vs. No. 8 Princeton (14-0)
Saturday, Mar. 15 • 8 a.m.
Aztec Aquaplex • San Diego
vs. Bucknell (5-3)
Saturday, Mar. 15 • 1 p.m.
Aztec Aquaplex • San Diego
vs. Harvard (8-6)
Sunday, Mar. 16 • 9:15 a.m.
Aztec Aquaplex • San Diego
vs. (RV) Wagner (10-8)
Sunday, Mar. 16 • 1 p.m.
Aztec Aquaplex • San Diego
No. 13 UC San Diego continues its lengthy road stretch this week by traveling across town for the Aztec Invite put on by San Diego State at Aztec Aquaplex. The Tritons stand at 14-8 overall and boast seven wins against top-20 teams this season. UCSD finally returns to La Jolla on Mar. 23 for a showdown with No. 3 Stanford.
In the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll released Mar. 12, UCSD was slated No. 13 in the nation. The Tritons have reached as high as No. 6 this season, which marks the highest ranking since head coach Brad Kreutzkamp took over the program in 2010.
UCSD finished 3-1 at the Claremont Convergence last weekend. The Tritons defeated Occidental 16-1 in the opener behind three shutout quarters on the defensive end and earned a win in the nightcap over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 18-9, behind eight first quarter goals. UCSD was led by eight total scores from Jolene Guiliana and six goals from Lauren Boyer in the pair of victories. The defense was spearheaded by Courtney Miller and Alexsee Wilcox in the cage, who finished with eight and nine saves, respectively. Facing No. 13 Hawaii for the second time in 2014 the following day, the Tritons fell victim to a slow start to lose 9-6 in game one. UCSD closed out the weekend with an 11-6 win over Pomona-Pitzer in the nightcap. UCSD was led by six goals from Alexis Wieseler and four scores from Sarah Lizotte in the two games, while Miller finished with 20 saves on the day.
The Tritons split a pair of road contests against a pair of ranked foes on Feb. 28 and Mar. 1. UCSD used a strong fourth period to down No. 12 Long Beach State, 6-4, to pick up its seventh victory over a ranked opponent. The Tritons were led by a pair of scores each from Leah Gonzales and Jolene Guiliana in the win, while Courtney Miller saved seven shots in the cage. The following day, UCSD fell victim to a sluggish second half against No. 6 UC Irvine to fall 13-7. With the score tied at six at the intermission, the Tritons were held to a single score from Melissa Bartow in the third period. UCSD was led by a hat trick from Guiliana and a pair of scores from Alexis Wieseler in the loss.
UCI INVITATIONAL RECAP
After opening the UCI Invitational with a win, the Tritons finished with a 1-3 record. UCSD faced four top-10 teams, which included an upset victory over then sixth-ranked Hawaii. UCSD captured a 10-9 victory in sudden death with a game-winning goal from Jolene Guiliana and a career-high 20 saves from Courtney Miller. Melissa Bartow led the charge offensively, scoring a hat trick from the two-meter line. In the final game of day one for UCSD, the Tritons fell victim to a sluggish second half after jumping out to a quick lead against UCLA to lose 8-6. Sarah Lizotte finished with a pair of scores to lead the Tritons, while Miller recorded another double-digit save performance with 13 in the loss. The following day, UCSD dropped a pair of decisions to Arizona State, 10-4, and CSU Northridge, 9-7. Guiliana led the Tritons offensively on the day with four total goals, while Miller finished the day with 30 saves to lead the Triton defense.
