RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- In a rare occurrence, each of the five Lancers that scored in No. 19 California Baptist University's 13-6 win over Azusa Pacific tallied multiple goals, including three hat-tricks on a day preserved to honor CBU's seniors and the last home match of 2012.
"It's been a consistent theme throughout the year. We've had a lot of people step up at different times," Head Coach Jacob Medina said. "As a whole, we typically get good contributions from a lot of different girls and today was the same. A lot of girls went in and decided that they wanted to score."
The Lancers jumped out to a 5-0 lead before APU was able to notch a goal at the halfway through the second quarter. Alyssa Birch was the sole scorer of the first quarter, finding the back of the net at 2:03 and 1:23 for the 2-0 Lancer lead.
Outscoring the Cougars 4-2 in the second quarter, Laura Kocsis and Molly Gritchen each scored the first of their three goals in the first minute and half of play. Acavedo, who had the third hat-trick, was the first to score on a 6-on-5 opportunity at 3:52 left in the half.
"Tania [Acavedo], this year she has been phenomenal for us after spending last year trying to get the rust off after dealing with injuries. She's been a huge part of our success," Medina said.
Both CBU and APU had seven 6-on-5 power plays, the difference coming on CBU's ability to convert on four of those opportunities while holding Azusa Pacific to just two goals while with an advantage. The Cougars' offense was also stifled by eight different Lancers contributing to 10 team steals.
"Defense has been a focal point because for a while we were so concerned with putting points on the board. I think as a team we thought 'How do we put points on the board? What do we need to do?," Medina said. "We realized it takes so much pressure off of us having to score if we could just keep them from putting them up on the board. In the last couple of weeks we have been playing much better defense, trying to limit ejections and things like that."
Kovacs scored her first of two at 2:22; on the way to a 6-2 halftime lead. Her season total now stands at 82 goals while also adding another two assists and two steals to her season stats.
"In some ways, the stats speak for themselves. In three years, she [Kovacs] is already probably one of the best offensive weapons we have ever had here," Medina said. "She has become such a well-rounded player with the amount of steals she's starting to get. It's been awesome to see her grow as a player since she's been here. When she got here, she shot the ball to where now, she's getting steals, playing good defense, drawing ejections and doing all the other things that makes a player good. She's worked really hard to get there. "
A penalty was called on the Cougars 27 second into the second half, and Gritchen extended the Lancer lead to 7-2 with a penalty shot straight to the back of the net.
Kocsis scored back-to-back goals, including a 6-on-5 goal at 5:05. Kovacs finished out the quarter with a score with 46 seconds left.
Both Acavedo and Gritchen scored on 6-on-5 fourth quarter chances to finalize the score at 13-6.
Goalkeeper Camryn Rogers, a four year starter, concluded her time in Lancer Aquatics Center with a eight saves performance. Adding three more steals and an assist to her career stats, Rogers will graduate as both the career saves leader (currently at 1172) and with four top-10 performances on the single season records lists, including the top sport for 370 saves a freshman.
"Camryn in her four years has been amazing," Medina said of the very first recruit he ever signed at CBU. "In everything she has done, she has been phenomenal for us. Starting her freshman year, she has been asked to do a lot for us in the cage. Camryn has always stepped up and risen to the occasion."
Tuesday was the Lancers 20th win of the season, for CBU's tenth 20-plus wins season in 13 years.
With two weeks of the 2012 season remaining, CBU travels to Arizona on Saturday to face No. 16 Hawaii and No. 4 Arizona State.