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Jessica Tran registered five assists in the Tritons' last game against Marist.
Triton Invitational, Marist On Deck for No. 18 UC San Diego
Release: Wednesday 02/08/2012 
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The No. 18 UC San Diego women's water polo team hosts Marist on Friday evening before the annual 16-team Triton Invitational this Saturday and Sunday at Canyonview Aquatic Center.

Game 5
No. 18 UC San Diego (3-1) vs. Marist (0-3)
Friday, February 10 - 6:00 p.m.
Canyonview Aquatic Center - La Jolla, Calif.

Games 6 & 7
Triton Invitational

No. 18 UC San Diego (3-1) vs. No. 16 UC Santa Barbara (6-5)
Saturday, February 11 - 9:20 a.m.
No. 18 UC San Diego (3-1) vs. No. 5 Arizona State (8-0) or Cal State Bakersfield (2-4)
Saturday, February 11 - 1:50 p.m. or 3:10 p.m.
Canyonview Aquatic Center - La Jolla, Calif.

Games 8 & 9
Triton Invitational

No. 18 UC San Diego vs. TBA
Sunday, February 12 - TBA
Canyonview Aquatic Center - La Jolla, Calif.

Head coach Brad Kreutzkamp gives an update on the state of the team ahead of this weekend's games. Click here.


The weekend is finally here. UCSD will play host to the annual Triton Invitational this Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12, at Canyonview Aquatic Center. 11 of the Top 20 teams in the CWPA Coaches Poll will be in attendance. UCSD is 12-12 overall at the Triton Invitational over the past six seasons. Click here for ticket information, directions and schedule. UCSD is in Bracket A along with No. 5 Arizona State, No. 16 UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Bakersfield. UCSD and UCSB face-off in game one.

You've heard UCSD head coach Brad Kreutzkamp on the pool deck, but now you can follow his own perspective on the team through Twitter. Follow @UCSDcoachK all season for an in-depth look inside the Triton women's water polo program. In addition, you can always keep in touch with UCSD Athletics through @UCSDtritons and

Before UCSD dives in for the annual Triton Invite, Marist comes to town on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. The Tritons and Red Foxes have already met this season at January 28-29's Terrapin Invitational in College Park, Md. Sarah Lizotte's career-high eight goals and Jessica Tran's five assists propelled the Tritons to a 15-10 win. In addition, Melissa Bartow added 10 ejections drawn, a career high and the most for the Tritons in a single game over the past two seasons. UCSD has never lost to Marist and holds a 6-0 all-time advantage over the Red Foxes.

The Tritons drew a familiar opponent, No. 16 UC Santa Barbara, in the first round of the Triton Invitational. UCSB, which hails from the Big West Conference, has won three straight over the Tritons dating back to March 8, 2009. The teams met twice in 2011, with UCSB taking both contests 8-7 and 12-7 on January 30 and February 13, respectively. In the teams' first battle of last season at the UCSB Winter Invite, UCSD rallied from three goals down in the fourth quarter to pull within one with 21 seconds to play. The Tritons stole the ball off the restart and called timeout with nine seconds left, but the Gauchos were able to thwart UCSD off the ensuing set play to preserve a one-goal victory. UCSB is 4-2 over its previous six games and went 3-1 at January 28-29's UCSB Winter Invite. The Gauchos defeated Sonoma State, Cal State Bakersfield, No. 19 Cal State Northridge before falling to No. 9 Indiana in overtime. UCSD's last win over UCSB was an 8-7 decision on February 24, 2008 at the UC Irvine Invitational.

The winner of UCSD-UCSD will face the victor of No. 5 Arizona State-Cal State Bakersfield at 3:10 p.m. on Saturday. ASU (8-0) is the highest-ranked team in the tournament and is a perfect 8-0 leading into the weekend. The Sun Devils have swept two tournaments so far this year, the Cal Baptist Mini Lancer Invite and the UCSB Winter Invite, and are off to their best start in program history. UCSD is 3-4 all-time against ASU, having dropped the last four contests. Cal State Bakersfield is 2-4 on the year and recently split its two matches at the Cal Baptist Invite. CSUB downed Cal Baptist 9-8 before falling to ASU 14-7 on February 4. UCSD is 17-1 all-time against CSUB. The losers between UCSB-UCSD and ASU-CSUB clash at 1:50 p.m. on Saturday.

UC San Diego utility Sarah Lizotte earned KAP7 Western Water Polo Association Player of the Week for the week of January 23-29 after leading the Tritons to a 3-1 record over the team's first week of play. Lizotte scored 20 goals over four games, including a career-high eight scores in the Tritons' 15-10 win over Marist on January 29 at the Terrapin Invitational. She shot 58-percent on the week (20-for-34) while adding five assists and eight ejections drawn. It marks the second time in her career she has taken home WWPA Player of the Week honors.

After the Triton Invitational, UCSD will be on the road for nearly a month before coming home for a WWPA tilt on March 9 against Colorado State ... Tran leads the team with 10 assists and Leah Gonzales is second with seven ... Bartow has tallied 19 ejections drawn so far this season, more than double the amount of anyone else on the squad ... Natalie Peng leads the team in shooting percentage with a .600 (3-of-5) average ... UCSD drew a season-high 20 ejections in the last game against Marist ... Allie Taylor has stopped exactly half of opponents' shots on goal (41-of-82) ... Four top-ten teams- ASU, No.6 UC Irvine, No. 9 San Diego State and No. 9 Indiana (yes, there is a tie for No. 9 in the CWPA Top 20)- are playing in this weekend's tournament.

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