LA VERNE, Calif. — The University of La Verne women's water polo team opened the 2018 Convergence Tournament with a pair of games Friday afternoon.
Fresno Pacific 14, La Verne 7
Mena and Bustamante each scored goals in the opening period to keep the Leopards within one goal of the Sunbirds after the first eight minutes.
Fresno Pacific went on a run in the second quarter, outscoring the Leopards 5-1 in the period to take an 8-3 lead at the break.
Ujifusa finished with a game-high three assists. Bustamante and Mena each added a pair of steals. Shelby Garcia recorded nine saves.
McKendree 13, La Verne 9
Bustamante stayed hot in game two leading the Leopards with four goals and Mena finished with another hat-trick as the Leopards battled the Bearcats in their afternoon game.
With La Verne trailing by two midway through the third quarter, Mena and Bustamante nailed back-to-back goals to even the game at seven all. But just as the Leopards seemed to get momentum on their side, the Bearcats responded with a 5-1 run to pull away from La Verne for good.
Jordan Ehara finished with five saves.
The Bearcats were led by Emily Westlove's eight goals.
Next Up: The Leopards conclude the Convergence tournament with a 10:20 a.m match against Villanova, followed by a 2:20 game against Sonoma State.