The University of Redlands women's water polo team fell in a tight contest to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Senior Day at the Thompson Aquatic Center, 5-6. Although the Bulldogs had a one-goal lead late in the third stanza on Wednesday, the advantage would not hold, resulting in the tough defeat.
Prior to the start of Wednesday's contest, senior drivers Moana Tuipulotu (Lahaina, HI), Jill Stein (Palm Desert, CA) and Stephanie Taylor (Sacramento, CA) were honored by Redlands, celebrating their accomplishments during their playing careers with the Maroon and Gray.
The Bulldogs surrendered two scores in the first period and trailed heading into the second quarter, 0-2. Redlands junior center Jaci Cochrane (San Bernardino, CA), however, split the deficit by finding the back of the net with 6:31 remaining in the second stanza. The Maroon and Gray tied the contest not long after when junior driver Becca Woodruff (Davis, CA) fired a shot into the goal, bringing the two teams even.
After CMS regained a 3-2 advantage, Cochrane brought the game level before the half when she notched her second score of the night.
Cochrane then gave the U of R its first lead of the contest when she completed her individual hat-trick with 2:14 remaining in the third period, putting Redlands up 4-3.
However, the Athenas rattled off three-consecutive goals to recapture the advantage midway through the fourth frame.
Stein pulled one back for Redlands with 2:32 left in regulation to make it a one-goal game, but that would be all that the Bulldogs could muster offensively, resulting in the difficult loss.
In the cage for the U of R, junior goalkeeper Julie Lupfer (San Diego, CA) racked up 12 saves in the contest.
With the result, the Bulldogs now sit in third place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) standings with two games remaining before the SCIAC Championship Tournament.
Redlands (11-16, 4-2 SCIAC) travels to Cal Lutheran University on Saturday morning for a conference match-up with the Regals. The important SCIAC game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.