The fifth-ranked University of Hawaiʻi women's water polo team defeated No. 15 Loyola Marymount in overtime, 19-17, before cruising past No. 14 Fresno State, 19-8, on Saturday at the UCLA Mini Tournament at the Spieker Aquatics Center.
Leading the way for Hawaiʻi were junior Elyse Lemay-Lavoie, who had nine goals on Saturday, and senior Irene Gonzalez and freshman Maxine Schaap, who contributed seven goals each.
In their first matchup of the day, they really had to take it to next level in order to get the win against Loyola Marymount. The match was all tied up at the end of regulation time, 15-15. The two teams proceeded to go into overtime.
UH outperformed Loyola Marymount in overtime even after giving up the first goal, scoring four consecutive goals to close out the first overtime period.
Loyola Marymount was not able to overcome the lead, only scoring one more goal in the following overtime period. Much of that late game success was due to Molly DiLalla, who made three saves in order to seal the win.
Lemay-Lavoie, Gonzalez and Schaap each scored five goals in game one while Bonamusa Boix claimed three goals of her own.
The 'Bows rode the momentum of their overtime into their second match of the day. UH was in complete control of Fresno State, winning the match 19-8.
It was domination from the start, ending the first quarter 7-3. For the remainder of the game, Hawaiʻi put on an offensive clinic, scoring four goals in the second quarter, five in the third and three in the fourth.
Lemay-Lavoie tallied four goals versus the Bulldogs, with freshman Emma van Rossum putting up three. UH had 10 different players who scored against Fresno State.
Bridget Layburn made six saves in the first half for the Rainbow Wahine while DiLalla made three in the second half.
Hawaiʻi (6-1) will complete its road trip tomorrow with a game at No. 21 UC San Diego in La Jolla for a noon showdown.