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UCI Invitational on Tap for No. 13 UCSD
Release: Tuesday 02/21/2014 
by UCSD

THE SCHEDULE
Match 13
vs. No. 6 Hawaii (5-2)
Saturday, Feb. 22 • 1 p.m.
UCI Invite • Irvine
Anteater Aquatics Complex
Tournament HomepageLive BlogDigital Program

Matches 14-16
TBD
Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 22-23
UCI Invite • Irvine
Corona del Mar HS • Anteater Aquatics Complex
Tournament HomepageLive BlogDigital Program

INVITATIONAL FIELD
The UCI Invite will feature nine of the top-10 ranked school in the nation, with 14 of the 16 teams being ranked overall. The 2013 Invitational was won by USC, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation. No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Cal and host No. 5 UC Irvine highlight the field as well. The other remaining top-10 teams include No. 6 Hawaii, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 8 Loyola Marymount and No. 10 CSU Northridge. The Tritons will open with No. 6 Hawaii at Anteater Aquatics Complex at 1 p.m. UCSD will then face either UCLA or San Diego State at 4:45 p.m. or 6:00 p.m., depending on the outcome, at Corona del Mar High School. Follow the tournament, including the schedule, results, download the program and interact with a live blog by clicking here for the tournament homepage!

BACK EAST AT THE BISON INVITE
After experiencing some travel issues due to some severe weather, the Tritons finally made it to Lewisburg, PA with a 10 hour bus ride after being stuck in Chicago overnight. Check out the team below from heach coach Brad Kreutzkamp's twitter feed:

 

 

After making it to host Bucknell, the Tritons finally were able to jump in the water and play some polo. UCSD went 3-1 on the weekend and picked up two more top-20 wins to add to its resume. The Tritons opened the Bison Invitational with a 13-7 win over No. 20 Michigan and fell in game two, 9-8, to No. 8 Princeton Saturday at Kinney Natatorium. UCSD received seven goals from Sarah Lizotte and 13 saves from Courtney Miller on the day. On Sunday, UCSD finished the Invite with consecutive victories over George Washington, 14-7, and No. 20 Wagner, 10-9. Jolene Guiliana recorded a hat trick in game one before Courtney Miller blocked 15 shots in the second game to power the Tritons to the day sweep. After a long, tiring weekend of travel and polo, the Tritons earned themselves some fun and took to the snow before heading home!

 

 

TRITON INVITATIONAL RECAP
UCSD hosted the 2014 Triton Invitational last weekend and finished 2-2 to place seventh. UCSD beat Marist in the opening game, 16-9, before falling to No. 11 Loyola Marymount, 7-6, in the nightcap at Canyonview Aquatic Center on day one. UCSD received a hat-trick from Lizotte and Melissa Bartow each to power the Tritons in the win over Marist in game one. In game two, LMU mounted a comeback in the final seconds to force overtime and escape with a win despite a pair of scores from Lizotte and Alexis Wieseler. Lizotte led the Tritons on the day with five total scores, while Courtney Miller stopped 16 shots in the cage. On Sunday, the Tritons split a pair of games and fell to No. 12 Long Beach State, 9-7, before beating No. 20 Santa Clara, 11-7. Lizotte tallied seven scores on the day, while Bartow pored in four goals. Miller ended the day with 15 saves on the day.

WINTER WONDERLAND
UCSD began the year at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invite and returned to La Jolla with a perfect 4-0 record. On Saturday, UCSD opened the 2014 season with a pair of wins. The Tritons beat Concordia in game one, 21-2, before upsetting No. 5 Arizona State, 12-11, in the final game of the day. Lizotte and Wieseler led the Tritons on the day with seven goals apiece between the pair of victories. The following day, UCSD defeated No. 17 UC Santa Barbara, 11-7, and CSU Bakersfield, 14-8, to complete a weekend sweep at the UCSB Winter Invite. Wieseler and Leah Gonzales led the Tritons with four goals apiece on the day, while Miller recorded 14 saves in the cage.

NATIONAL RANKINGS
In the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll released Feb. 19, UCSD was slated No. 13 in the nation. The Tritons have reached as high as No. 6 this season, which marks the highest mark since head coach Brad Kreutzkamp took over the program in 2010.

LIZOTTE’S LEGACY
Sarah Lizotte broke the UCSD all-time career scoring and assists records at the Triton Invitational on Feb. 8-9. The senior has scored 251 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 127. 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.

WHO’S BACK?
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.

TRITON NOTES
UCSD is currently 7-1 when playing at a neutral site ... Sarah Lizotte has scored 260 career goals, good for first in school history to break Julie Swail’s record of 245. Lizotte also sits in first with 134 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 238 ejections in her career, which marks the UCSD all-time career record. Bartow is currently the UCSD all-time career leader in penalties drawn (29) as well … Courtney Miller holds the UCSD single-season record of saves (374) and sits in eighth in career saves … Jolene Guillana also shares the UCSD single-season assists record (67) with Lizotte, and sits in sixth (65) on the single-season steals list … Alexis Wiesseler 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 83-68, with a winning percentage of .543. 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 RAINBOW WAHINE
Hawaii, ranked No. 6 in the CWPA poll, currently sits at 5-2 overall in 2014. Hawaii opened the year with wins over Santa Clara (13-8) and Cal State East Bay (20-2). The Rainbow Wahine then traveled to the Stanford Invitational, where they finished 2-2. Hawaii opened the Invite with losses to UC Irvine (9-4) and Stanford (16-5) before earning a split at the tournament with wins over UC Davis (9-8) and San Jose State (12-11). Most recently on Thursday, Feb. 20, the Rainbow Wahine defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 18-6 in Claremont. Hawaii is led by sophomore attacker Paula Chillida Esforzado, who leads the team in scoring offensively with 13 goals. In the cage, Hawaii is powered by senior Amy Carlson. She is currently averaging seven saves per game. Head coach Maureen Cole is currently in her third season.

SERIES HISTORY
Hawaii holds a commanding 17-2 advantage over UCSD in the all-time series. The two teams met last season in Honolulu, HI as the Tritons fell 9-6 at the Hawaii Spring Break Tourney. Bartow led UCSD with a pair of goals, while Miller made four saves in the cage. Hawaii was powered by Carlson’s 11 saves in the win.

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UP NEXT
UCSD will play a two-game nonconference set next week against No. 12 Long Beach State and No. 5 UC Irvine. The Tritons will face LBSU in Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. before facing the Anteaters on Saturday, Mar. 1, in Irvine at 12 p.m.

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