No. 20 UC San Diego Tops No. 16 Long Beach State, Sweeps Final Day of Triton Invite
LA JOLLA, Calif. — The No. 20 University of California San Diego women's water polo team finished off the 2019 Triton Invitational in style on Sunday, sweeping two contests at Canyonview Aquatic Center en route to taking ninth place out of 16 teams.
UC San Diego (4-5) earned a key victory over future Big West foe No. 16 Long Beach State, 9-6, on Sunday evening, after knocking off No. T-25 Marist earlier in the afternoon, 12-7. The Tritons closed the tournament on a three-game winning streak and won three games in the prestigious two-day event for the first time since 2006.
Heading into Friday's home game against Loyola Marymount, UC San Diego has won 11 of its last 13 contests at Canyonview Aquatic Center.
UC San Diego 9, Long Beach State 6
Sophomore Grace Pevehouse recorded a hat trick with three goals — all in the first half — while sophomore goalkeeper Bennett Bugelli matched a career-high with 13 saves to lift the Tritons past No. 16 Long Beach State, 9-6.
Pevehouse also had an assist and a steal, sophomore Sydney Boland finished with two goals, sophomore Taylor Onstott tallied a goal, two assists and three steals, and senior Halley Atkinson added two assists.
UC San Diego led by one at the end of the first quarter and held a 6-3 advantage at halftime.
Long Beach State (2-6) cut the deficit to 7-6 with 7:11 remaining in the game, but senior Chanel Schilling's goal off an assist from sophomore Robyn Carter pushed the Tritons' lead back to two with 5:43 left to play. A goal by Boland on a pass from Onstott gave UC San Diego a 9-6 edge with 2:59 left.
UC San Diego 12, Marist 7
Onstott posted a hat trick of her own in the first game of the day, finishing with three goals, an assist and two steals in a 12-7 win against No. T-25 Marist (5-5).
The Tritons led 4-2 at halftime and extended their advantage to 9-5 on sophomore Tera Richardson's power-play goal with 30 second left in the third period.
UC San Diego plays host to Loyola Marymount on Friday, Feb. 15, beginning at 7 p.m.
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