ANN ARBOR, Mich. -
The seventh-seeded UC San Diego women's water polo team fell to sixth-seed Indiana, 11-8, on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Championships Consolation Round at Canham Natatorium.
The Tritons (17-20) will face Iona (29-8) on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in the seventh-place match. The Gaels fell to UC Irvine on Saturday afternoon in the Consolation Round. UCSD and Iona lost to No. 2 Cal and No. 1 Stanford, respectively, in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Friday afternoon.
UCSD jetted out to a two-goal lead after the first period thanks to goals from Kirsten Bates and Sarah Lizotte. Lizotte scored with about five minutes left in the half to make it 3-1, but the Hoosiers answered with a pair of goals to make it 3-3 with just over two minutes remaining. Bates added another before the half time whistle to take a 4-3 lead.
"When you give up that many goals, it's going to be hard to win this game," said UCSD head coach Brad Kreutzkamp. "We had a great first quarter and our pressing defense keyed that performance."
Indiana took its first lead of the match less than a minute into the second half and failed to give up the lead the rest of the third period as the teams traded scores. Natalie Peng gave the Tritons a narrow 8-7 advantage with 6:18 remaining in the final period, but the Hoosiers scored four unanswered goals to finish off the match, 11-8.
"In retrospect, we may have left some people in too long because it really failed us late. It's normally one of our strengths, but Indiana was able to break it down and I'm sure what happened in the second half," said Kreutzkamp.
Jacki Kohli of IU led all scorers with four goals, while Bates registered a hat trick off her own. Lizotte scored a pair of goals on 10 shot attempts and Allie Taylor made nine saves in goal.
Notes: UCSD and Indiana upset the top-seeded team in their conference tournaments to reach the NCAA Championships... UCSD public address announcer Bill Cohn is serving as the NCAA's color analyst for its online broadcasts of the Championships... All three of Indiana's first half goals came during 6-on-5 situations...Seven of IU's eight second half goals were even-strength.