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Sarah Lizotte, the 2013 NCAA Division II Player of the Year, returns for her senior season in 2014.
No. 14 UCSD Opens 2014 Campaign at UCSB Winter Invite
Release: Thursday 01/23/2014 

Match 1
Saturday, Jan. 25 • 11:50 a.m.
UCSB Campus Pool • Santa Barbara

Match 2
No. 5 Arizona State
Saturday, Jan. 25 • 4:30 p.m.
UCSB Campus Pool • Santa Barbara

Match 3
No. 17 UC Santa Barbara
Sunday, Jan. 26 • 8:00 a.m.
UCSB Campus Pool • Santa Barbara

Match 4
CSU Bakersfield
Sunday, Jan. 8 • 1:50 p.m.
UCSB Campus Pool • Santa Barbara

Head coach Brad Kreutzkamp begins his fifth year at the helm when the women’s water polo team opens its 2014 schedule this weekend at the UCSB Winter Invite. UCSD, slotted at No. 14 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) rankings, is coming off a 26-15 season. The Tritons claimed their third Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) title in the process and earned a spot in the 2013 National Collegiate National Championship tournament. UCSD finished sixth at the championship, the best finish in school history at the NCAA tournament. To check out the roster and read about the Tritons, click here.

The Tritons return many key players for the 2014 campaign, highlighted by Sarah Lizotte. The senior from Riverside was named the 2013 NCAA Division II Player of the Year by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPAC), Division II All-American First Team, Division I All-American Honorable Mention, WWPA Player of the Year and All-WWPA First Team after scoring 92 goals and dishing out 67 assists, both single-season UCSD records. The Tritons also return sophomore Courtney Miller in the cage, who was named All-American First Team and All-WWPA First Team after setting the school single-season record for saves at 317. UCSD also returns senior Melissa Bartow (All-American First Team, All-WWPA First Team), sophomore Alexis Wieseler (All-American Second Team, All-WWPA Honorable Mention), senior Leah Gonzales, junior Jolene Guiliana and sophomore Julia Kirkland.

UCSD is 6-2 in season openers since the 2006 season … The Tritons sport 21 California natives on their roster, with Courtney Miller (Honolulu, HI), Lauren Boyer (Honolulu, HI) and Nicole Gerwin (British Columbia, Canada) the three players from out of state … Sarah Lizotte has scored 229 career goals, good for second in school history behind Julie Swail’s record of 245 … Lizotte also sits in second with 120 assists and only needs five helpers to pass Jamie Dailey’s school record of 125 … Lizotte currently holds the UCSD single-season record for goals (92), attempts (228) and assists (67) … Melissa Bartow has drawn 218 ejections in her career and trails Dana Tucker’s school record of 219 by one … Bartow is currently the UCSD all-time career leader in penalties drawn (29) … Courtney Miller holds the UCSD single-season record of saves (374) and sits in ninth in career saves … Jolene Guillana also shares the UCSD single-season assists record (67) with Lizotte, and sits in sixth (65) on the single-season steals list … Alexis Wiesseler sits in seventh on the UCSD single-season goals list (72).

UCSD head coach Brad Kreutzkamp is in his fifth season leading the Tritons. He has compiled a career record of 83-68, with a winning percentage of .543. In his four seasons at the helm, Kreutzkamp has led UCSD to a pair of Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships and two appearances at the NCAA Championship. In his fourth season, Kreutzkamp led UCSD to an NCAA Championship berth after knocking off Loyola Marymount, 10-8, in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) title game. The 12th-ranked Tritons finished a program-best sixth place at NCAA Championship and closed the season with a 26-15 overall mark, recording the most wins since the 1994 national championship squad went 28-2. He was honored as the Division II Coach of the Year by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) and was also named WWPA Coach of the Year. In 2012, Kreutzkamp led the Tritons to their most wins since 2003 in his third season at the helm. UCSD finished 21-14 overall and narrowly missed their second straight trip to the NCAA Championship.  He guided the Tritons to an 18-20 overall record in 2011, leading the Tritons to their first WWPA title since 2000 and the school’s first appearance at the NCAA Championship in program history. Kreutzkamp came to UCSD as an assistant coach with the women’s team in 1999 before joining longtime head coach Denny Harper on the men’s staff the following season. Prior to his arrival on the La Jolla campus, Kreutzkamp was the head coach of both the boys and girls varsity programs at Grossmont High School from 1996-99.

Concordia enters with a 0-4 overall record after competing in the UCLA Invite on Jan. 18-19. The Eagles dropped decisions to UCLA (25-6), Loyola Marymount (22-8), CSU Bakersfield (17-7) and San Jose State (22-3). Meg Dix leads the Eagles’ offense with nine goals on the season, while freshman MacKenzie Kuran heads up the defense in the cage. Head coach John Wright, who is currently in his second season at the helm, leads Concordia.

This marks the first ever meeting between the two schools.

Arizona State enters as the fifth-ranked team in the nation and opens its 2014 campaign at the UCSB Winter Invite. The Sun Devils finished the 2013 season with a school record 26 wins but fell in the third-place game in the MPSF tournament to end their season. ASU returns Petra Pardi, who scored 45 goals a year ago, and brings in a elite recruiting class for the upcoming season. Ninth-year head coach Todd Clapper leads the Sun Devils.

Arizona State holds a 5-3 all-time series advantage over UCSD. ASU defeated the Tritons, 10-4, in last meeting on Feb. 9, 2013 at the Triton Invitational.

UC Santa Barbara enters as the 17th-ranked team in the nation and opens its 2014 campaign by hosting the Winter Invite. The Gauchos are led by Samantha Murphy (78g), Lauren Martin (24g) and Jessie Porter (51g) in 2014. UCSB also brings in 15 freshmen to the squad. Head coach Wolf Wigo returns to the women’s program in 2104 to lead the Gauchos.

UCSB leads the all-time series with UCSD 28-11. The Gauchos swept the season series last year, wining 21-11 in sudden victory on Feb. 10 before earning a 12-9 win on Mar. 30.

CSU Bakersfield enters with a 1-3 overall record after competing in the UCLA Invite on Jan. 18-19. The Roadrunners fell to Loyola Marymount (16-4), San Jose State (20-9) and UCLA (14-3) before picking up a win over Concordia (17-7). CSU Bakersfield is led by Nicola Barrett, who has tallied eight goals on the season. Courtney Wahlstrom leads the Roadrunners’ defense in the cage and has amassed 20 saves in 2014. Seventh-year head coach Jason Gall leads CSU Bakersfield.

UCSD holds a commanding 18-2 all-time series record against CSU Bakersfield. The last meeting came on Apr. 15, 2012, a game the Tritons won 12-7.

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Following the opening weekend, UCSD will host the Triton Invitational at Canyonview Aquatic Center on Feb. 8-9. The schedule is slated to be released next week.


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