By Kay Hurd
La Verne Athletics Communications
La Verne, Calif. — Rey Julian Castillo notched four goals but it wasn't enough for the University of La Verne men's water polo team in a 10-7 loss to NCAA Division I Fordham on Thursday afternoon at Las Flores Park.
Castillo struck first with a bullet from the top, then Hopley with a bullet from the set position. Bennett would connect on his first goal of the game to close the gap at 8-7, but the Rams rallied and closed out the game, 10-7.
Both teams got off to a slow start, with the Leopards overshooting the cage six times in the opening frame. The Rams struck twice early, but neither team could muster a rally or a rhythm.
Castillo scored on back-to-back possessions to put the Leopards on the board, 4-2, but R.J. Simmons answered the call twice to keep the Leopards at bay. Rex Sample would add one more after Guillermo Ocasio drew a penalty shot, to close the half 5-3.
The Leopards are back in action on Friday and Saturday at the annual Gary Troyer Tournament, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer.
Fordham 10, La Verne 7
Oct. 6, 2016 • La Verne, Calif.
FU 2 – 3 – 3 – 2 = 10
LV 0 – 3 – 1 – 3 = 7
FU – Jake Miller-Tolt 4, Simmons 3, Joseph Agabs, Grant Keesling, Ian Watson
LV – Castillo 4, Hopley, Bennett, Sample