LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- California Baptist University opened the season with two tough losses against No. 5 UC Santa Barbara and No. 2 UCLA at the UCLA Invitational on Saturday.
The Lancers played UCSB close through two quarters, entering halftime down 5-2. After getting outscored 8-4 in the second half CBU fell 13-6.
"We played a competitive first game," said head coach Rick Rowland. "We drew a lot of ejections against a top team in nation."
CBU was able to draw eight ejections from the Gauchos, the issue that the Lancers faced was converting those 6-on-5 chances into goals. They were only able to score on one of their eight chances.
"Our big problem today was the 6-on-5," said Rowland. "If we can score on around 50 percent of our 6-on-5 chances, we can keep the scores closer."
This was Ring's first game as a Lancer, and first goal scored. Austen Ramer ended with nine saves, making his career total 864. Vanjoff added three assists to his goal scored and was the CBU MVP of the first game.
In the second game of the day, CBU lost 15-7 to No. 2, and tournament host, UCLA.
The Bruins led 8-3 after one quarter, but CBU played them close in the second quarter keeping the score at 10-5.
"We had a rough first quarter against UCLA, but after that we were able to keep it pretty even the rest of the way," said Rowland.
The execution of their 6-on-5 chances was an issue again in this game, as the Lancers only scored twice in 12 opportunities.
"Gleason was our most consistent player today," said Rowland. "He scored four goals over two games and drew seven of our 20 ejections."
Ramer picked up 12 saves in the UCLA game, pushing his career total to 876. Jizmejian's two goals, one assist and one steal made him the CBU MVP of the second game.
"Jizmejian did a lot of good things in that game," said Rowland. "He has been out with shoulder problems, so this was a good comeback game for him."
The Lancers will work on improving their 6-on-5 offense over the next week as they prepare to take on No. 1, and four-time defending champion, USC in Los Angeles on Sept. 8 at 12 p.m.