LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- For the first time since 2002 and just the second time in program history, California Baptist University women's water polo was shutout on Saturday.
The No. 18 Lancers traveled to the Burns Aquatic Center to take on No. 8 Loyola Marymount. The Lions proved to be too much for the young CBU squad to handle as they shutout the Lancers 11-0.
"LMU was a tough game," said Head Coach Jacob Medina. "We did a lot of good things and played a solid first half but just struggled to finish shots on the offensive end throughout the game."
Two freshmen and one sophomore, each with two goals, led Loyola Marymount to the double-digit victory. Freshman Claire Wright shutout the Lancers in her first ever start in the cage for the Lions.
This game was the first test of what is likely to be a challenging season for a CBU squad returning just one starter from last year's 24-11 team.
"We're going to throw this young group of women into this and just see what we can do," said Medina.
The shutout loss was not filled with all negatives as CBU was able to draw five exclusions and win two of the four sprints in the game.
"I couldn't say I'm happy with the result because we need to finish opportunities on the offensive end but I do think this is a great learning experience for our team and is going to prove beneficial in our progression as a team," said Medina.
With the loss CBU moves to 0-1 on the young season and 1-7 all-time against Loyola Marymount.
The Lancers competed in two exhibition games after the loss to Loyola Marymount. They went 1-1, defeating CSU San Bernardino 23-5 and losing 8-10 to Loyola Marymount.
They travel to UC Santa Barbara Jan. 25-26 to compete in the UCSB Women's Winter Invite. At the invite the Lancers are slated to face some tough competition in No. 1 Stanford, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 15 UCSB and Sonoma State.