Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
Sophomore Krista Schneider has a team-best 31 assists this season.
No. 19 UC San Diego Heads North to Open WWPA Play
Release: Thursday 03/23/2017 

National Rank: 19 (CWPA)
WWPA: 0-0
WWPA Standing: n/a
Home: 2-3
Away: 2-0
Neutral: 7-9

Game 24
vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (6-7)
Sunday, March 26 • 2:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Prep • Atherton

Game 25
vs. Sonoma State (6-15)
Sunday, March 26 • 5:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Prep • Atherton

Game 26
vs. Cal State East Bay (9-10)
Monday, March 27 • 2:00 p.m.
Pioneer Pool • Hayward
Live Stats • Live Video

The 19th-ranked UC San Diego women's water polo team will face three Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) opponents in two days on the road. The Tritons will play Cal State Monterey Bay at 2 p.m. and Sonoma State at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 26 in Atherton at Sacred Heart Prep. UCSD will then travel to Hayward and take on Cal State East Bay Monday, March 27 at 2 p.m. at Pioneer Pool.  

UCSD earned an 8-5 win over CSUN at home. Senior Lani Tittle grabbed her first hat trick of the season with a team-high three goals.

The Tritons then traveled across town to the two-day Aztec Invitational where they finished the weekend 2-2, grabbing wins over Bucknell and Chapman by scores of 11-4 and 20-3, respectively. UCSD fell to No. 19 Wagner, by one goal, 8-7, and No. 13 Indiana, 6-3. Freshman Reilly Gallagher tallied 22 saves over the tournament. 

UC San Diego 8, CSUN 5
UC San Diego 11, Bucknell 4
Wagner 8, UC San Diego 7
Indiana 6, UC San Diego 3
UC San Diego 20, Chapman 3

UCSD started the season ranked 11th in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) national rankings. The Tritons ranked as high as ninth and currently sit in the No. 19 spot. To view the complete rankings click here.

So far this season, Alexis Wieseler sits second on the all-time list for career goals with 270, only 51 goals away from becoming UCSD's career leader ... Wieseler is also second all-time in attempts (698) and all-time steals (220) ... Lauren Boyer is second on the all-time list in penalties drawn with 35, only five away from becoming the career leader ... Boyer is seventh in all-time ejections drawn with 193. 

Eight Tritons have combined for a total of 22 hat tricks so far this season:

Alexis Wieseler (6)
1/21 vs. Sonoma State (four goals)
1/22 vs. Pacific (three goals)
2/11 vs. UC Irvine (four goals)
2/12 vs. UC Davis (three goals)
2/18 vs. California Baptist (three goals)
3/11 vs. Wagner (three goals)

Lauren Boyer (6)
1/21 vs. Sonoma State (four goals)
1/22 vs. Pacific (seven goals)
2/12 vs. UC Davis (three goals)
2/25 vs. San Diego State (five goals)
3/5 vs. Princeton (three goals)
3/11 vs. Bucknell (three goals)

Chanel Schilling (5)
1/21 vs. Sonoma State (three goals) 
2/18 vs. California Baptist (three goals)
3/3 vs. Indiana (three goals) 
3/4 vs. Harvard (four goals)
3/4 vs. Iona (three goals)

Kayla Fedler (1)
3/4 vs. Harvard (three goals)

Lani Tittle (1)
3/10 vs. CSUN (three goals)

Hanna Schneider (1)
3/12 vs. Chapman (four goals)

Shelby Stender (1)
3/12 vs. Chapman (three goals)

Halley Atkinson (1)
3/12 vs. Chapman (three goals)

Lauren Boyer was named Western Water Polo Association Player of the Week for the third time in her career for the week of Jan. 23-29. Boyer recorded 12 goals and two assists at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invitational, the Tritons finished the weekend 2-2. The Honolulu, Hawaii product posted a career-high seven goals in a 15-12 overtime upset over No. 10 Pacific. In UCSD's season opener, Boyer matched a game-high four scores to help lift the Tritons over Sonoma State, 16-7. She tallied two assists in UC San Diego's narrow, 8-5, loss to No. 5 Hawai'i and capped the weekend with one goal against No. 3 UCLA. She received the honor twice last season (for the weeks of Jan. 18-24 and Feb. 8-14).

Brad Kreutzkamp, the 2016 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) NCAA Division II Co-Coach of the year, enters his eighth season at the helm when the women's water polo team begins its 2017 season this weekend at the UCSB Winter Invitational. The Tritons, ranked No. 11 in the CWPA poll, are coming off a 28-11 season and their fifth WWPA title in six years. UCSD also made its fifth overall appearance at the NCAA Championship, finishing in sixth place to match its best showing in school history (2013). UC San Diego's 28-win season also equaled the most victories in program-history (1994).

