Regals Rally Past a Pair of DI Schools
CLU concludes non-conference schedule
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The final tune up games before league action begins for the Cal Lutheran women’s water polo team were tough ones against a pair of Division I teams with the second going into overtime before the Regals completed a sweep of the day. In the early game the Regals defeated St. Francis 17-10 before piecing together a come-from-behind, 9-7, double overtime win over George Washington in the night cap.
CLU battled GWU from the beginning and never got rattled despite highs and lows in the pool. A very physical contest was a defensive battle that was the epitome of a total team effort by the Regals.
After the Colonials took an early 2-0 lead in the first 1:17 the Regals settled in. A number of possession changes at the Regals end of the pool took place in the next two minutes of action before CLU was able to capitalize. Shannon Streeter put up the first crooked number for the home squad on an assist from Kaylee Kastrup. At the 1:31 mark Kehau Ai knotted the teams with a man-up goal from eight meters out at the top of the key.
In the second stanza GWU netted a pair and CLU was scoreless, but it was the Cal Lutheran defense that stepped up and made a huge difference in the frame. When starting goalie, Kylee Tomasetti, was ejected, the Regals came together to guard the cage. Skylar Vasquez, one of five CLU players to have a hand up as George Washington attempted to score in the man-up opportunity, recorded one of her two field blocks in the game on the play, keeping the Colonials from adding to their lead.
Trailing 4-2 at the break, the teams exchanged goals in the third with Morgan McCardell finding the back of the net on an assist from Amanda Jones with 30 seconds to go in the period.
Everything went the Regals way in the fourth quarter. Jane Galluzzi won her second sprint of the game to set the stage. A steal set up McCardell for her second goal in as many shots in a one-on-one situation at the GWU end of the pool to pull CLU within one at 5-4. A minute and a half later Ai tied things up again with a lob shot to bring the teams even at 5-5.
The next three and a half minutes were scoreless until a skip shot by Erin Donoghue gave the Colonials another lead. A GWU ejection put CLU in an advantage, which they were able to capitalize on as McCardell lobbed the ball in for a hat-trick and another tie.
Cal Lutheran used a solid defensive possession to force GWU into a turnover, as the shot clock expired with four seconds remaining in regulation. A time out gave the Regals a chance to win it without extra water polo, but the final shot caught the cross bar, sending the teams into overtime.
The first OT started in favor of CLU as Ai won her second sprint of the day. Card scored twice in the three minute period with the second representing the ultimate winning goal as the Colonials were kept off the board.
In the second OT period Galluzzi added an insurance goal on a man-up situation to give CLU a 9-6 lead. With 43 seconds to play GWU added to their tally, but it was the Regals who wrapped up the win.
In front of the cage Tomasetti blocked 10 shots, adding a steal. Adrienne Ingalla led all players with six steals and Ai added three with a pair of field blocks to tie for the game-high with teammate Vasquez.
Offensively, McCardell led all players with three goals and both Ai and Card added two. Ai, Ingalla and Kastrup were responsible for the three assists in the game and Ai Card, Galluzzi and McCardell each drew a pair of ejections.
Game one of the day saw CLU take an early 5-3 lead and though the score was knotted a trio of times, the Regals controlled the pace throughout. Cal Lutheran used nine first half goals to take a two goal, 9-7, lead at the intermission en route to the 17-10 win.
After the break the Regals added to their tally and doubled the lead while allowing just one SFU goal, taking a 12-8 advantage going into the final eight minutes of play.
CLU tacked on four insurance goals in the final frame as all 17 active players saw time in the pool during the contest. Nine different Regals scored with Galluzzipacing the pack with five. Ingallaalso had a hat-trick while both Cardand Streeterscored a pair.
Card continued her tear as she drew a team-high three ejections and also handed out a trio of assists to share the lead team-lead with Ai. Galluzzi and McCardell drew a pair apiece.
Cal Lutheran (6-11) opens Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play on Wednesday, March 20 when they travel to Occidental to face the Tigers at 5:00 p.m.