TEMPE, Ariz. --- After a tough weekend at the last Lancer Invite, California Baptist University rebounded by picking up two big wins in day one of the ASU Invitational.
CBU faced a familiar foe in game two, taking on Pomona-Pitzer for the second time in a three-week span. The last time the Lancers met the Sagehens, they suffered a bitter 8-9 loss.
“We were looking forward to our evening game against Pomona-Pitzer after losing to them at their place a couple weeks ago,” Head Coach Jacob Medina said. “I know the team wanted the rematch, and after a slow first quarter we were able to pull ahead and get the win.”
The Lancers defeated Pomona-Pitzer by a score of 13-10. Leticia Perez picked up the win in the game; she started and played the entire game in goal for both games today.
“Hannah Evans continues to step up and get better with each game. She is continually creating opportunities in front of the goal for our team,” said Medina.
CBU improved in its 6-on-5 conversion rate in the game against the Sagehens, scoring four times in seven chances.
The earlier game, against Colorado State, was a nailbiter as the lead changed, or the game was tied, seven different times.
After an early scare where they fell behind 4-1 in the first half, the Lancers were able to right the ship and come all the way back for a 10-7 win. They took the lead 8-7 with 6:32 left in the game and never looked back.
“Getting the win over Colorado State was very satisfying as we have struggled with them in past years,” said Medina. “It was great for the women to get a good win over a quality team. It was also nice to see us stick with our game plan even after going down by two goals twice in the game.”
Nearly all of Colorado State’s offense was generated by one player, Ariel Arcidicono had five of their seven goals, a factor that contributed to CBU’s ability to shut them down late.
The Lancers got goals from five different players, including four from team-leader Laura Kocsis. She is looking to start a new streak, after having a 20-game scoring streak snapped last weekend. Kocsis leads the team with 68 goals this year.
CBU is slated for its second three-game day of the year tomorrow as they take on La Verne, No. 19 Hartwick and No. 18 Michigan. They look to improve upon their 13-14 record.