Cal State Monterey Bay is 6-7 on the season. Tatiana Veloso leads the Otters with team-highs in goals (27) and assists (17). On defense, Dinah Aiad has a team-high 27 steals. Morgen Fein has started 13 games in goal and collected 119 saves. She boasts a .488 save percentage. Emily Schmidt is in her first season as head coach of CSUMB. 

UCSD is undefeated against CSUMB with a 10-0 all-time record. The Tritons earned a decisive 21-6 victory over the Otters in WWPA play last season. Chanel Schilling and Alexis Wieseler both earned hat tricks in the win totaling five and four goals, respectively. 

Sonoma State enters the weekend with a 6-15 overall record. The Seawolves most recently dropped games to No. 20 Harvard and No. 10 UC Santa Barbara by scores of 13-10 and 17-7, respectively. Lyndsie Williams and Nicole Groat lead the roster with 35 goals each. Williams also has a team-high 36 steals. Goalie Taylor Plorin has a .480 save percentage and a 10.54 goals against average and 155 saves. Chelsea Hennan is in her ninth season with SSU. 

The Tritons are 19-1 against the Seawolves in the all-time series. Earlier this season, UCSD defeated SSU 16-7 in a "non-conference game against a conference opponent". Seniors Alexis Wieseler and Lauren Boyer tallied four goals apiece. 

Cal State East Bay is 9-10 overall with its most recent contest resulting in an 11-8 loss to Princeton at the Roadrunner Invitational. Auriel Bill has a team-best 33 goals to go along with 19 assists and 30 steals. In goal, NiKki Vaughan has tallied 138 saves in 18 games played. She holds a .516 save percentage and 9.56 goals against average. Head coach Lisa Cooper is in her 15th season at the helm. 

UCSD is a perfect 14-0 against CSUEB. The Tritons took down the Pioneers in last year's WWPA Championship game by a score of 9-5. UCSD trailed 2-0 early in the game but scored three unaswered goals to take a lead it would not relinquish. With the win, the Tritons earned their fourth-consecutive WWPA crown. Lani Tittle and Kayla Fedler had two goals each. 

The 2017 Triton roster boasts 16 returners including two All-Americans and several All-WWPA honorees. Two-meter defender Alexis Wieseler returns for her final season as a two-time All-American, three-time All-WWPA and NCAA Championship All-Tournament selection. Last season, Wieseler led the team in goals (84) and steals (72).

UCSD also returns All-American center Lauren Boyer, who tallied 57 goals, 10 assists and 29 steals on the season. All-WWPA honoree Lani Tittle is back after finishing with a team-high 22 field blocks. She also amassed 17 goals, 24 assists and 40 steals. Chanel Schilling, the WWPA Newcomer of the Year, had a successful initial campaign with 29 goals, seven assists and 16 steals.

The Tritons have big shoes to fill after graduating four-time All-American goalkeeper, Courtney Miller. She made her mark in the record books as the school's career leader in saves (1,465). In 2016, she tallied 334 saves, 42 assists and 28 steals.

The Tritons also lost key players in All-American Laurel Kistler (60 goals, 48 assists, 58 steals) and Julia Kirkland (40 goals, 28 assists, 17 steals).

UCSD head coach Brad Kreutzkamp is in his eighth season at the helm. He has led the Tritons to five WWPA championships and five NCAA Championship appearances in his seven seasons. The Tritons are 157-113 (.581) overall during his tenure. Last season, Kreutzkamp’s team captured its fourth-straight WWPA title and fifth in six years with a 9-5 victory over Cal State East Bay. UCSD made its fifth NCAA appearance and matched a program-best, sixth-place finish. The Tritons recorded 28 wins, matching the team's most (1994). 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 boy's and girl’s varsity programs at Grossmont High School from 1996-99.

UC San Diego was the unanimous to capture the 2017 WWPA title according to a preseason poll of the league's coaches. It is the fifth straight year and the sixth time in the last seven seasons that UCSD has earned the top spot in the poll.

2017 WWPA Women's Preseason Coaches' Poll
1.  UC San Diego, 25 points (5 first-place votes)
2.  Cal State East Bay, 20 (1)
3.  Sonoma State, 17
4.  Mercyhurst, 14
5.  Cal State Monterey Bay, 9
6.  Gannon, 5

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UCSD will return home to to host Hartwick Friday, March 31 at 6 p.m. and UC Irvine Sunday, April 2 at 12 p.m.


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