vs. Cal State San Bernardino (3-19, 0-6 WWPA)
Friday, Apr. 11 • 6 p.m.
Canyonview Aquatic Center • La Jolla
UC San Diego continues Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) play this weekend against Cal State San Bernardino. The Tritons, currently ranked No. 12, stand at 22-10 overall and sits in first place in conference with a 3-0 record. UCSD has already clinched the top spot at the WWPA Championships scheduled in La Jolla on Apr. 25-27.
General admission tickets can be purchased for $5.00 dollars at the entrance of Canyonview Aquatic Center. Admission to all home games is free to UCSD students who present a valid school ID.
Don’t miss your chance to grab your team poster of the UCSD women’s water polo squad this Friday at the entrance gate. The free poster is sponsored by UCSD Dining Services and Pepsi, and will be available at all remaining home water polo matches.
In the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll released Ap. 9, UCSD was slated No. 12 in the nation. The Tritons have reached as high as No. 6 this season, which marks the highest ranking since head coach Brad Kreutzkamp took over the program in 2010.
1. UC San Diego: 3-0, 22-10
T-2. Cal State East Bay: 3-2, 12-13
T-2. Sonoma State: 3-2, 7-18
4. Cal State Monterey Bay: 2-2, 9-14
5. Cal State San Bernardino: 0-5, 3-19
UCSD finished 4-0 last weekend on the road, including three wins over WWPA foes Sonoma State (15-6), Cal State Monterey Bay (15-6) and Cal State East Bay (10-3). The final victory came against non-conference opponent Pacific (13-11). On day one in Rohnert Park against SSU and CSUMB, Jolene Guiliana recorded a pair of hat tricks to total six goals in the two wins. Sarah Lizotte also poured in five scores, while Julia Kirkland added four tallies. In the final two wins of the weekend against CSUEB and UOP, Lizotte scored eight goals and dished out five assists and Guiliana totaled seven scores.
LIZOTTE EARNS FOURTH CAREER WWPA HONOR
Sarah Lizotte was named the WWPA Player of the Week for the week of Mar. 31-Apr. 6. The senior powered UCSD to a 4-0 weekend that included three wins over WWPA foes Sonoma State, Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay. The final victory came against non-conference opponent Pacific. Lizotte totaled 13 goals and eight assists in the four wins. The Riverside native led off the weekend with a two-goal performance against Sonoma State before recording a hat trick, along with three assists, against CSUMB. She followed with four goals and an assist against CSUEB. In the final win against Pacific, Lizotte totaled four goals and dished out four assists in the 13-11 win.
GUILIANA GARNERS CONFERENCE AWARD
Jolene Guiliana was named the WWPA Player of the Week for the week of Mar. 13. The Irvine native totaled nine goals and five assists in four games for UCSD. In a 16-1 win over Occidental, Guiliana totaled a hat trick of goals to go along with three dimes. She followed with a career-high five goals and an assist in a win against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 18-9. The following day, the junior scored a pair of goals and dished out a helper in an 11-6 victory over Pomona-Pitzer. It marked the first such honor of her career.
COURTNEY IN THE CAGE
Courtney Miller was named the Kap7/Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 24. The sophomore from Honolulu, HI led No. 11 UCSD to an upset of No. 6 Hawaii at the UCI Invitational. Miller finished with 63 saves at the four game Invitational and recorded double-digit blocks in each game. Miller recorded a career-high 20 saves in the 10-9 sudden death victory over Hawaii in the opener. She followed with a 13-save performance against No. 3 UCLA in an 8-6 loss. Miller finished out the Invitational with 13 blocks against No. 7 Arizona State and 17 saves against No. 10 CSU Northridge.
LIZOTTE NAMED FEBRUARY STAR OF THE MONTH
Sarah Lizotte was named a San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for February. Lizotte totaled 27 goals in February with nine multi-goal efforts, as the Triton women’s water polo team picked up seven wins, including five over top-20 squads. During the Triton Invitational on Feb. 8-9, the product of Riverside (Riverside Poly HS) broke UCSD's career scoring and assists records in front of the home crowd at Canyonview Aquatic Center as well. The San Diego Hall of Champions honors outstanding athletes from San Diego, as well as athletes who have achieved stardom for local teams.
Sarah Lizotte broke the UCSD all-time career scoring and assists records at the Triton Invitational on Feb. 8-9. The senior has scored 298 career goals to pass Triton Hall of Fame member, Olympian and former captain of the U.S. National Water Polo team Julie Swail's record of 245. Lizotte also passed Jamie Dailey's mark of 125 assists to put her total at 166. She also currently holds the UCSD single-season record for goals (92), attempts (228) and assists (67). Check out the U-T San Diego’s piece on her accomplishments by clicking here.
