RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- California Baptist University finished it's season in the win column on Saturday, defeating Fresno Pacific 13-7.
"We are very happy," said head coach Rick Rowland. "It is always fun to finish with a win."
The day began with a ceremony celebrating the Lancers five graduating seniors. Rowland introduced Chris Vanjoff, Scott Butler, Kellan Falconieri, Scott Gleason and Austen Ramer as they ran through a tunnel of teammates to their awaiting family.
Then the action began and the Lancers took a quick and commanding 4-0 lead in the first quarter following two goals from Matt Puig, one from Gleason and one from Vanjoff.
"Vanjoff had a pretty stellar day," said Rowland. "Even when he wasn't scoring, he had a lot to do with the goals that were scored."
Gleason put away two more big scores in the second quarter and Puig added one more to put the Lancers up 7-2 at halftime.
"Gleason had a huge day and Ramer had another great day, just like he always does," Rowland said.
The Sunbirds began a mild comeback attempt in the third quarter, outscoring the Lancers 3-1, putting themselves only three goals behind heading into the fourth.
Five goals from five different Lancers sealed the deal in the final quarter as the CBU ran away with the game for their 17th win of the season.
The final goal of the game for CBU was scored by Gleason and assisted by Ramer.
"Ramer had a great assist at the end," said Rowland. "It was special; senior to senior."
CBU finishes the season with a 17-12 record, they went 3-0 against the Sunbirds this season, and are 12-0 against them since this group of seniors first came to CBU. The Lancers also had two victories against opponents ranked in the top-20.
"This was definitely the toughest schedule we have ever faced," said Rowland. "We finished with a pretty solid record. This team was probably the strongest defense I have ever coached."
After the win, the team pulled a fully-clothed Rowland and assistant coach Jon Miller in the pool to celebrate the season with them.
"It was a roller-coaster type of season," Rowland said. "But in the end, everyone left the pool with a smile on their face."