Regals Conclude Posada Royale
CLU splits on final day
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Cal Lutheran women’s water polo team rounded out the 2013 Posada Royale Tournament with a split. In the first game of the day CLU fell to a physical Division I CSU East Bay, 16-5, before bouncing back with a 9-7 victory over Whittier to close out the 6th Annual event.
On a weekend that Cal Lutheran was one of two teams to play six games, along with SCIAC foe La Verne, the Regals walk away with three victories including a win over Division I Villanova.
“The challenge for us was staying focused throughout, and being able to work on schemes and concepts,” head coach Craig Rond shared after the final game.
In the first game of the day against CSUEB the tone was set early with Sara Hudyn scoring the first goal of the game for the Pioneers on a 5-meter shot less than a minute into the game.
Morgan McCardell got the Regals on the board and evened the score at 1-1 at the 4:51 mark in the first frame. It was all East Bay, though, as they scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-1 advantage and force a CLU timeout.
After the quick break Kaylee Kastrup found the back of the net to pull the Regals within three at 5-2. The Pioneers would tack on one more from Julia Charlesworth with 11 seconds to play in the opening period to take a 6-2 lead.
Despite being unable to score in the next eight minutes, CLU saw its defense step up following a lackluster start. Cal Lutheran goalie Kylee Tomasetti came up with one of her three saves and Skylar Vasquez recorded a field block on the ensuing possession.
When Claire Pierce scored the first of two man-up goals for CSUEB in the second she netted the ultimate winning goal before adding a lob shot to record back-to-back goals for the Pioneers.
Taking over in front of the cage in the second half Gina Merry turned away six shots over the next 16 minutes of action.
In each of the final two quarters, CLU scored twice with McCardell converting a 5-meter shot and Vasquez adding a goal in the third. The fourth saw Kastrup find the back of the net a second time and Julia Samarin scored from the center both with under three minutes to play.
McCardell shared the game-high with Kastrup as each scored two times. McCardell led the team with two steals and three drawn ejections, chipping in with an assist as well. Shannon Streeter drew two ejections, Adrienne Ingalla has a filed block a steal and a drawn ejection against the Pioneers.
Game two saw a SCIAC meeting between Whittier and Cal Lutheran. The teams were as evenly matched as could be, exchanging one, two and three goals in the first, second and third quarters, respectively. It was the home squad, jumping on the back of Jane Galluzzi who dug deeper, outscoring the Poets 3-1 in the final period to seal the 9-7 victory.
In the final frame of the weekend Galluzzi netted a hat-trick. Whittier found the back of the cage first to break the 6-6 tie with 6:32 to play in regulation. Galluzzi went on to score the final three of the contest with goals at 6:12 and on back-to-back possessions at 1:32 to win it and 1:08 to add insurance.
It was a defensive battle in the pool from the start until Kehau Ai scored the first goal of the game at 3:08 in the opening quarter on a rebound from her own shot. Whittier equalized the score with 53 ticks to go and a field block by Kastrup as the Poets took a shot as time expired in the period denied WC from adding to their tally.
The second saw Kastrup produce at the offensive end of the pool with a pair of goals, one coming in the final second of the shot clock from eight meters out. Again with just 11 seconds to play, WC would convert a shot to knot the teams at 3-3 going into the intermission.
After the break CLU scored three unanswered goals with Ingalla adding a pair that sandwiched one from Amanda Jones. Whittier, however, returned the favor in the final 2:14 of the quarter. The fifth goal was against a CLU team that was man down before the final one came with two seconds remaining.
CLU controlled the momentum in the final stanza and Tomasetti stepped up huge with three of her 11 saves in the final eight minutes of play. The senior goalie also recorded six steals in the contest to lead the Regals.
Galluzzi led all players with three goals, while both Ingalla and Kastrup added a pair. Ai handed out two assists and Galluzzi, Kastrup and Samarin each drew two ejections in the game. Additionally, Galluzzi came away with a trio of steals with Ai, Kastrup and McCardell each grabbing two. Kastrup also recorded a field block.
Cal Lutheran (3-8) is back in action next weekend when the Regals travel to the Claremont Convergence Tournament where they will face a pair of Division I teams with Indiana at 11:20 a.m. and UC San Diego at 4:40 p.m. in the Axelrood Pool at the campus of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.