LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- A complacent offense, even just for one quarter, proved insurmountable for No. 18 California Baptist University, as the Lancers fell to No. 10 Loyola Marymount 11-7 on Thursday afternoon.
The Lancers matched LMU goal for goal until 6-on-5 goal at the 2:39 mark in the second quarter set up the 5-4 Lions lead heading into halftime.
Chris Toy was the first to find the back of the net to start the game before the Lions tied up the first quarter at 1-1. Toy added another in the second quarter, accompanied by a goal from Kellan Falconieri and CBU's one successful 6-on-5 goal from Evan Vardayou.
"They capitalized on transitions and 6-on-5," Head Coach Rick Rowland said. "That was the big difference."
For the day in the 6-on-5 opportunities, CBU was one of six while LMU was four of six.
" At the end of the second quarter, we had three straight 6-on-5. We made one and missed three in a row after that," Rowland said. "That is where we could have tied or maybe even taken a lead of one or two goals. Against a top 10 ranked team in the country, you better take advantage of each and every one of those opportunities in transition or 6-on-5. We didn't do that."
Unfortunately efficiency continued to go down in the third quarter, with LMU pushing ahead four goals to the Lancers' none.
"You can't let a team blank you in the third quarter," Rowland said.
CBU did take the scoring advantage in the final eight minutes, scoring three goals in the fourth quarter. Both Cody Wetherbee and Scott Gleason scored on 5M penalty shots following Lion fouls along with Jeremy Atkinson's goal with 1:01 remaining in play.
As a bright spot for the day, Falconieri earned team MVP honors, according to Rowland.
"He [Falconieri] came in, got two steals, a sprint and a really key goal that kept us fighting in the second quarter, " Rowland said.
Goalkeeper Austen Ramer finished with five saves and eight steals.
Now with a record of 20-7, the Lancers have over a week to prepare for No. 12 Concordia and DIII No. 2 Redlands at home on Saturday, Nov. 5.
"Those are two challenging games," Rowland said.
CBU sprints off against Concordia at 10 a.m. on Nov. 5 at the Lancer Aquatic Center.