The men’s water polo team lost to the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags 15-6 Saturday morning at the La Verne Aquatics Center at Las Flores Park. But La Verne fans cheered as the Leopards went on to beat Mt. San Antonio College, 17- 13, later that day.
This doubleheader was followed by a 10-8 loss to Chapman on Wednesday.
This leaves the Leopards with a 2-20 record overall and 0-4 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“The guys, they’re talented,” head coach Alex La said. “They’re just not a confident group right now.”
The Leopards won every sprint in both Saturday games, but they just could not hang on to the ball against CMS.
The Stags were up 5-1 in the first quarter with freshman driver Troy Williams making the only Leopard goal.
The Stags continued to lead 8-2 in the second quarter with Bryan Jimenez making the only Leopard goal in the second quarter.
Jimenez also made the only goal by Leopards in the third quarter as well.
The Leopards would score a consistent one goal per quarter until the fourth quarter where they scored three goals but that would not be enough with CMS scoring six in the second half of the game.
Senior goalkeeper Brendon Jones made four saves in the first half of the CMS game and sophomore goalkeeper Danny Newell made eight saves in the second half.
CMS is now 3-0 in SCIAC and 7-13 overall.
“There was some success at the end of the game,” La said. “Hopefully we can build off of that.”
This proved true, as La Verne and Mt. SAC were tied 6-6 by the end of the first half.
The Leopards would score a goal then Mt. SAC would score making the game go from tied to untied and tied again.
This went on until the third quarter when the Leopards were up by one making the game 10-9 with senior Arturo Villalpando scoring the 10th goal.
After that, the Leopards managed to stay ahead first by one point then by four.
“We all pulled together, better team work in the second game that helped us to win,” freshman driver Jordan Ashley said.
Ashley led the Leopards with four goals in the Mt. SAC game.
The Leopards continued to score against Mt. SAC with a total of seven goals in just the fourth quarter alone.
Newell made five saves in the Mt. SAC game.
“I think we did well,” freshman utility Aaron Avalos said. “I think we have improved. We still need to work on things like defensive stop.”
The Leopards would suffer another loss Wednesday against the Chapman Panthers, 10-8.
The Leopards had the lead for moments in the game, but could not hang onto a lead.
Vilallpando led the Leopards in goals, scoring two on the Panthers.
Chapman is now 3-1 in SCIAC and 10-13 overall.
La Verne is now last overall in SCIAC.
Next up for La Verne are the Caltech Beavers (0-3, 4-14) at 11 a.m. Saturday in Pasadena.
Erica Maurice can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.