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Sophomore Chanel Schilling leads UCSD with 14 penalties drawn and 67 ejections drawn.
UCSD Welcomes Wagner For NCAA Championship Opening Round
Release: Thursday 05/04/2017 

National Rank: 15th (CWPA)
WWPA: 3-0
WWPA Standing: 1st of 6
Home: 4-5
Away: 4-0
Neutral: 11-9

vs. No. 17 Wagner (25-10) 
Saturday, May 6 • 4:00 p.m. 
Canyonview Aquatic Center • La Jolla 
Live Video  Live Stats

UC San Diego and Canyonview Aquatic Center will be home to one of the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship opening-round games on Saturday, May 6. The 15th-ranked Tritons will play No. 17 Wagner. This marks the fourth year in a row UCSD will host an opening-round game. The winner will take on top-seeded UCLA in the championship bracket.

Eighth-ranked Pacific will host No. 25 Pomona-Pitzer in the other opening-round match on Saturday, May 6, at 11 a.m. The winner will advance to play second-seeded Stanford in the championship bracket.

The 2017 championship will be an eight-team, single-elimination tournament (7 games).

The NCAA Championship opening round game will be streamed for FREE on Live stats will also be provided via The FOSH and can be viewed here.

UCSD took home its fifth straight conference title at the 2017 Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championship. As the first seed with a perfect 3-0 regular season record in WWPA play, the Tritons received a bye. UCSD cruised to a 20-8 semifinal win over Cal State Monterey and led through all four quarters to handily defest Sonoma State in the championship game by a score of 15-4. Alexis Wieseler, Lauren Boyer  and Kayla Fedler were named to the WWPA All-Tournament First Team. Lani Tittle was placed on the second team. Wieseler was awarded the WWPA Tournament MVP after totaling nine goals, six steals and one assist. 

UC San Diego 20, Cal State Monterey Bay 8
UC San Diego 15, Sonoma State 4

Seniors Lauren Boyer and Alexis Wieseler led the Tritons with a combined eight goals as UCSD defeated San Diego State, 10-6, in a dominating performance, to reclaim the Harper Cup. The Tritons led throughout all four quarters, including a 4-0 shutout of the Aztecs int he second frame. Boyer acounted for the game-winning goal and freshman Reilly Gallagher made 11 stops in the cage.  It was the third time that UCSD lifted the cup, all coming in the past four years, and first time at SDSU. The Tritons, now 3-13 in the matchup, also won at home in 2014.

UC San Diego 10, San Diego State 6

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

1. UC San Diego 3-0, 17-14

2. Cal State East Bay 2-1, 12-12
3. Sonoma State 1-2, 9-18
4. Mercyhurst 1-0, 6-11
5. Cal State Monterey Bay 0-3, 7-11
6. Gannon 0-1, 6-11

Lauren Boyer, a senior center, was selected as the 2017 Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Year and took home her fourth All-WWPA honor in four yearsThe Honolulu, Hawaii, native led the WWPA in goals (71) and points (81). She had a team-high 13 five-meter penalties drawn and 11 hat tricks this season to go along with 11 assists, 30 steals, 51 ejections drawn and nine field blocks.

UCSD had a league-best seven players named to all-conference teams. Lauren Boyer and Alexis Wieseler were tabbed as first-team members while freshman Reilly Gallagher and sophomore Chanel Schilling earned second-team distinctions. Sophomore Krista Schneider and senior two-meter defender Lani Tittle gained honorable mentions. In addition, freshman Jessee Ransone and Gallagher were named to the All-Freshman Team. For more on the story, click here.

Alexis Wieseler sits second on the all-time list for career goals with 297, only 24 goals away from becoming UCSD's career leader ... Wieseler is also second all-time in attempts (699) and all-time steals (245) ... Lauren Boyer is second on all-time list in penalties drawn with 39, only one away from becoming the career leader ... Boyer is fourth in all-time ejections drawn with 209. 

In single season goals, Lauren Boyer is tied for eighth with 79 so far in 2017 ... Chanel Schilling is third all-time in single season penalties drawn with 14. 

Eight Tritons have combined for a total of 37 hat tricks so far this season:

Alexis Wieseler (11)
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)
4/7 vs. Long Beach State (three goals)
4/22 vs. San Diego State (three goals)
4/29 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (five goals)
4/30 vs. Sonoma State (four goals)

Lauren Boyer (13)
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)
3/31 vs. Hartwick (five goals)
4/7 vs. Long Beach State (three goals)
4/22 vs. San Diego State (five goals)
4/29 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (three goals)
4/30 vs. Sonoma State (six 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 (2)
3/12 vs. Chapman (three goals)
4/29 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (four goals)

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

The 2017 senior class leads UCSD in several statistical categories. Center Lauren Boyer is the leading scorer with 79 goals. Two-meter defender Lani Tiitle has the most  field blocks (18) and is second in steals (54) and. Alexis Wieseler paces the Tritons in penalty shots made with seven and steals (59). 

Wagner is ranked 17th in the latest CWPA poll with a 25-10 overall record. The Seahawks are fresh off their fourth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship title after defeating Marist, 11-7. Wagner enters the contest on a 16-game winning streak and will be led on offense by Kimberly Watson who has compiled 99 goals this season. Goalie Emily Riddle has 222 saves to go along with a 6.68 goals against average. Head coach Chris Radmonovich is in his seventh season. 

UCSD is 6-1 against Wagner all-time with its only loss to the Seahawks coming from an 8-7 defeat earlier this season at the Aztec Inivitational. In the meeting, the Seahawks jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the first half before the Tritons closed in with a 3-0 run in the third quarter. The final stanza was an even matchup but Wagner slipped by with the one goal victory. Alexis Wieseler had a hat trick, scoring three goals in the contest. 

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).

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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