WHITTIER, CA — The University of La Verne women's water polo team took the lead late in the first quarter and didn't look back, picking up a hard-earned 10-8 win over the Whittier College Poets Wednesday night.
With the win, the Leopards move into a tie with the Poets for third place in the SCIAC and avenge an early season loss to Whittier. The Leopards also surpass last season's conference win total and improve to 6-3 in SCIAC play and 8-11 overall.
Whittier drops to 10-7 overall and 6-3 in conference play.
The Leopards have won five straight SCIAC games and picked up wins in four of their last five outings.
Jassmine Kezman led the Leopards with four goals including one in the fourth quarter to extend the Leopards' lead to 9-6.
Victoria Mezack led the Leopards with three assists and added two steals.
The Leopards took advantage of their power play attempts, scoring on half of their opportunities.
The Poets were led by Sawyer Bellville's two goals and two steals.
How it Happened
The Leopards wasted no time getting on the board with Kezman scoring the opening goal just 47 seconds into the game.
Tied 3-3 late in the first quarter, Riedel helped put the Leopards back on top when she connected with Guarina Garcia to put La Verne up one. And with just 17 seconds left in the period, Guerrero capitalized off a power play attempt to cap off a five-goal quarter.
La Verne blanked the Poets in the second quarter to take a 6-3 lead into the half and held the poets off in the final 16 minutes.
Beyond the Box Score
Kezman leads the SCIAC with 69 goals and 78 points and Mezack leads the conference with 29 assists.
The Leopards have a tough challenge up ahead when they travel down the road to face the first place Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens this Saturday at 3 p.m.Watch Live Follow ULV Athletics on Twitter Like us on Facebook Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram