Water polo enjoys very successful LMU Invitational

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The CSUN women’s water polo team won all four matches over the weekend in the Loyola Marymount University Invitational. With their weekend domination, the Matadors improved their record to 14-11.

In the first match on Friday, CSUN defeated UC Santa Cruz 15-2, led by Chari Christopher and Michelle Keeley’s four goals each. The second match Friday was much the same for CSUN as the team faced Redlands.

It wasn’t much of a match though, as CSUN jumped on top early to lead 4-1 after one period, en route to a 17-5 blowout. Christopher and Genaye Mowrer each had three goals for the Matadors.

On Saturday, the competition got a little more difficult, but Christopher was more than ready for both opponents once again. In the first match, CSUN, ranked 17th in the country, matched up with 20th ranked UC San Diego.

CSUN started off strong once again, jumping on top 4-2 after one and never looking back, winning the day’s first match 10-5. Christopher and Allison Brookes scored three goals apiece for the Matadors.

In the final game of the weekend, CSUN faced another ranked opponent; 20th ranked Cal Baptist. The Matadors jumped on top again, leading 2-1 after two periods, and holding on for a 5-2 win.

It was Christopher again scoring three goals, while Lynzy Klein scored the other two. For the tournament, Christopher scored 13 goals, and now has a team-leading 53 goals on the season.

Brookes and Keeley each had seven goals for the tournament, while Klein scored four and Mowrer scored three. Brookes is second on the team with 32 goals, and Klein is now third on the team with 22.

After playing in the Loyola Marymount tournament, but not actually playing the Lions, the Matadors will head back there again Wednesday, this time to face them.

After Loyola, CSUN will travel to play Long Beach over the weekend. The Matadors will next be home April 23 to face Arizona State in their regular season finale.