BACK EAST AT THE BISON INVITE
After experiencing some travel issues due to severe weather, the Tritons finally made it to Lewisburg, PA with a 10-hour bus ride after being stuck in Chicago overnight. After making it to host Bucknell, the Tritons finally were able to jump in the water and play some polo. UCSD went 3-1 on the weekend and picked up two more top-20 wins to add to its resume. The Tritons opened the Bison Invitational with a 13-7 win over No. 20 Michigan and fell in game two, 9-8, to No. 8 Princeton at Kinney Natatorium. UCSD received seven goals from Sarah Lizotte and 13 saves from Courtney Miller on the day. The following day, UCSD finished the Invite with consecutive victories over George Washington, 14-7, and No. 20 Wagner, 10-9. Jolene Guiliana recorded a hat trick in game one before Courtney Miller blocked 15 shots in the second game to power the Tritons to the day sweep. After a long, tiring weekend of travel and polo, the Tritons earned themselves some fun and took to the snow before heading home!
TRITON INVITATIONAL RECAP
UCSD hosted the 2014 Triton Invitational on Feb. 8-9 and finished 2-2 to place seventh. UCSD beat Marist in the opening game, 16-9, before falling to No. 11 Loyola Marymount, 7-6, in the nightcap at Canyonview Aquatic Center on day one. UCSD received a hat trick from Sarah Lizotte and Melissa Bartow each to power the Tritons in the win over Marist in game one. In game two, LMU mounted a comeback in the final seconds to force overtime and escape with a win despite a pair of scores from Lizotte and Alexis Wieseler. Lizotte led the Tritons on the day with five total scores, while Courtney Miller stopped 16 shots in the cage. On Sunday, the Tritons split a pair of games and fell to No. 12 Long Beach State, 9-7, before beating No. 20 Santa Clara, 11-7. Lizotte tallied seven scores on the day, while Bartow pored in four goals. Miller ended the day with 15 saves on the day.
UCSD began the year at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invite and returned to La Jolla with a perfect 4-0 record. UCSD opened the 2014 season with a pair of wins on day one of the Invite. The Tritons beat Concordia in game one, 21-2, before upsetting No. 5 Arizona State, 12-11, in the final game of the day. Sarah Lizotte and Alexis Wieseler led the Tritons on the day with seven goals apiece between the pair of victories. The following day, UCSD defeated No. 17 UC Santa Barbara, 11-7, and CSU Bakersfield, 14-8, to complete a weekend sweep at the UCSB Winter Invite. Wieseler and Leah Gonzales led the Tritons with four goals apiece on the day, while Courtney Miller recorded 14 saves in the cage.
LIZOTTE NAMED FEBRUARY STAR OF THE MONTH
Sarah Lizotte was named a San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for February. Lizotte totaled 27 goals in February with nine multi-goal efforts, as the Triton women’s water polo team picked up seven wins, including five over top-20 squads. During the Triton Invitational on Feb. 8-9, the product of Riverside (Riverside Poly HS) broke UCSD's career scoring and assists records in front of the home crowd at Canyonview Aquatic Center as well. The San Diego Hall of Champions honors outstanding athletes from San Diego, as well as athletes who have achieved stardom for local teams.
COURTNEY IN THE CAGE
Courtney Miller was named the Kap7/Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 24. The sophomore from Honolulu, HI led No. 11 UCSD to an upset of No. 6 Hawaii at the UCI Invitational. Miller finished with 63 saves at the four game Invitational and recorded double-digit blocks in each game. Miller recorded a career-high 20 saves in the 10-9 sudden death victory over Hawaii in the opener. She followed with a 13-save performance against No. 3 UCLA in an 8-6 loss. Miller finished out the Invitational with 13 blocks against No. 7 Arizona State and 17 saves against No. 10 CSU Northridge.
Sarah Lizotte broke the UCSD all-time career scoring and assists records at the Triton Invitational on Feb. 8-9. The senior has scored 274 career goals to pass Triton Hall of Fame member, Olympian and former captain of the U.S. National Water Polo team Julie Swail's record of 245. Lizotte also passed Jamie Dailey's mark of 125 assists to put her total at 148. She also currently holds the UCSD single-season record for goals (92), attempts (228) and assists (67).Check out the U-T San Diego’s piece on her accomplishments by clicking here.
