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Hanalei Crowell will be one of three seniors to be honored prior to Saturday's match at noon against No. 6 Michigan.
No. 20 UCSD Welcomes No. 6 Michigan to Canyonview Saturday for Senior Celebration
Release: Thursday 04/14/2011 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - The No. 20 UC San Diego women's water polo team will host its last home game of the 2011 season against No. 6 Michigan on Saturday at noon in Canyonview Aquatic Center.

THE SCHEDULE                
Game No. 31
No. 20 UC San Diego (14-16) vs. No. 6 Michigan (27-4)
Saturday, April 16 - 12:00 p.m.
Canyonview West Pool - La Jolla, Calif.

UCSD will return home on Saturday, April 16, for its final home contest of the season against No. 6 Michigan at 12:00 p.m. Prior to the match, UCSD seniors Hanalei Crowell, Felicia Orozco and Stephanie Sasaki will be honored for their years of service to the water polo program. Be sure to arrive early and catch the Tritons' final home match before they head off to the WWPA Championships April 29-30 at Cal State East Bay. Admission to any Triton home match is $5 for adults and children. As always, admission is free for UCSD students with valid student I.D. For more ticket information, log on to

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Sarah Lizotte scored a hat trick in each match last weekend at The Bronco, earning Western Water Polo Association Player of the Week honors. In four matches, she scored 12 goals and added eight assists, six steals and five ejections. She poured-in three goals and dished-out three assists in a sudden-death win over Santa Clara, scoring with 44 seconds left to force the match into overtime. In only 10 matches this season, Lizotte has scored 22 goals, dished-out 15 assists and picked 13 steals. She has led or shared the lead in scoring for the Tritons in each of the squad's last six matches. Lizotte became UCSD's second WWPA Player of the Week in the last three weeks. Allie Taylor was awarded the honor on Mar. 30.

After opening The Bronco with a 12-5 loss to No. 7 San Jose State, UCSD recovered with three consecutive victories over WWPA opponents to improve its conference record to 9-1 and tighten its stranglehold on the WWPA's No. 2 seed. Down by a goal at halftime in their Saturday afternoon match with host Santa Clara, Lizotte scored her third goal with 44 seconds left in regulation to force the match into overtime. The Broncos took a quick lead in the overtime period, but Melissa Bartow responded with 43 seconds remaining to force the game into sudden death.

Felicia Orozco, who will be playing in her last home match this Saturday, was the first player to rip the back of the net in sudden death, providing UCSD with its second win over SCU this season. Hanalei Crowell also added five steals in the win.

UCSD would crawl back from another halftime deficit against Colorado State in Sunday's opening match, once again using a hat-trick from Lizotte and six assists from Crowell. The Tritons would outscore the Rams, 8-2, in the second half, finally taking a 10-6 victory. Crowell and Lizotte would both score three goals in Sunday's second match against Cal State San Bernardino, adding four assists and two assists in the process, respectively. Natalie Peng tallied two goals and three steals in the Tritons' 11-6 win over the Coyotes. UCSD improves to 16-0 all-time against CSUSB.

UCSD will own the WWPA's second seed when it heads of for the WWPA Championships on Apr. 30-May 2 in Hayward by virtue of its 9-1 conference record. UCSD trails LMU (11-0) but sits ahead of third-place Cal State East Bay (9-3) and fourth-place Santa Clara (8-4). The Tritons are 4-0 against the Pioneers and the Broncos this year, winning by a combined nine goals over the four matches. UCSD is looking to improve on last year's WWPA Championships, where the squad fell to defending champion LMU, 13-10, in the championship match. It marked UCSD's best finish in a WWPA tournament since 2004, when the Tritons also fell to the Lions, 7-3. UCSD fell to LMU in the only match between the two teams in 2011, 13-7, on February 18 at Canyonview Pool. If the tournament goes as planned, UCSD will meet CSUEB in the tournament semifinals while Santa Clara would face LMU in their respective semifinal.

It appears that there's not much these weasels can't do. No. 6 Michigan has won its last 17 contests dating back to February 13. Interestingly enough, those losses came in Canyonview West Pool during the second day of the Triton Invitational to LMU and San Diego State. So, Michigan is 0-2 in its last two contests at Canyonview. UCSD opened its season against Michigan on January 29 in the first game of the UCSB Winter Invite in Santa Barbara. Hanalei Crowell scored three goals while adding two assists and three steals, but the Tritons fell 11-8 to drop to 8-10 all-time against the Wolverines. Big Blue most recently went 4-0 at the Bison Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa. while outscoring its opponents, 45-27.

Hanalei Crowell's 48 assists and 53 steals this season are the sixth-best and tenth-best totals, respectively, in a single-season for any UCSD player...  Crowell is tied for third all-time in school history with 112 career assists...The Tritons put their second three-match winning streak together in the past 20 days by winning their final three matches of The Bronco on Apr. 9-10; their previous three-match win-streak was  Mar. 26-Apr. 3... UCSD has three players in its single-season top-10 for ejections drawn- Kirsten Bates (8, tied-7th), Melissa Bartow (8, tied-7th) and Natalie Peng (6, tied-10th)... UCSD has won six of its last eight games and is 5-2 in April.

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