LA VERNE, Calif. — Joshua Vega and Rex Sample each finished with a hat-trick, but the University of La Verne men's water polo team couldn't overcome a first quarter deficit, falling to the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen 13-9 Wednesday afternoon.
Sabers led La Verne with four steals.
Brian Wilder finished with five saves and a steal.
Cal Lutheran was led by Chris Garhouse's five goals.
The Kingsmen took an early 6-3 lead after the first quarter of play and took a 9-4 lead into halftime.
The Leopards responded with four goals in the third quarter but couldn't close the deficit.
Season Impact: The Leopards drop to 5-14 overall and 2-8 in the SCIAC. Cal Lutheran improves to 11-11 overall and 5-5 in the conference.
Next Game: The Leopards travel to Whittier on Saturday to play the Poets at 11 a.m.