WWPA PRESEASON POLL
UCSD has been slated to finish first in the 2014 Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) standings according to the league’s annual preseason coaches’ poll. The defending WWPA champion Tritons were a unanimous pick to reclaim the title in 2014 after garnering the maximum 16 points, including four first-place votes. Sonoma State was picked second and earned 12 points, while Cal State East Bay followed with 11 points in third. The Pioneers also received the final first-place vote. Rounding out the standings, Cal State Monterey Bay (6) was fourth and Cal State San Bernardino (5) was picked fifth.
The Tritons return many key players for the 2014 campaign, highlighted by Sarah Lizotte. The senior from Riverside was named the 2013 NCAA Division II Player of the Year by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPAC), Division II All-American First Team, Division I All-American Honorable Mention, WWPA Player of the Year and All-WWPA First Team after scoring 92 goals and dishing out 67 assists, both single-season UCSD records. The Tritons also return sophomore Courtney Miller in the cage, who was named All-American First Team and All-WWPA First Team after setting the school single-season record for saves at 317. UCSD also returns senior Melissa Bartow (All-American First Team, All-WWPA First Team), sophomore Alexis Wieseler (All-American Second Team, All-WWPA Honorable Mention), senior Leah Gonzales, junior Jolene Guiliana and sophomore Julia Kirkland.
The Tritons have reached as high as No. 6 in the national rankings in 2014 ... UCSD is currently 9-5 when playing at a neutral site ... The Tritons are outscoring opponents 70-37 in the opening quarter … UCSD is currently shooting .406 as a team … The Tritons have converted 62 six-on-five advantages compared to the opponents 54 … Sarah Lizotte has scored 274 career goals, good for first in school history to break Julie Swail’s record of 245. Lizotte also sits in first with 148 assists to pass Jamie Dailey’s mark of 125. She also currently holds the UCSD single-season record for goals (92), attempts (228) and assists (67) … Melissa Bartow has drawn 253 ejections in her career, which marks the UCSD all-time career record. Bartow is currently the UCSD all-time career leader in penalties drawn (39) as well. She has drawn 10 penalties in 2014, good for fifth on the all-time single season list … Courtney Miller holds the UCSD single-season record of saves (374) and sits in eighth in career saves with 477. She recorded a career-high 20 saves against Hawaii (2/22) … Jolene Guiliana also shares the UCSD single-season assists record (67) with Lizotte, and sits in sixth (65) on the single-season steals list … Alexis Wieseler sits in seventh on the UCSD single-season goals list (72) … The Tritons sport 21 California natives on their roster, with Courtney Miller (Honolulu, HI), Lauren Boyer (Honolulu, HI) and Nicole Gerwin (British Columbia, Canada) the three players from out of state.
HEAD COACH BRAD KREUTZKAMP
UCSD head coach Brad Kreutzkamp is in his fifth season leading the Tritons. He has compiled a career record of 83-68, with a winning percentage of .543. In his four seasons at the helm, Kreutzkamp has led UCSD to a pair of Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships and two appearances at the NCAA Championship. In his fourth season, Kreutzkamp led UCSD to an NCAA Championship berth after knocking off Loyola Marymount, 10-8, in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) title game. The 12th-ranked Tritons finished a program-best sixth place at NCAA Championship and closed the season with a 26-15 overall mark, recording the most wins since the 1994 national championship squad went 28-2. He was honored as the Division II Coach of the Year by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) and was also named WWPA Coach of the Year. In 2012, Kreutzkamp led the Tritons to their most wins since 2003 in his third season at the helm. UCSD finished 21-14 overall and narrowly missed their second straight trip to the NCAA Championship. He guided the Tritons to an 18-20 overall record in 2011, leading the Tritons to their first WWPA title since 2000 and the school’s first appearance at the NCAA Championship in program history. Kreutzkamp came to UCSD as an assistant coach with the women’s team in 1999 before joining longtime head coach Denny Harper on the men’s staff the following season. Prior to his arrival on the La Jolla campus, Kreutzkamp was the head coach of both the boys and girls varsity programs at Grossmont High School from 1996-99.
