Back To Back GCC Champions, Tigers Advance To NCAA's

Back To Back GCC Champions, Tigers Advance To NCAA's

LOS ANGELES, Calif. The No. 7 women's water polo team clinched their second GCC Championship Sunday afternoon, defeating conference foe LMU by a final score of 10-6.

With their win the Orange and Black advance to 18-7 for the season, going a perfect 8-0 in the month of April. UOP now awaits a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

LMU finishes the year with an 18-15 record. 

Pacific stayed steady throughout, scoring three goals against the Lions in the first period and three in the fourth to maintain their lead and pull away for the victory.

The Tigers found themselves trailing to start the match as LMU scored the first goal of the day at the 7:18 mark. It didn't take long for Pacific to respond, however, as Viktoria Tamas scored at the 6:22 mark and Mariana followed with a goal on the next possession to have the Orange and Black take back the lead, 2-1.

Karolina Hlavata would end the period with a goal off an assist by Duarte to put the Tigers in front, 3-1. 

In the second, Kyra Christmas and Rachel Krieger scored off two powerplays to add to Pacific's goal total. LMU would score a goal of their own in the period but the Orange and Black would hold on to a three point advantage heading into the break. 

Pacific endured a physical first half, drawing four of LMU's eight total exclusions for the match and converting two of them into powerplay goals. 

In the fourth period, Rachel Krieger came up clutch scoring two back-to-back goals at the 6:18 and 5:13 mark to help maintain a four-point Tiger lead. Krieger tallied a game-high three goals in the match. 

Duarte added one insurance goal with four minutes left in the period giving Pacific it's largest lead of the day, 10-5.

Pacific shot 3-4 in the period and limited LMU to just one shot on goal in the period. Alexis Hollinrake recorded a save in the fourth and finished the day with a season-high 12 saves in the cage.