ORANGE, Calif — Jassmine Kezman and Jasmine Bustamante each scored three goals in the season opener and the University of La Verne women's water polo team rallied in the third quarter to get to within one of Chapman University.
But the Panthers extended their lead in the fourth quarter, beating the Leopards 13-10.
Kezman added her third goal of the night and Bustamante scored to put La Verne within one goal heading into the final eight minutes.
After the Panthers and Leopards traded goals to open the final period, Chapman's Audrey Hattori netted three goals in a row to seal the game.
Goalie Shelby Garcia grabbed nine saves in the match.
Next Game: The Leopards open up the 2018 Convergence Tournament on Friday with a 12:20 game against Fresno Pacific and a 4:20 game against McKendree.