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Senior Shelby Stender and the Tritons began the season over the weekend at the UCSB Winter Invite.

No. 15 Tritons Conclude Play at UCSB Winter Invite

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. —The No. 15 University of California San Diego women’s water polo team began the 2019 season this weekend at the UCSB Winter Invite.

The Tritons earned a victory over Azusa Pacific on Saturday, but dropped three contests to ranked opponents, including a loss to No. 1-ranked and defending national champion USC on Sunday morning.

UC San Diego (1-3) resumes action with its home opener on Sunday, Feb. 3, against future Big West Conference foe Hawai’i beginning at 2 p.m.

No. 13 Indiana 8, No. 15 UC San Diego 7

The Tritons fell in a close game in their season opener to No. 13 Indiana on Saturday afternoon. 

Sophomores Taylor Onstott and Ciara Franke scored two goals apiece, as Franke’s second goal of the game tied the score, 6-6, heading into the fourth period. 

The Tritons fell behind by two midway through the fourth, before a goal by senior Shelby Stender made it 8-7 with 3:18 left to play.

No. 15 UC San Diego 13, APU 5

Stender recorded a hat trick with three goals, while Franke and sophomore Robyn Carter finished with two goals apiece to lift the Tritons to their first win of the 2019 season on Saturday evening.

UC San Diego held a slim lead at halftime, 6-5, before outscoring Azusa Pacific 7-0 in the second half.

No. 1 USC 13, No. 15 UC San Diego 4

Onstott scored twice, while Frankie and freshman Georgia Ransone scored one goal apiece in a loss to No. 1 USC on Sunday morning. The Tritons fell behind by five in the first quarter and trailed 9-1 at halftime.

No. 14 Wagner 11, No. 15 UC San Diego 8

The Tritons lost a close contest to rival Wagner to finish the weekend’s action on Sunday afternoon. 

The game was tied 3-3 early after a Pevehouse goal with 2:13 to go in the first quarter, but UC San Diego fell behind at halftime, 8-4. Consecutive goals from junior Jessee Ransone and Stender cut the deficit to 10-7, but it was as close as the Tritons would get.

Indiana 8, UCSD 7
UCSD 2 2 2 1 — 7
Indiana 3 2 1 2 — 8
Goals: Pevehouse, Onstott 2, Franke 2, J. Ransone, Stender.

UCSD 13, APU 5
UCSD 2 4 4 3 — 13
APU 2 3 0 0 — 5
Goals: J. Ransone, Stender 3, Carter 2, Franke 2, Boland, Pevehouse, Onstott, G. Ransone, Schilling.

USC 13, UCSD 4
UCSD 1 0 2 1 — 4
USC 6 3 3 1 — 13
Goals: Onstott 2, Franke, G. Ransone.

Wagner 11, UCSD 8
UCSD 3 1 3 1 — 8
Wagner 6 2 2 1 — 11
Goals: Schilling, Franke 2, Pevehouse, Onstott, Stender, Ransone, Carter.

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