Both players had two goals on the day, but it was a freshman, Hannah Evans, who made the most noise in the pool on Saturday.
Evans proved that she was a premier two-meter player by putting up 10 goals on the day, moving her to 75 on the season. Her and Laura Kocsis become the first set of teammates to each score 70 goals in the same season since 2011 when Petra Kovacs and Christina Webb did it.
Kocsis added two goals today to finish the year with 79.
“The second half of the season, especially the past few weeks, Hannah (Evans) has been playing amazing,” said Head Coach Jacob Medina. “The amount of energy that she is able to go out with every game is just amazing.”
Kocsis and Evans led the Lancers to a 18-17 year, winning 17 of their final 25 games after starting 1-9.
The two wins today were an important accomplishment to help define what has been a trying season.
In the first game, CBU quickly jumped ahead on a goal by Courtney Menard in the first minute of play, then just a few minutes later Molly Gritchen followed up with a goal of her own to put the Lancers on top by two.
They had the game in check through the first half, leading the Sunbirds 4-2, behind three blocks from Meghan Rowland.
The second half was a little bit tighter, as Dani Mortimer and the Sunbirds matched every Lancer goal in quarters three and four.
CBU ended up on top, wrapping up the 7-5 win behind Gritchen’s two goals, and seven second half saves from Lina Medeiros.
Game two was where the Lancers rallied to put their stamp on this season. They came out on fire, beating up the APU Cougars, winning 17-6.
“It is nice to see us just executing and playing games,” Medina said. “We closed out well, we wanted to finish the season and finish well.”
The final game truly represented what the season was all about for the Lancers, getting everyone involved, and producing as a team. While Evans and Kocsis have definitely stood out, it took production from each player on the roster to battle through CBU’s final season of transition into the NCAA.
This includes all three of the goalies on the Lancers’ roster. Rowland, Medeiros and Leticia Perez each logged some playing time in the game against Azusa Pacific.
Perez allowed just four goals in the first two quarters, when CBU scored nine. Rowland allowed one goal in the third, and Medeiros picked up two saves in the fourth quarter.
Latschaw and Tran will say goodbye and go on to graduate school, but the other nine women will return next season for the Lancers’ first year as a full member in the NCAA.
“We are going to have an impressive team,” said Medina. “It is exciting looking to the future … We are going to have a nice balance to our team, and we will have a lot of depth.”
CBU now has a nice eight-month break, until games resume next January. Things are looking up as CBU welcomes back four talented redshirt players and a good group of new players.