The men’s water polo team suffered an 18-8 road loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday.
The Stags’ offensive attack allowed CMS to jump out to an early lead.
The Leopards were unable to recover.
“Claremont is a really fast team,” sophomore utility player Troy Williams said. “We fell apart on the defensive end and could not get our offense going.”
The Stags scored three unanswered goals to start the game.
La Verne’s only first quarter goal came from senior defender Daniel Hargis.
The Leopards were outscored 6-2 for the rest of the half, making the score 9-3.
Sophomore attacker Bryan Jimenez and junior center Tyler Hunt scored the two second quarter goals for La Verne.
“We need to work on control, repetition, getting rest and coming back, finishing and having a positive attitude,” Hunt said.
The Leopards scored back-to-back goals to start the second half, but was quickly countered by three straight Stag goals.
CMS outscored La Verne 6-3 in the third quarter and 9-5 in the second half.
A lack of offensive production and missed scoring opportunities have been the Leopards’ downfall during Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play this season.
La Verne is only averaging 7.5 goals per game in SCIAC play.
“We have to score,” head coach Alex La said. “We can’t miss when we have the chance to put the ball away.”
Hargis and Williams were bright spots for the Leopard’s offense, scoring two goals each and combining for half of La Verne’s total offense in the losing effort.
CMS freshman center Erick Bakar led the Stags with four goals of his own.
“We can’t get frustrated,” La said. “We got to stay focused while we are out there and finish the game.”
The Leopards suffered a 17-13 home loss to Chapman Wednesday.
With the loss, La Verne has a 4-17 overall record and a 0-3 record in SCIAC play.
CMS improves to 10-8 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
The Stags sit at second place in the SCIAC, just behind Chapman.
The Leopards next game is scheduled against SCIAC opponent Caltech at 11 a.m. Saturday at Las Flores Park in La Verne.
This will be followed by a 1:30 p.m. game against Chaffey College at Las Flores Park as well.
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