LA JOLLA, Calif. --- California Baptist University hung tough with the stiffest of competition to open the season Saturday, but eventually fell to No. 17 UC Davis and No. 1 USC at the Triton Invitational.
The Lancers dropped the opener 12-10 to UCD and then fell 19-5 to the five-time defending champion USC Trojans.
CBU got five goals from Matt Puig, but it wasn’t enough as the Lancers were unable to make up a one-goal deficit heading into the fourth quarter against the Aggies in the opener.
CBU scored with 1:43 left to play to make it 11-10, but couldn’t find the equalizer as UCD posted a final goal with 27 seconds left to seal the game.
The Lancers and Aggies were tied after the opening period, but UCD outscored CBU 3-1 in the second to take what would be a decisive two-goal lead.
In the late game the top-ranked Trojans used a 6-0 second quarter to build a commanding 12-3 lead and outlast CBU to the finish.
The Lancers posted three goals in the opening period, getting strikes from Cody Wetherbee, Carnohan and Jizmejian. The USC defense clamped down after that, however, allowing just two more CBU goals the rest of the way.
The Lancers open the season 0-2 and will be back in action at the Inland Empire Tournament at Redlands next weekend.