SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Melissa Bartow
and Felicia Orozco
scored in overtime as the No. 20 UC San Diego women's water polo team came from behind to overtake Santa Clara, 9-8, in sudden death on Saturday afternoon in Western Water Polo Association play at The Bronco in Sullivan Aquatic Center. UCSD fell in its first match of the day, 12-5, to No. 7 San Jose State.
Santa Clara would take a 3-2 lead into halftime, thanks to a pair of scores from Taylor Harkins. UCSD responded in the third period with consecutive goals to take its first lead of the day, but SCU evened the score, 4-4, heading into the final frame.
The teams exchanged three goals apiece in the fourth quarter and the Tritons found themselves down by a goal with less than a minute remaining. However, Lizotte would connect with 44 seconds left to force the match into overtime. The Broncos took a quick lead in the overtime period, but Bartow responded with 43 seconds remaining to force the game into sudden death.
Orozco, who will be playing in her last home match against Michigan at Canyonview Pool on April 16, was the first player to rip the back of the net in sudden death, providing UCSD with its second win over SCU this season.
UCSD moves to 12-16 overall and 7-1 against fellow WWPA squads.
Lizotte scored three times in the first game of the day against SJSU, but the Spartans rallied for five goals in the second quarter, pushing their lead to 7-2 at halftime. Bartow and Kim McComas
added goals for UCSD, but the halftime deficit proved to be too much, as the Tritons dropped to 0-15 on the year against ranked teams.
Lizotte registered a day to remember, as the freshman scored six goals and dished-out three assists. Hanalei Crowell
tallied nine steals over both contests while Kirsten Bates
added four assists.
UCSD returns to The Bronco at Sullivan Aquatic Center tomorrow to face Colorado State and Cal State San Bernardino at 8:00 a.m. and 2:40 p.m., respectively.