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Tigers hold LMU to just 2-for-26 shooting to advance to second straight GCC title game.
Tigers hold LMU to just 2-for-26 shooting to advance to second straight GCC title game.
Women's Water Polo - Sat, Apr. 29, 2017

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - It was all about defense for second-seeded Pacific, as they held LMU to just 2-for-26 shooting to claim a 3-2 win over third-seeded LMU in the first semifinal of the 2017 Golden Coast Conference Women's Championships at Santa Clara on Saturday afternoon.

It was the lowest scoring tournament game in the four year history of the GCC as Rachel Krieger's goal with 2:58 to play in the game proved to be the game winner.

LMU's defense was just as stout as they held Pacific to 3-for-28 in shooting and sophomore Sky Flores finished with 11 saves and a steal in goal for the Lions. Alexis Hollinrake had five saves and six steals in goal to pace Pacific.

The game was scoreless through the first 16 minutes and first-team All-GCC freshman Mariana Duarte scored the first goal of the game with 6:14 to play in the third quarter to make it 1-0 for Pacific. Just over a minute later Viktoria Szmodics gave Pacific the 2-0 lead.

LMU would answer, as Katie Hungerford scored with 2:57 to play to cut the lead to 2-1.

Defense would once again take over as the score remained 2-1 for over eight minutes of play. Krieger would get that third goal with 2:58 to play in the fourth quarter for a key 3-1 lead. It was big as the Lions would cut the lead to 3-2 on a 6-on-5 goal by Morgan Molloy with 1:28 on the clock.

The Lions would have two more chances to tie the game, including another 6-on-5 chance with 50 seconds to play. However, like they did all game, the Tigers' defense answered the call.

Pacific advances to face San Diego State in the GCC title game for the second straight year while LMU will face Azusa Pacific in the third place game. The third place game is at noon and the championship will be at 1:30 pm. Every game will feature a live broadcast and live stats from THE FOSH. All links can be found at TOURNAMENT CENTRAL on GCCWaterPolo.com.