ABOUT THE TIGERS
Princeton, ranked No. 8 nationally, enters with a perfect 14-0 record. The 14-game season opening win streak matches a 2012 school record. Most recently, the Tigers competed at the Harvard Invitational and picked up three wins in the process. Princeton opened with a pair of wins on Saturday, Mar. 8 over Hartwick (8-7) and Iona (9-7). The Tigers closed out the Invite with a win over Santa Clara, 14-11, which marked a fourth win over a ranked opponent. Offensively, the Princeton is led by Katie Rigler’s 23 goals. Diana Murphy and Ashley Hatcher have also tallied 18 scores each on the year. In the cage, Ashleigh Johnson has recorded 127 saves for a save percentage of .722. The head coach of the Tigers, in his 16th season, is Luis Nicolao.
Princeton currently holds a 9-3 advantage over UCSD in the all-time series. Princeton won the last meeting, 9-8, in Lewisburg, PA on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Bison Invitational this season. The two teams also faced off in 2013 at the NCAA Championship, a game the Tigers won 12-10 in the fifth-place matchup.
ABOUT THE BISON
Bucknell is currently in the middle of its California road trip, which consists of eight games throughout the week. The Bison currently stand at 5-4 overall as of Mar. 12. Bucknell is coming off an 11-3 loss at California Baptist on Tuesday, Mar. 11 and is scheduled to face Pomona-Pitzer, Concordia and Long Beach State before competing at the Aztec Invitational. The Bison are led by Julianne Valdes and Hannah Sunday offensively, who have totaled 11 goals apiece. Rena Heim has started each game in the cage and has recorded 64 saves for a block percentage of .486. John McBride, the head coach of the Bison, is currently in his third season as head coach.
UCSD currently holds a 5-1 all-time series record against Bucknell. The last meeting came at the Aztec Invitational last season on Mar. 17, a decision won by the Tritons 7-4.
ABOUT THE CRIMSON
Harvard currently stands at 8-6 overall in 2014. The Crimson is most recently coming off a 1-3 weekend as host of the Harvard Invite. The Crimson opened the Invite with two losses on Saturday, Mar. 8 against Michigan (16-10) and San Diego State (12-8) before splitting action on Sunday, Mar. 9 with a win against Marist (9-8) and a loss to Santa Clara (9-7). Yoshi Andersen leads Harvard with a co-team high 26 goals and 17 assists, while Shayna Price shares the scoring lead with 26 tallies. Ariel Dukes heads the defense in goal with 73 saves on the season. The head coach of the Crimson is Ted Minnis, who is currently in his fourth season at the helm.
The Tritons hold a 2-0 all-time series record against Harvard. UCSD won decisions in 1986, 20-3, and 1994, 15-4.
ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS
Wagner enters the weekend with a 10-8 overall record. The Seahawks last competed at the Harvard Invitational on Mar. 8-9, and finished with a 2-1 mark. After dropping an overtime decision to Santa Clara, 13-12, the Seahawks rebounded with wins over Hartwick, 10-7, and Brown, 13-4. Wagner is led by Jessica Burge’s team leading 53 goals and Jessica Lundgren’s 46 tallies. Lundgren also leads the team in assists with 51. Emily Riddle has amassed 135 saves to power the Seahawks defense. The head coach of Wagner, in his fourth season at the helm, is Chris Radmonovich.
UCSD currently holds a perfect 5-0 record against Wagner in the all-time series. Sunday’s matchup marks the second of the season, as UCSD faced the Seahawks at the Bison Invitational in Lewisburg, PA on Feb. 16. The Tritons earned a 10-9 win behind a hat trick from Guiliana.
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The Tritons return home to Canyonview Aquatic Center next Sunday, Mar. 23 to face No. 3 Stanford. The opening sprint is slated to begin at 1 p.m.