RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Bucknell women’s water polo team will be playing eight games in California over the next six days and it opened the trip with an 11-3 loss at Cal Baptist Tuesday evening at Lancer Aquatics Center. Hannah Sunday scored two of the Bison’s three goals.
Bucknell (5-4) could not overcome an early 3-1 deficit and trailed 6-1 at the half. Back-to-back goals by Julianne Valdes and Sunday late in the third quarter trimmed a nine-goal deficit to seven, but the Lancers tallied once in the final period for the final eight-goal margin.
Sunday’s first goal came midway through the first quarter and cut the Bison deficit to 2-1, but Cal Baptist tallied the next eight goals over a 16-minute span. Four different Lancers finished the contest with two goals.
Sunday, who now leads the team with 13 goals on the year, also drew a team-high four ejections on Tuesday. She now has 28 on the year.
Bucknell had won the last three meetings with Cal Baptist (10-8), which is receiving votes in the national poll.
The Bison will continue their trip Wednesday with a 10 p.m. Eastern contest at Pomona-Pitzer. Bucknell is 4-2 in that series and has won each of the last three meetings. The two squads have not faced each other since 2009.
BUCKNELL 1 0 2 0 -3
CAL BAPTIST 3 3 4 1 -11
Goals: Sunday (2), Valdes.
Assists: Valdes, Marrs.
Field Blocks: Marrs.
Ejections Drawn: Sunday (4), Ferry (3), Ovalle, McCarthy, Marrs.
Saves: Heim (7 svs., 10 ga., 24:00 min.), Derrod (2 sv., 1 ga., 8:00 min.).
Steals: Valdes, Bozorghadad, McCarthy, Deana.
Sprints: Marrs (1-2), DeRuff (0-1), Deana (0-1).
Bucknell Record: 5-4.