CLAREMONT, Calif. — The University of La Verne women's water polo team is proving that it's a different team than in the past with every single game.
La Verne handily beat Redlands, 15-6, in the second game of the 2016 Claremont Convergence, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer, for its first win over the Bulldogs in at least 10 years and provided a tough test for No. 12 NCAA Division I UC San Diego in the first game of the day.
Garcia and Catie Tuning scored two goals apiece in the first quarter against Redlands to give La Verne a 4-1 lead and the Leopards never looked back. The closest the Redlands got was 7-4 in the closing minutes of the second quarter and the Leopards put the game away in the fourth as they shut out the Bulldogs, 4-0, in the final frame.
In the first game of the day, the Leopards were within range of the Tritons for most of the game but could not overcome a slow start as it lost, 15-10.
The Tritons beat the Leopards, 17-4, in the same tournament last year.
Rosero paced all players with four goals. Garcia and Candice Vorbeck had two each.
The Leopards got on the board first on a Vorbeck goal but was slow to adjust to the speed and strength of the Tritons as it fell behind, 4-1, in the first quarter. But La Verne was only outscored by a goal in each of the second and third quarters and matched UCSD goal-for-goal in the final frame.
The Tritons had the chance to run away in the second as it took a 5-1 lead but Garcia and Rosero scored consective goals to keep the Leopards within range.
The Leopards are back in action tomorrow Concordia (Calif.) and UC Santa Barbara at Axelrod Pool.