Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
Sophomore Chanel Schilling has a team-high 52 ejections drawn this season.
No. 18 UC San Diego Hosts No. 19 Hartwick and No. 6 UC Irvine in Non-Conference Action
Release: Thursday 03/30/2017 

National Rank: 18th (CWPA)
WWPA: 3-0
WWPA Standing: 1st of 6
Home: 2-3
Away: 3-0
Neutral: 9-9

Game 27
vs. No. 19 Hartwick  (13-6)
Friday, March 31 • 6:00 p.m.
Canyonview Aquatic Center • La Jolla
Live Video • Live Stats

Game 28
vs. No. 6 UC Irvine (15-6)
Sunday, April 2 • 12:00 p.m.
Canyonview Aquatic Center • La Jolla
Live Video • Live Stats

The 18th-ranked UC San Diego women's water polo team returns home to face two non-conference nationally-ranked opponents at Canyonview Aquatic Center. On Friday, the Tritons play No. 19 Hartwick at 6 p.m. UCSD returns to the pool Sunday to host No. 6 UC Irvine at noon. Both games feature live online video at our streaming portal,

The Tritons swept their three road games in two days against WWPA opponents. UCSD totaled 20 steals and held Cal State Monterey Bay to just one goal in each half to prevail, 16-2. The Triton offense came alive against Sonoma State as UCSD crusied to a 13-4 victory. Senior Alexis Wieseler tallied six goals against the Seawolves. 

On Monday, the Tritons completed their successful trip up north with a 13-8 triumph over Cal State East Bay. Eight different UCSD players scored with senior Lauren Boyer leading the way behind five goals.

UC San Diego 16, Cal State Monterey Bay 2
UC San Diego 13, Sonoma State 4
UC San Diego 13, Cal State East Bay 8

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. 18 spot. To view the complete rankings click here.

1. UC San Diego 3-0, 22-9
2. Sonoma State 2-1, 11-13
3. Mercyhurst 0-0,7-10
4. Gannon 0-0, 6-11
5. Cal State East Bay 0-2, 13-10
6. Cal State Monterey Bay 0-2, 5-22

So far this season, Alexis Wieseler sits second on the all-time list for career goals with 279, only 42 goals away from becoming UCSD's career leader ... Wieseler is also second all-time in attempts (672) and all-time steals (228) ... Lauren Boyer is second on the all-time list in penalties drawn with 37, only three away from becoming the career leader ... Boyer is seventh in all-time ejections drawn with 198. 

Eight Tritons have combined for a total of 27 hat tricks so far this season:

Alexis Wieseler (7)
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)
3/26 vs. Sonoma State (six goals)

Lauren Boyer (8)
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)
3/26 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (three goals)
3/27 vs. Cal State East Bay (five 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 (3)
3/4 vs. Harvard (three goals)
3/26 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (three goals)
3/26 vs. Sonoma State (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)

Alexis Wieseler was named the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Week for the week of Mar. 29-Apr. 5. Wieseler helped UC San Diego defeat three WWPA opponents in two days. The Highland, Calif. product tallied a game-high six goals, completing her seventh hat trick of the season, in a 13-4 victory over Sonoma State. She notched two goals in UCSD’s WWPA season opener against Cal State Monterey Bay and posted a goal in the Tritons’ 13-8 win over Cal State East Bay.Over three contests, Wieseler totaled eight steals and dished out five assists.This marks Wieseler’s third time receiving the conference’s weekly honor, she earned it once during the 2013 season and once in 2015.

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).

Hartwick is 13-6 on the season. Most recently the Hawks collected wins over Azusa Pacific and Redlands by scores of 12-8 and 17-11, respectively. Zsofia Polak leads the team in goals (50) and assists (22). Lena Kotanchyan has a team-high 38 steals and goalie Josette Santos has 121 saves on the season. Head coach Alan Hukins is in his 14th season at the helm. 

The Tritons hold a slim 7-6 advantage over the Hawks in the all-time series. The two teams last met during the 2015 season with UCSD capturing a 14-7 victory. Alexis Wieseler had two goals. 

UCI enters the weekend with a 15-6 record. The Anteaters have won six of the last seven of their outings and most recently defeated San Diego State, 9-7. Mary Brooks and McKenna Mitchell lead the team in goals with 40 each. Jenna Phreaner boasts an 8.10 goals agaisnt average. Dan Klatt is in his 13th season as head coach. 

UCI leads the all-time series 36-7. The Tritons and Anteaters met earlier this season at the Triton Invitational with UCI taking an 11-6 victory. Reilly Gallagher grabbed nine saves and Alexis Wieseler notched four goals. 

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 host its final two home games Friday, April 7 against Long Beach State at 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 8 against Pomona-Pitzer at noon. 


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