Women's Water Polo Closes Out CBU In GCC Quarters

Women's Water Polo Closes Out CBU In GCC Quarters

Golden Coast Conference Championship Central

Los Angeles, Calif. - The Pacific women's water polo team outscored Cal Baptist 6-1 in the final 12 minutes for an 11-7 win in the Golden Coast Conference quarterfinals. Rebecca Wright scored three goals, while Taylor Adair, Malena Prlain and Gracie Smith each tallied twice.

Meghan Nee posted 10 saves in goal, including five in the final quarter as the Tigers advanced to the GCC semifinals against top-seeded San Diego State.

Pacific, the tournament's number five seed, improves to 13-16 overall while dropping Cal Baptist to 20-11 on they year and into the consolation bracket.

Wright opened the scoring with a 6-on-5 goal, and Prlain added another with the advantage for a 2-0 lead four minutes in. After Brydie Pye made it 3-0, Wright scored again with the 6-on-5 before CBU's Samantha Banks put the Lancers on the scoreboard with 1:23 to go in the quarter.

In the second period, Banks scored again to cut Pacific's lead to 4-2 before Wright's third 6-on-5 goal at the 7:00 mark. Laura Kocsis answered for Cal Baptisti, and Banks' third goal cut the Tigers lead to 5-4. With two seconds to go before the half, Brie Tryon knotted the match at 5-5 headed into the break.

Hannah Evans gave the Lancers their first lead with a power-play goal at the 6:26 mark of the third quarter.

But Smith answered with an even-strength goal and then put Pacific back on top, 7-6, with a goal at the 1:57 mark.

Megan Torre gave Pacific an 8-6 lead before Evans tallied another 6-on-5 goal for CBU.

But Pacific closed with a 3-0 fourth quarter, as Adair finished to restore the two-goal margin and added a 6-on-5 goal with 5:48 to go. After a defensive stop, Prlain capped the scoring at the 3:30 mark, and the Tigers ran out the clock to advance.

CBU's Lina Medeiros made eight saves in goal, while Banks finished with three goals.

Pacific will face the SDSU Aztecs at 2:30 on Friday at LMU's Burns Aquatics Center. San Diego State earned a bye to the semis as the regular season champion of the seven-team GCC. With a win over the Aztecs, Pacific would advance to the first-ever GCC championship game, Saturday at 2:30. A loss would send the Tigers to the third place game, Saturday at 1 p.m. In Friday's other semifinal, Santa Clara and host LMU -- both quarterfinal winners Thursday -- will square off at 1 p.m.