SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
The No. 19 UC San Diego women's water polo team had a dominating performance Sunday, Jan. 27 as they defeated Sonoma State and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the final day of play at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invitational.
UCSD was one of only five teams to sweep their matches this afternoon. The Tritons now hold a 3-1 overall record, with a perfect 2-0 start in WWPA play.
UC SAN DIEGO 11 - SONOMA STATE 6
Sonoma State came out strong on both ends of the pool in the opening eight minutes. The Seawolves goalie Ariel Lockshaw kept the Tritons from scoring a single goal while the SSU offense posted a game high three goals to take its largest lead of the game. UCSD came surging back, scoring five goals in the second quarter to bring it to a 5-5 tie at halftime.
The Tritons reversed roles on the Seawolves as they took a 4-0 lead in the third, and UCSD never let off taking the game 11-6.
Six total Tritons scored, with Sarah Lizotte matching Sonoma States total of six, respectively.
Freshman goalie Courtney Miller finished the game with six saves in the cage.
UCSD 0 - 5 - 4 - 2 = 11
SSU 3 - 2 - 0 - 1 = 6
UCSD Goals: Rachel Brooks, Melissa Bartow, Alexis Wieseler, Julia Kirkland, Lauren Finwall, Sarah Lizotte (6)
Sonoma State Goals: Adrienne Bisharat, Laura Kunz, Natalie Del Carlo, Alexa May, Danielle Orras (2)
UCSD Saves: Courtney Miller (6)
Sonoma State Saves: Ariel Lockshaw (8)
UC SAN DIEGO 20 - CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS 12
UCSD scored a season high 20 goals to finish tournament play on a high note. The Tritons quick start showed as they posted 13 of the 20 total goals in the first half. CMS was unable to keep up early, as they netted just five goals in two quarters of play.
Miller knocked down five saves in the first three quarters of play, bringing her to 25 for the weekend. Classmate Alexsee Wilcox made her playing debut in the fourth quarter, grabbing three saves of her own.
Junior Melissa Bartow scored a team high four goals against the Athenas, with Lauren Finwall and Jolene Guiliana close behind, each adding three of their own.
UCSD 6 - 7 - 4 - 3 = 20
CMS 3 - 2 - 4 - 3 = 12
UCSD Goals: Haley Kunert, Andie Nishimi, Allison Delgado, Rachel Fisher, Emma Sasson, Laurel Kistler, Leah Gonzales (2), Rachel Brooks (2), Lauren Finwall (3), Jolene Guiliana (3), Melissa Bartow (4)
CMS Goals: Kelly Davis, Rose Koper, Alyssa Filippelli, Emma Jones, Alex Toohey (2), Haley Conner (2), Candace Flippelli (4)
UCSD Saves: Courtney Miller (5), Alexsee Wilcox (3)
CMS Saves: Allison Hu (3)
UCSD will host the annual Triton Invitational, February 9-10 at Canyonview Aquatic Center. 10 of the Top 20 teams in the CWPA Preseason Coaches' Poll will be in attendance. UCSD is 14-14 overall at the Triton Invitational over the past seven seasons. Stay tuned and visit UCSDtritons.com for ticket information, directions and tentative schedule. Match-ups will be determined the week of the tournament.
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