TEMPE, Ariz. --- It seemed as if California Baptist University was steamrolling its way through the ASU Invite, with a 3-0 record through their first three games, but two losses to ranked opponents put a damper on the otherwise successful weekend.
CBU began Saturday picking up an 8-4 win over La Verne, its second time beating the leopards this year. Laura Kocsis yet again led the way for the Lancers, picking up three goals. Tough defense and combined goalie play from Meghan Rowland and Leticia Perez held La Verne to their low goal total.
The win against La Verne brought the Lancers to an even 14-14, a .500 record for just the second time this season.
Next up CBU took on the No. 19 Hartwick Hawks. The Hawks entered play 19-7 and coming off of a 19-7 win over Pomona-Pitzer.
The game started off very close as the Lancers and Hawks battled to a one-goal game through the first 10 minutes. CBU’s offense went cold in the second half though, netting only one goal in the last two quarters.
Hartwick was able to put five balls in the back of the cage in that same span, leading the Hawks to a 13-6 win. Hannah Evans led the Lancers with two goals, her 48th and 49th of the season.
The third game of the day was another tough one for CBU as they fell 10-4 to the No. 18 Michigan Wolverines. The Lancers actually had the lead early in this game, but four straight goals from the Wolverines in the second and third quarters pushed them to a sizable lead CBU could not overcome.
Six different Wolverines scored, and they held the Lancers to just 2-10 on 6-on-5 opportunities to keep them off the scoreboard.
Evans, Kocsis and Molly Gritchen combined for the Lancers four goals, and Perez picked up 11 saves in the game. The two losses today drop CBU to 14-16 on the season with just five games left to play.
They play against Brown on Tuesday at noon at the Lancer Aquatics Center.