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Defensive Domination
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Release: 02/16/2013
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- Dominant defense was the story of the day at the Lancer Aquatics Center. California Baptist University went 1-1 on day two of the Lancer Invite, putting them at 2-2 in the tournament and 2-9 overall.

In a 22-3 loss to No. 2 USC, CBU's offense was muffled by a tight press defense brought on by the Trojans. USC made it difficult for the Lancers to even get shots off, let alone score goals.

"USC is USC. I don't know if we have ever faced a defense that was that stifling," said Head Coach Jacob Medina. "They did a good job of pressing us and taking away kind of everything. They are one of the top teams in the country, and their defense is really why."

CBU did manage to sneak three goals past the tough Trojan defense and goalkeeper Flora Bolonyai. They got two goals from Laura Kocsis and one goal from Samantha Banks.

USC was led by Monica Vavic's four goals, and three others had three a piece.

The Lancers were able to keep the exclusion numbers down against the Trojans, only committing six, a major improvement after committing 15 exclusions in the first game yesterday.

USC went 4-6 on the 6-on-5 and CBU was 0-3.

In game two, the focus shifted to the Lancers stifling defense. For the second straight day the Lancers were able to hold an opponent scoreless in 6-on-5 opportunities. CSU San Bernardino was 0-6 while the Lancers were shorthanded.

CBU used this to its advantage as it beat CSUSB 16-5 in game two.

"We came out with a little more tenacity, a little more fire," Medina said. "My encouragement to them in this game was to go out there and really exert our will on the team. We hadn't done that yet this year, really take it to someone."

In this game, CBU definitely exerted its will, while scoring five more goals than in its previous highest scoring game.

The goal output was again led by Kocsis, who had a career-high six goals. Kim Latschaw added five goals of her own, continuing a dominant year from two-meters.

Meghan Rowland and Leticia Perez shared time in the cage for CBU, combining for eight saves.

"Kim (Latschaw) is feisty, she gets in there and gets after it," said Medina. "It's her final year, and she wants to go out playing well. She wants to take a little bit of that senior leadership, it's good to see."

The Lancers also got goals from Banks, Morgan Barrows and Sydney Iturraran and they were 1-1 on their 6-on-5 chances. CSUSB was led by two goals from Misty Vu.

"Anytime we can get a win like this and keep moving in the positive direction, it is good," said Medina.

CBU was 2-2 in the tournament, the second of four that it will host this year. USC won the tournament with a 4-0 mark, while Concordia and Long Beach State each finished 3-1.

The Lancers have two weeks off until they head to Cal Lutheran for the Posada Royale tournament on March 1-2.

They will square off against La Verne, Whittier, Fresno Pacific, Villanova and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps as they continue to scrape their way back to a winning record.

"Our big focus for the next week is to work on fundamentals," Medina said. "We need to work on pressing, leaning and really just shooting the ball more."

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