at 2014 National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Championship
Uytengsu Aquatics Center • Los Angeles
NCAA Program • Interactive Bracket • Tickets
Sunday, May 11 • TBD
No. 12 UC San Diego continues postseason play at the 2014 National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Championship this week in Los Angeles. The Tritons are coming off an NCAA play-in game win over Pomona-Pitzer, 13-9. The victory moved UCSD into the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive year and for the third time in four seasons. The Tritons are slated to face No. 2 UCLA in the opening round match at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on the campus of USC. The opening sprint will take place at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 9. Depending on the outcome, UCSD will move on to play either No. 4 USC or No. 6 UC Irvine on Saturday, May 10. The final day of the championship will take place on Sunday, May 11 with the national champion being crowned following the 5:30 title game.
General admission tickets can be purchased for $65 dollars at the entrance of Utengsu Aquatics Center or online by clicking here. Students, children and seniors can purchase tickets for $35 dollars. The all session tickets allow you to see all three days worth of games. Single-day tickets can be purchased for $25 dollars for adults and $15 dollars for all others. Children under two are admitted free of charge.
All games of the 2014 National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Championship will be streamed live on www.NCAA.com.
The Tritons enter the championship as an automatic qualifier for winning the Western Water Polo Association and was selected as the No. 7 overall seed. UCSD also hosted an NCAA play-in game and defeated Pomona-Pitzer, the No. 10 seed, 13-9 to reach Los Angeles. The other play-in game featured No. 8 seed Indiana (22-5) against No. 9 seed Wagner (25-11). Indiana prevailed and will face top-seeded Stanford (22-1) in the championship bracket. Rounding out the field is No. 3 seed Southern California (24-3) facing No. 6 seed UC Irvine (24-7), and No. 4 seed California (19-8) playing No. 5 seed Arizona State (15-10). Automatic qualifiers were awarded to the Big West Conference (UC Irvine), Collegiate Water Polo Association (Indiana), Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Wagner), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (Stanford), Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Pomona-Pitzer) and the Western Water Polo Association (UC San Diego). The remaining four teams were selected at-large without geographical restrictions. The 2014 championship will be an eight-team, single-elimination tournament (12 games), with a losers’ bracket to determine places three through eight.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
UCSD will be making its third appearance at the National Collegiate Water Polo Championship, previously competing in 2011 and 2013. The Tritons will also be competing at the national championship for the third time in four years. The highest finish was last season, as UCSD took sixth. The Tritons took seventh in 2011. Sarah Lizotte brings the most experience at the national level and has scored 18 goals at the NCAA Championships. She was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Second Team in 2013. The Tritons have seven other players that have scored at the national tournament: Alexis Wieseler (6), Melissa Bartow (5), Julia Kirkland (4), Jolene Guiliana (2), Leah Gonzales (1), Allison Delgado (1) and Emma Sasson (1). Courtney Miller has totaled 30 saves at the NCAA Championship, all in 2013.
LIZOTTE REPEATS AS WWPA PLAYER OF THE YEAR; SEVEN TRITONS HONORED
UCSD’S Sarah Lizotte was tabbed the WWPA Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, while six other Tritons were honored by the league Wednesday. Melissa Bartow and Courtney Miller joined Lizotte on the WWPA First Team. In addition, Jolene Guiliana and Alexis Wieseler were awarded WWPA Second Team honors and Julia Kirkland was a member of the Third Team. Lauren Boyer was the conference’s Newcomer of the Year after earning a place on the All-Freshman Team. The seven Tritons honored by the league marks a program record for head coach Brad Kreutzkamp.
In the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll released April 30, UCSD was slated for 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.
UCSD earned its third WWPA title in four years in convincing fashion Sunday, April 27, downing Cal State East Bay 16-3 at Canyonview Aquatic Center. Jolene Guiliana, named the WWPA Championships Most Valuable Player, led the charge offensively with five scores to pace the Triton offense, while All-Tournament First Team member and WWPA Player of the Year Sarah Lizotte found the back of the cage four times in the win. Courtney Miller, also named to the All-Tournament First Team, blocked 10 shots in goal to limit the Pioneer offense throughout the day. UCSD came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and quickly distanced themselves from CSUEB. The Tritons scored the first seven goals of the game and never looked back.
13th-ANNUAL HARPER CUP
Leah Gonzales scored a pair of goals and dished out an assist as UCSD defeated No. 19 San Diego State, 8-5, in the 13th annual Harper Cup on April 18 at Canyonview Aquatic Center in front of a crowd of 761. The win marked the first ever Harper Cup victory for the Tritons in the 13-year history. Gonzales was named the Harper Cup’s Most Valuable Player for her production on both ends of the pool. She is the second Triton to ever be named the MVP, as Sarah Lizotte earned the honor in 2012. The win also snapped UCSD’s 21-game losing streak against the Aztecs. The Tritons were led by Gonzales’ two scores, as well as two goals apiece from Alexis Wieseler, Julia Kirkland and Jolene Guiliana. Courtney Miller was strong in the cage and contained the Aztec offense all night to finish with 13 saves. The Harper Cup is named for UCSD’s men’s water polo coach Denny Harper, who played at San Diego State and graduated as an undergraduate in 1978. He established the SDSU women’s water polo club team and went on to coach UCSD’s women’s team to five collegiate national championships from 1985-1999.
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.
Sarah Lizotte broke the UCSD all-time career scoring and assists records at the Triton Invitational on Feb. 8-9. The senior has scored 313 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 171. She also currently holds the UCSD single-season record for goals (92), attempts (228) and assists (67).
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 ... UCSD has won ten straight games … The Tritons are outscoring opponents 120-61 in the opening quarter … UCSD is currently shooting .414 as a team … The Tritons have converted 108 six-on-five advantages compared to the opponents 80 … Sarah Lizotte has scored 313 career goals, good for first in school history to break Julie Swail’s record of 245. Lizotte also sits in first with 171 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 271 ejections in her career, which marks the UCSD all-time career record. Bartow is currently the UCSD all-time career leader in penalties drawn (40) as well. She has drawn 11 penalties in 2014, good for fifth on the all-time single season list … Leah Gonzales ranks seventh on UCSD’s all-time career assists list with 106 … Courtney Miller holds the UCSD single-season record of saves (374) and sits in third in career saves with 700. She has 326 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) in 2013 … 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 110-78, with a winning percentage of .575. 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 BRUINS
UCLA, ranked No. 2 nationally, enters with a 25-4 overall record. The Bruins received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship after falling in the MPSF conference tournament championship game to Stanford, 6-5. The appearance at the national tournament marks the 10th straight NCAA berth for UCLA. The Bruins have won seven national titles, the latest in 2009, in NCAA women’s water polo and 12 overall national championships. UCLA holds a 51-8 overall record in tournament play and has amassed a mark of 28-5 in NCAA Championship games.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCLA holds a 23-5 all-time series record against UC San Diego. The last meeting came this season on Feb. 22, a game the Bruins prevailed 8-6 at the UCI Invite. UCSD led 5-3 at halftime, but UCLA responded with five goals in the second half and held the Tritons to a single score to win. Sarah Lizotte led the Tritons with two scores, while Courtney Miller had 13 saves.
UCSD AGAINST THE REST OF THE FIELD
No. 1 Stanford – 4-18
No. 3 Cal – 11-8
No. T-4 USC – 7-10
No. T-4 Arizona State – 4-6
No. 6 UC Irvine – 7-29
No. 8 Indiana – 8-5
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