That's Four! No. 14 Tritons Defeat No. 17 San Diego State for Fourth-Straight Harper Cup Win
SAN DIEGO — The Harper Cup is returning to La Jolla.
Sophomore goalkeeper Bennett Bugelli recorded a career-high 14 saves to lift the No. 14 University of California San Diego women’s water polo team to a road victory over No. 17 San Diego State, 9-5, Saturday afternoon at Aztec Aquaplex.
It’s the fourth-consecutive season UC San Diego (18-13, 4-0 WWPA) has won the annual rivalry, as the Tritons conclude the regular season with eight wins in their last nine contests overall heading into next weekend's Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championship.
The Tritons took control of the game in the first half behind timely scoring and spectacular play in the net by Bugelli. Pevehouse got the Tritons on the scoreboard first with a shot past SDSU senior goalkeeper Maura Cantoni to make it 1-0 midway through the first quarter.
Consecutive goals by Boland and Franke to begin the second period pushed UC San Diego’s lead to 3-0, forcing a San Diego State timeout with 6:08 left before halftime. Richardson’s shot into the net off a Cantoni deflection made it 4-0 with 4:13 left in the second quarter.
A five-meter penalty goal by Pevehouse gave the Tritons a commanding 5-goal lead lead with 3:35 remaining in the first half, and Onstotted followed with a high-arching shot giving UC San Diego a 6-0 lead at intermission.
UC San Diego now awaits its next opponent in the WWPA tournament April 26-28 at The SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
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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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