WWPA PRESEASON POLL
UCSD has been slated to finish first in the 2014 Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) standings according to the league’s annual preseason coaches’ poll. The defending WWPA champion Tritons were a unanimous pick to reclaim the title in 2014 after garnering the maximum 16 points, including four first-place votes. Sonoma State was picked second and earned 12 points, while Cal State East Bay followed with 11 points in third. The Pioneers also received the final first-place vote. Rounding out the standings, Cal State Monterey Bay (6) was fourth and Cal State San Bernardino (5) was picked fifth.
PLENTY OF TALENT RETURNING
The Tritons return many key players for the 2014 campaign, highlighted by Sarah Lizotte. The senior from Riverside was named the 2013 NCAA Division II Player of the Year by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPAC), Division II All-American First Team, Division I All-American Honorable Mention, WWPA Player of the Year and All-WWPA First Team after scoring 92 goals and dishing out 67 assists, both single-season UCSD records. The Tritons also return sophomore Courtney Miller in the cage, who was named All-American First Team and All-WWPA First Team after setting the school single-season record for saves at 317. UCSD also returns senior Melissa Bartow (All-American First Team, All-WWPA First Team), sophomore Alexis Wieseler (All-American Second Team, All-WWPA Honorable Mention), senior Leah Gonzales, junior Jolene Guiliana and sophomore Julia Kirkland.
The Tritons have reached as high as No. 6 in the national rankings in 2014 ... The Tritons are outscoring opponents 99-56 in the opening quarter … UCSD is currently shooting .418 as a team … The Tritons have converted 92 six-on-five advantages compared to the opponents 75 … Sarah Lizotte has scored 298 career goals, good for first in school history to break Julie Swail’s record of 245. Lizotte also sits in first with 166 assists to pass Jamie Dailey’s mark of 125. She also currently holds the UCSD single-season record for goals (92), attempts (228) and assists (67) … Melissa Bartow has drawn 268 ejections in her career, which marks the UCSD all-time career record. Bartow is currently the UCSD all-time career leader in penalties drawn (39) as well. She has drawn 10 penalties in 2014, good for fifth on the all-time single season list … Courtney Miller holds the UCSD single-season record of saves (374) and sits in fourth in career saves with 664. She has 290 blocks on the year, which puts her in third on the all-time single season list. She recorded a career-high 20 saves against Hawaii (2/22) … Jolene Guiliana also shares the UCSD single-season assists record (67) with Lizotte, and sits in sixth (65) on the single-season steals list … Alexis Wieseler sits in seventh on the UCSD single-season goals list (72) … The Tritons sport 21 California natives on their roster, with Courtney Miller (Honolulu, HI), Lauren Boyer (Honolulu, HI) and Nicole Gerwin (British Columbia, Canada) the three players from out of state.
HEAD COACH BRAD KREUTZKAMP
UCSD head coach Brad Kreutzkamp is in his fifth season leading the Tritons. He has compiled a career record of 105-78, with a winning percentage of .573. In his four seasons at the helm, Kreutzkamp has led UCSD to a pair of Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships and two appearances at the NCAA Championship. In his fourth season, Kreutzkamp led UCSD to an NCAA Championship berth after knocking off Loyola Marymount, 10-8, in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) title game. The 12th-ranked Tritons finished a program-best sixth place at NCAA Championship and closed the season with a 26-15 overall mark, recording the most wins since the 1994 national championship squad went 28-2. He was honored as the Division II Coach of the Year by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) and was also named WWPA Coach of the Year. In 2012, Kreutzkamp led the Tritons to their most wins since 2003 in his third season at the helm. UCSD finished 21-14 overall and narrowly missed their second straight trip to the NCAA Championship. He guided the Tritons to an 18-20 overall record in 2011, leading the Tritons to their first WWPA title since 2000 and the school’s first appearance at the NCAA Championship in program history. Kreutzkamp came to UCSD as an assistant coach with the women’s team in 1999 before joining longtime head coach Denny Harper on the men’s staff the following season. Prior to his arrival on the La Jolla campus, Kreutzkamp was the head coach of both the boys and girls varsity programs at Grossmont High School from 1996-99.
ABOUT THE COYOTES
Cal State San Bernardino enters with a 3-19 overall record and a mark of 0-5 in conference play. The Coyotes recently ended their six-game losing streak with a win over Redlands, 9-5, on Apr. 5. This season marks the final year of the program for CSUSB, as the school is set to add women's track and field in 2015. The head coach of the Coyotes, in her fourth season, is Sarah Reneker.
UCSD holds a perfect 19-0 all-time series record against CSUSB. The last meeting came in 2013, a game won by the Tritons 15-4.
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The Tritons face San Diego State in the 13th annual Harper Cup at Canyonview Aquatic Center next Friday, Apr. 18 at 6 p.m. SDSU holds a perfect 12-0 record in the Harper Cup matches.