LOS ANGELES, Calif.—No. 4-seeded California Baptist University faced a tough opposing team in the first round of the inaugural Golden Coast Conference Championships. The Lancers ended the game with an 11-7 loss to the University of the Pacific, who was seeded fifth.
CBU is now 20-11, while UOP advances to 13-16 on the season.
After beating Pacific in the regular season with a 10-9 win in golden-goal overtime, the Lancers knew this would be a tough game coming into the championships.
The two teams rallied back and forth for the first couple minutes of the quarter until UOP got on the board. After five ejections were called on the Lancers, Samantha Banks put the Lancers on the board for the first time with a solo shot to the back left corner of the cage with just over a minute left in the first quarter. The period ended with the Tigers ahead of CBU 4-1.
Banks started the second quarter off the same way she ended the first, with another goal to get the Lancers going. Laura Kocsis found an opportunity to score shortly after to bring the score to 5-3 with the Tigers in front. Banks completed the hat trick after a Tiger ejection, giving the Lancers momentum to come back before the half. With just two seconds left on the clock, Briana Tryon fired the ball past the Tiger goalie to tie the game 5-5 at halftime.
Hannah Evans grabbed her first goal of the game in the start of the second half, giving the Lancers their first lead of the game at 6-5. The Tigers countered with three goals in the second half of the third quarter, but Evans gave the Lancers their seventh goal with under a minute left in the quarter to only trail by one.
Pacific kept the pressure up in the fourth quarter, holding the Lancers scoreless and adding three goals to the board for to end the game at 11-7 in favor of the Tigers.
Banks ended the game three-for-three in attempts, while Evans went two-for-two. Lina Medeiros tallied eight saves in the goal, rounding her stats to 111 through 11.25 games.
The Lancers compete for fifth place against the Cougars of Azusa Pacific on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.