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Katherine Biehle scored two goals in the fourth quarter as UCSD topped Cal State Bakersfield for the third time this season.
UCSD Tops Cal State Bakersfield for Third Time in Opening Round of WWPA Championships
Release: Friday 04/29/2011 
HAYWARD, Calif. - The UC San Diego women's water polo team defeated Cal State Bakersfield for the third time this season, 11-7, in the opening round of the WWPA Championships Friday afternoon at Chabot Community College. UCSD advances to face Santa Clara (20-13) on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the tournament semifinals.

Sarah Lizotte recorded her seventh consecutive hat trick in the win, while Kirsten Bates and Katherine Biehle added two goals apiece. Felicia Orozco dished-out three assists and Hanalei Crowell swiped five steals. Allie Taylor registered 10 saves in goal.

UCSD crawled back from a 2-1 deficit at the end of the opening period, as Bates and Lizotte scored consecutive goals to give the Tritons a 3-2 lead with 2:18 left in the first half. CSUB (8-29) scored with a man-advantage on its next possession, but Lizotte added another score to give the Tritons a 4-3 lead heading into intermission.

Bates, Jessica Tran and Natalie Peng scored three unanswered goals in the first six and a half minutes to open the third quarter. CSUB edged within 7-4 with a minute left in the third and Paige Tusurdja scored with just a second left to bring the Roadrunners within two heading into the final period.

Lizotte scored on the Tritons' first possession of the quarter and Crowell followed with a successful penalty shot to make it 9-5. The teams traded goals before Biehle finished the Roadrunners off on a goal with just seven seconds remaining.

The winner of UCSD-Santa Clara will advance to face the winner of Loyola Marymount-Cal State East Bay in the WWPA Championship on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

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