No. 14 Tritons Earn Split at Michigan's Wolverine Invite
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The No. 14 University of California San Diego women’s water polo team split four games at this weekend’s Wolverine Invite, hosted by the University of Michigan.
UC San Diego (7-11) earned victories over No. 21 Marist, 9-8, as well as Saint Francis (Pa.), 14-6. The wins were sandwiched between a road loss to No. 7 Michigan, 10-5, and a narrow defeat to No. 6 Pacific, 9-8.
Sophomore Grace Pevehouse continued her hot stretch this season, leading the Tritons over the weekend with nine goals. Senior Shelby Stender tallied seven goals over the weekend, while sophomore Taylor Onstott recorded five goals and junior goalkeeper Reilly Gallagher posted 28 saves.
The Tritons have played one of the most challenging schedules in the country this season, as 15 of their 18 contests have come against teams ranked in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 25.
In addition, seven of those games have been against teams ranked in the top 10.
UC San Diego returns to action on Friday, March 8, as the Tritons begin Western Water Pllo Association (WWPA) play against Fresno Pacific at Canyonview Aquatic Center beginning at 6 p.m.
No. 7 Michigan 10, No. 14 UCSD 5
The Tritons came out strong, but lost their momentum in the second half of a 10-5 loss to host No. 7 Michigan to begin the Wolverine Invite.
Five players scored one goal apiece for the Tritons, while Gallagher recorded 11 saves in the net.
UC San Diego trailed by just one at halftime, 4-3. However, Michigan scored three goals in both the third and fourth quarters to win by five.
No. 14 UCSD 9, No. 21 Marist 8
The Tritons rallied from a first-half deficit to win a thrilling contest against No. 21 Marist on sophomore Ciara Franke’s goal with nine second remaining.
Pevehouse scored a career-high five goals with an assist, while Onstott tallied two goals, an assist and two steals. In addition, Gallagher recorded seven saves and a steal in the net.
UC San Diego trailed 6-5 at halftime, but bounced back to knot the score heading into the fourth, 7-7. Pevehouse put the Tritons ahead by one with a goal early in the fourth, and Franke’s late score made it 9-8.
No. 14 UCSD 14, Saint Francis 6
The Tritons jumped out to an early lead and led 6-1 at halftime en route to their second-consecutive win of the weekend.
No. 6 Pacific 9, No. 14 UCSD 8
The Tritons rallied from an early 3-0 deficit in the first quarter, but had its come-back attempt fall just short.
Gallagher recorded eight saves and a steal in the final of four games over the weekend, while both Onstott and Pevehouse had hat tricks with three goals apiece.
UC San Diego pulled within one at halftime, 5-4, on Onstott’s power-play goal with 43 seconds left in the second quarter, and tied it up at 5-5 with Stender’s goal just 30 seconds into the second half.
After Pacific regained a two-point lead, a score by Pevehouse to close the third quarter followed by Onstott’s goal to open the fourth knotted it up, 7-7. Another Pevehouse goal made it 8-8 with 2:50 left, but Pacific quickly responded 19 seconds later with a score by Fitzgerald that was the difference.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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