LOS ANGELES, Calif.--- California Baptist University got perhaps the toughest test it will face all year in its first action of the season when it faced No. 11 San Jose State and No. 3 UCLA at the UCLA Invite Saturday.
“For the first weekend against the competition we played, I thought we played well,” said first-year head coach Jonathan Miller. “We had a lot of opportunities, we just couldn’t complete them. Still, we did a nice job against some tough competition.”
The Lancers fell to San Jose State, 10-2, in its first game of the year and picked up some steam in a 15-4 loss to UCLA.
Christina Young started the season off strong for CBU and scored less than a minute after the Spartans opened the scoring in the first quarter. The Lancers continued to click early on and a six-on-five goal from Laura Kocsis tied the game at 2 in the first quarter.
San Jose State turned things up on offense and defense from there and took a 4-2 lead at the end of the first. Sophomore Meghan Rowland had five saves in the cage in her first game of the season for CBU, while Morgan Barrows had three steals in the field.
In the late game against the Bruins, the Lancers opened the scoring with another six-on-five goal from Kocsis midway through the first quarter, but wouldn’t score again until the second half.
“I thought we did a good job of matching them early,” Miller said.
Briana Tryon found the back of the net late in the third quarter during another six-on-five opportunity.
Young and Barrows both saw opportunities to score in the fourth and closed out the game with goals.
CBU’s defense stepped up in the fourth and held the Bruins to only two scoring drives, while Leticia Perez had seven saves throughout the game.
The young Lancers look to recover at the UC Santa Barbara Invite Jan. 24-25.