LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego women's water polo team will play its final game of the season Friday at San Diego State in the annual Harper Cup.
Game No. 32
UC San Diego (14-17) vs. No. 9 San Diego State (19-12)
Friday, April 22 - 3:00 p.m.
Aztec Aquaplex - San Diego, Calif.
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WOLVERINES TOO PESKY FOR TRITONS IN HOME FINALE
UCSD took an early lead against No.6 Michigan at home on Saturday on Sarah Lizotte's goal just 1:20 in, but three consecutive goals from the Wolverines would force the Tritons to play from behind most of the afternoon. Melissa Bartow and Kirsten Bates scored consecutive goals to bring the score to 3-3 heading into the second quarter. UCSD added another goal with a man-advantage, but Michigan would out-score the host 3-1 in the second to take a 6-4 lead into halftime. Orozco opened the scoring in the second half with UCSD's third 6-on-5 score, but Lauren Orth matched her to keep a two-goal lead heading into the final stanza. Down by four, consecutive goals within 35 seconds by Bates and Lizotte brought the Tritons to back with two with just over five minutes remaining. However, Cara Reitz scored back-to-back goals to put the game out of reach, 11-7. The loss marked the second time UCSD had fell to Michigan in 2011. The Wolverines defeated the Tritons, 11-8, in UCSD's first match of the season at the UCSB Winter Invite. UCSD set a new team-high in 2011 with 15 ejections drawn.
MAKE IT TWO!
UCSD will own the WWPA's second seed when it heads of for the WWPA Championships Apr. 29-May 1, hosted by Cal State East Bay at Chabot Community College, it was announced Tuesday morning. The Tritons went 9-1 against WWPA opponents this season, trailing only No. 8 Loyola Marymount, who was 11-0 and earned the No. 1 seed. Santa Clara earned the third seed while Colorado State was named the fourth seed. The rest of the 2011 seedings are No. 5 CSUEB, No. 6 Sonoma State, No. 7 Cal State Bakersfield, No. 8 Cal State Monterey Bay and No. 9 Cal State San Bernardino. UCSD will open WWPA Championships play on Friday at 1:30 p.m. against Cal State Bakersfield. UCSD defeated CSUB twice this year, 13-10 and 14-11 on February 27 and March 11, respectively. The UCSD-CSUB winner will face the winner of Santa Clara-Sonoma State at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. This is the second consecutive year the Tritons have earned the No. 2 seed for the WWPA Championships. In 2010, UCSD rode the two-seed for wins over Sonoma State and Colorado State before falling to LMU, 13-10, in the title match.
UCSD plays its final regular season game Friday afternoon at No. 9 San Diego State (19-12) in the annual Harper Cup. The rivalry, recognizing the influence of current UCSD Men's Coach Denny Harper on the development of both programs, has been decidedly one-sided with the Aztecs winning each of the 10 previous encounters. In the only match between the squads this season on March 25 in Hawaii, Melissa Bartow and Felicia Orozco scored a pair of goals and Kirsten Bates and Hanalei Crowell dished-out three assists, respectively, but the Tritons fell short, 10-6. UCSD was 4-for-12 in 6-on-5 situations, while SDSU converted two of its three situations with a man-advantage. The Aztecs are coming off consecutive losses to No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 Cal and have not won a match since taking three matches in a row from Arizona State, Fresno Pacific and Brown, Apr. 1-2. Leanne Ford and Meaghan Poland lead SDSU with 52 and 43 goals, respectively. SDSU went 3-1 at February 12-13's Triton Invitational, defeating Michigan 14-12 in the third-place match at Canyonview West.
With five steals in Saturday's match with Michigan, Hanalei Crowell moved within two steals of entering UCSD's all-time top-ten in terms of career thefts. Crowell has logged 143 steals for her career, including four or more steals in six contests so far this year. She has tallied 14 steals over her past four matches, throwing-in nine assists to boot. Her 58 steals in 2011 are tied for 10th-most in a single season in Triton history while her 49 assists are sixth-best. Combined with her 15 field blocks in 2011, Crowell has accounted for at least 73 changes in possession during her senior campaign.
Sarah Lizotte recorded her fifth consecutive hat trick against Michigan while leading her team in scoring for the seventh straight contest... Lizotte and Kirsten Bates shared a team-high with eight shot attempts against the Wolverines... Lizotte has scored in every match in which she has appeared... Four of Michigan's 15 ejections were drawn by Natalie Peng... UCSD has out-scored its opponents in the fourth quarter in 2011, 61-59... UCSD last defeated SDSU on February 10, 2002, 5-4.