Women's Water Polo Falls At No. 11 LMU

Taylor Adair - Photo by Mari Jo Prlain
Taylor Adair - Photo by Mari Jo Prlain

Los Angeles, Calif. - Taylor Adair scored a hat trick, but a three-goal third quarter by No. 11 Loyola Marymount sunk the Pacific women's water polo team, 10-7, in a Gold Coast Conference matchup Friday.

Rebecca Wright, Gracie Smith, Brydie Pye and Noelle Mann also scored for the Tigers.

Pacific jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Pye's goal 50 seconds into the game, but the Lions answered at the 4:42 mark with a goal from Mackenzie Beck.

Both offense got going in the second, with each team tallying four times. Alexandra Honny gave the Lions a 2-1 lead, before Adair tied it up on the Tigers ensuing possession. Honny tallied on a five-meter penalty but Wright answered to knot things at 3-3.

Mann's finish gave Pacific the 4-3 lead, but Bridgett Alvarez drew the Lions level with 1:51 to go in the half. After a goal with the advantage from Adair, Erin Byrne evened the match at 5-5 at halftime.

Smith posted a goal to open the third quarter as Pacific led 6-5, but Kingsley Hill things up at the 2:49 mark, and Danielle Johnson gave LMU the lead for good at the 1:53 mark. With a 6-on-5, the Lions' Kassandra Smith provided a two-goal cushion.

In the fourth, Adair third goal brought Pacific within one at 8-7, but the Lions scored on the 6-on-5 courtesy Laura Lopez, and a Ivana Castro goal with 2:54 to play provided LMU with an insurance marker.

LMU's Claire Wright made 11 saves in goal, while Meghan Nee stopped 10 Lions shots.

Pacific falls to 11-12 overall and 1-1 in GCC play, while LMU improves to 16-9 on the year and 3-0 in GCC action.

The Tigers face Cal Baptist on Saturday at 2 p.m.