California Baptist University’s men’s water polo team took on Western Water Polo Association conference rival Air Force Nov. 4, beating the Eagles 12-10.
It was a back-and-forth contest between the two, with three lead changes and five ties, but the Lancers held onto the lead in the second half, improving to 20-9, and 3-3 in the WWPA.
The key players for the game were Brent Teraoka, senior biology major and driver, with four goals, while Joseph Moorman, senior psychology major and goalie, posted 16 saves and a takeaway.
Kevin Rosa, head coach, said the win was well-earned.
“There was not one person, it was a solid team effort today,” Rosa said.
In the first half, the Lancers not only had to overcome a 2-0 deficit, but three of their top players were also charged with two exclusions before halftime.
“You have to go out there and play,” Rosa said of the foul trouble. “The best thing about the first half is we were able to get a lot of subs in and get the guys some rest. They were fresh and ready when we needed them in the second half and we made a run.”
The Lancers answered back from the 2-0 deficit by the Eagles by scoring three-straight scores before the first quarter was over, leading 3-2. Forte and Logan Mena, freshman communication studies major and two-meter, scored the first two goals for CBU. Teraoka then converted a penalty drawn by Mena to take the lead.
“A game like this gives us confidence,” said Tanner Shore, sophomore international business major and utility. “This is good preparation.”