PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Playing Azusa Pacific for just the second time in program history, the Bucknell women’s water polo team lost its season opener to the Cougars by a 14-7 score Saturday on the first day of the Bruno Classic. The Bison were led by two goals apiece from Shyla Lintz and Marta Considine.

Bucknell (0-1) and Azusa Pacific (1-0) were even in scoring in the middle two quarters, but the Cougars outscored the Bison 5-1 in the first period and 3-0 in the fourth quarter. Azusa Pacific scored the final five goals in the opening quarter to build a four-goal cushion and Bucknell drew no closer than two goals the rest of the way.

Emily Konishi posted a team-high four assists for the Bison, while Manuela Herrera registered seven saves in cage.

Mar Pastor and Megan Myers led Azusa Pacific with four goals apiece.

Bucknell, which plays an exhibition contest against McKendree College on Saturday evening, will wrap up the Bruno Classic Sunday at 10:20 a.m. against No. 23 Marist.

BUCKNELL               1          2          4          0          -7
AZUSA PACIFIC       5          3          3          3          -14

Goals: Lintz (2), Considine (2), Stanbach, Scudri, Konishi.
Assists: Konishi (4), Mooney, Scuderi, Benson.
Ejections Drawn: Considine (4), Lintz, Mooney, Konishi, Barron.
Steals: Lintz (3), Konishi (3), Stanbach, Barron, Considine.
Saves: Herrera (7 svs., 14 ga., 32:00 min.).
Sprints: Konishi (1-2), Barron (0-2).
Bucknell Record: 0-1.