FRESNO, Calif. --- Though both resulted with checks in the win column, No. 19 California Baptist could not have played games any more different than each other in Friday's two matches of the National Invite.
Overpowering Vanguard 22-4 in the earlier game, CBU pulled out a nail biter against Fresno Pacific, beating the host Sunbirds 13-9.
Earlier in the day, FPU beat Azusa Pacific in a come-from-behind double overtime victory and were riding a wave of momentum in front of a energetic Sunbird crowd heading into the matchup with CBU.
After FPU scored to pull within one at 10-9 early in the fourth quarter, the Lancers outscored FPU 3-0 over the final four minutes and seven seconds to secure their twenty-second win of 2012.
CBU held the lead throughout, leading off with a goal from Petra Kovacs, her first of three, 55 seconds into the game. Mallory Montano followed up shortly after and the Lancers held FPU scoreless until 4:18 in the first quarter remained.
Molly Gritchen two in the first, including a 6-on-5 opportunity with 17 seconds left to pull CBU ahead 4-2.
With a 6-4 lead starting the third quarter, CBU and FPU traded 6-on-5 goals within the first minute, including Gritchen's at 7:00. Goals from Kovacs and Doris Tran pushed CBU to 9-6, but the Sunbirds rallied two straight goals to reduce their deficit to just one and make for an exciting, albeit intense, fourth quarter.
Up 11-10 with 4:07 left, Tania Acavedo nailed a shot pass the goalie off an assist from Kovacs that ended FPU's hopes of another comeback win.
Laura Kocsis and Kovacs' goals in the final minute sealed the win and final score of 13-9.
Throughout the day, CBU came up with big defensive plays, including holding off FPU with a 6-on-4 advantage after a pair of exclusions were handed out.
Freshman goalkeeperLeticia Perez stepped into the cage after halftime and tallied four saves.
CBU proved too powerful for Vanguard as thirteen different Lancers scored, led by Latschaw, who scored four, and hat-tricks from Gritchen and Kocsis.
Gretchen tallied the first goal just thirty seconds into the match and CBU jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Lions were able to shoot one through the cage. Montano,, Acavedo (2) and Nicole Berry scored four goals in a span of 2:15 and Kocsis and Briana Tryon finished out the quarter with consecutive goals for the 7-1 Lancer lead at the end of the first quarter.
Though it was not a necessity for success, CBU scored on just two of seven 6-on-5 opportunities, including one by Latschaw, her first of the four, to start the second quarter. Tran, Raine Paul, Alyssa Birch and Young also scored before the end of the first half, with CBU leading 15-3.
Nearly perfect defensively, CBU suffered only one exclusion call through the entire 32 minutes andPerez tallied nine saves.
CBU held Vanguard scoreless in the third quarter, using one from Latschaw, two from Gritchen and a first from Petra Kovacs.
Paul, Latschaw and Kocsis scored again in the fourth to cap the 22-4 win.
Heading into the last day of the season, CBU (22-11) face Azusa Pacific at 9 a.m. and Concordia at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.