Tide Is Rising: Tritons Hang Tough In NCAA Quarterfinal Loss to USC, 14-8
STANFORD, Calif. — Apparently it’s true that all good things must come to an end.
The No. 14 University of California San Diego women’s water polo team’s season came to a close on Friday afternoon at Avery Aquatic Center, as it fell short against No. 1-ranked USC in the National Collegiate Water Polo Championship Quarterfinal, 14-8.
Sophomore Grace Pevehouse matched a career high with five goals, including three in the first half as the Tritons trailed by just two at halftime, 6-4. Fellow sophomore Taylor Onstott added two assists, while sophomore Sydney Boland had a goal, an assist and two steals.
The final outcome brings the Tritons’ hot streak to a halt, as they entered Friday winners six-straight games and 12 of their last 13 after Tuesday’s opening round win over Wagner.
UC San Diego (22-14) was playing in its third national quarterfinal over the past seven seasons, last reaching this point in 2016. Friday marked the program’s final game as a member of the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) before becoming a member of the Big West Conference in 2020.
The Tritons got on the scoreboard first on a Pevehouse goal off Krista Schneider’s assist, and rallied in the second period behind Taylor Onstott’s beautiful pass inside to Chanel Schilling to cut the deficit to 4-2.
Pevehouse’s five-meter penalty goal made it a one-goal game, 4-3, midway through the second quarter, as the Tritons had momentum on their side.
A rocket shot from the Tustin, Calif., native gave her a first-half hat trick, as USC (27-1) led 5-4 with 1:05 left before intermission.
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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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