LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego women's water polo team will head up Interstate 5 to face No. 18 Long Beach State on Saturday at noon in Campus Pool.
UC San Diego (6-3) at No. 18 Long Beach State (2-3)
Saturday, February 18 - 12:00 p.m.
Campus Pool - Long Beach, Calif.
LONG BEACH'S STATE
LBSU took 11th place at the Triton Invitational last weekend in La Jolla after going 2-2 with wins over Cal State East Bay and Sonoma State. The 49ers fell to Maryland by one, 10-9, in the opening game and also dropped an 8-7 game to Hartwick in the third round. Julia Garyfallou registered a hat trick in the 9-4 win in the 11th place game against CSUEB. To date, all three of the 49ers' losses have come by just a single goal to ranked opponents this season. LBSU is led by junior Melissa Matheson, who has scored 12 times in the team's first five games. Garyfallou and Coriann Snyder have scored nine goals apiece. The 49ers average 9.2 goals per game while giving up 8.2 goals per contest.
The Tritons have fared well against at The Beach in recent past. UCSD is 2-1 against LBSU in Brad Kreutzkamp's tenure, including a tight 9-8 win over the 49ers last season on February 4 at Canyonview. The teams were tied 5-5 at half and traded goals for most of the second stanza. Kirsten Bates scored on a 6-on-5 with 2:45 remaining to put the Tritons up 9-8, and former goalkeeper Kristen Ostosh made two huge saves in the final 56 seconds to help UCSD hold on for the win. LBSU has won a majority of the contests between the teams in their all-time series, holding a 15-6 advantage over UCSD.
UC IRVINE INVTIATIONAL SET FOR FEBRUARY 25-26
The UC Irvine Invitational is set for next Saturday and Sunday at Anteater Aquatic Complex and Corona del Mar High School. 15 of the 16 teams in the tournament are currently in the CWPA Top 20 and each of the Top 10 teams in the nation will be in attendance. UCSD is in Pool A with No. 1 Stanford, No. 8 San Jose State and No. 9 San Diego State. The Tritons open against the Cardinal at 9:00 a.m. on February 25, with the victor advancing to face the winner of SJSU-SDSU at 2:00 p.m. The losing squads of each match-up will clash at 3:15 p.m. UCSD went 1-3 at the 2011 UCI Invite and defeated Cal State Bakersfield 13-10 for 15th place.
TRITON INVITE RECAP
UCSD went 2-2 at last weekend's Triton Invite to take home 13th place at its home event. The Tritons struggled on day one of the tournament, falling 9-5 to UC Santa Barbara and 12-11 to Cal State Bakersfield. UCSD rebounded on the second day, however, to take down Santa Clara 9-7 and Marist 8-4. Sarah Lizotte and Jessica Tran scored twice and added three assists and Sarah Lizotte scored twice while adding two assists and two steals in the winning effort over SCU. Lizotte followed with five goals against the Red Foxes in the final game of the Invite. Lizotte and Tran each had a hat trick in the narrow loss to CSUB and Leah Gonzales registered a two goal, three steal performance against the Roadrunners.
TOP 20 DROP
UCSD found itself on the outside-looking-in in this week's Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 20. The Tritons received three votes in the poll, four less than No. 20 CSUB. Wednesday's Top 20 marked the first time in five weeks in which UCSD has not appeared in the poll.
WILL YOU MARIST ME?
The Tritons beat Marist for the third time this season on Sunday at the Triton Invitational, pushing their record to 3-0 against the Red Foxes in 2012. UCSD outscored Marist 32-18 in those games. The teams met prior to the Triton Invite on Friday, February 10 in a game which the Tritons won 9-4. Bates, Tran and Melissa Bartow each scored a pair of goals in the win and Allie Taylor held the Red Foxes for a season-low four goals against.
Tran leads the team in assists this season with 20 ... She has registered multiple assists in six games so far and has at least one assist in each game this season ... After surrendering 10 goals in three of their first four matches, the Tritons have held opponents to under 10 scores in four of their last five ... UCSD has started 6-3 in each of its last two seasons ... Lizotte led the Tritons with 13 goals at the Triton Invite ... UCSD tallied 27 shot attempts in each of the final two games on Sunday, finishing 15-for-54 (.277) ... Bates' 163 career goals ranks sixth-most in UCSD history ... Bates, Bartow and Katherine Biehle each scored four times over five games last week.
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 facebook.com/UCSDtritons.