this season, against Fresno Pacific tomorrow at 11 a.m. There will be a short ceremony celebrating the team's six senior prior to the start of the game.
With a win, the Lancers can finish the season 17-12.
"There is nothing better than getting a win in the last game of the season," said Rowland. "It helps you walk away feeling good."