IRVINE, Calif. - The No. 17 UC San Diego women's water polo team dropped a pair of non-conference games at the UC Irvine Invitational Saturday, opening play with a 12-8 loss to No. 3 UCLA followed by a 13-12 sudden death decision in favor of No. 14 UC Davis.
The Tritons fell to 4-6 overall on the season.
UC San Diego will take on Pacific Sunday at 11:45 a.m. and will wrap up tourney play against No. 15 Cal State Northridge at 4 p.m.
UCLA struck first in the opening quarter. Kirkland answered right back with a lob shot to tie it up. However, UCLA netted three unanswered goals and eventually took a 5-3 lead into the second quarter.
Both teams played tight defense through the second period as each managed just a single goal through the full eight minutes.
The Bruins made a small run in the third quarter, posting a 3-1 advantage to take a 9-5 lead into the final stanza.
The two squads matched each other with three goals apiece in the final quarter.
Wieseler led the Tritons offensively with three goals while Kirkland finished with two.
UCLA's freshman class was solid as five different individuals posted at least one goal. Alexa Tielmann led with three goals.
Courtney Miller made one save for UCSD, while Sammi Hill had six for UCLA.
UCSD 3 - 1 - 1 - 3 = 8
UCLA 5 - 1 - 3 - 3 = 12
UCSD Goals: Rachel Brooks, Alexis Wieseler 3, Julia Kirkland 2, Sarah Lizotte, Jolene Guiliana.
UCLA Goals: Alexa Tielmann 3, Rachel Fattal 2, India Forster 2, Kelly Ronimus, Maddy McLaren, Alys Williams, Emily Donohoe, Erica Beebe
UCSD Saves: Courtney Miller 1
UCLA Saves: Sammi Hill 6
UC Davis held a 5-3 lead after the first quarter of play and led 8-6 after the first half.
UCSD came back in the third quarter, netting a pair of unanswered goals to even the score at eight apiece.
Melissa Bartow gave the Tritons a brief 9-8 lead early in the final eight minutes of regulation. The Aggies regained the lead with back-to-back goals and had a chance to take the game. However, a Lizotte wrist shot with three minutes remaining tied it at 11-11 and forced overtime.
Miller came up with two early saves to open overtime. Allison Delgado scored her second goal of the game to give UCSD the go-ahead score in the first overtime period. UC Davis came back in the second as Hannah Curran scored her sixth of the game to tie the match at 12-12. UCSD had a 6-on-5 opportunity, but was blocked by goalie Carmen Eggert.
The Aggies tallied the game-winner just 14 seconds into the sudden victory period.
UCSD 3 - 3 - 2 - 3 - 1 - 0 - 0 = 12
UCD 5 - 3 - 0 - 3 - 0 - 1 - 1 = 13
UCSD Saves: Courtney Miller 6
UCD Saves: Wilding 6
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