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Senior Lani Tittle has 20 steals on the season.
UC San Diego Travels East to Three-Day Harvard Invitational
Release: Thursday 03/02/2017 
by UCSD

UC SAN DIEGO VITALS
National Rank: 16 (CWPA)
Overall:
 5-8
WWPA: 0-0
WWPA Standing: n/a
Home: 1-3
Away: 1-0
Neutral: 3-5

THE SCHEDULE
Game 14
Harvard Invitational 
vs. No. 14 Indiana (7-2) 
Friday, March 3 • 3:30 p.m.
Blodgett Pool • Boston, Mass. 
Live Video

Games 15
Harvard Invitational 
vs. No. 19 Harvard (4-2)
Saturday, March 4 • 8:15 a.m.
Blodgett Pool • Boston, Mass. 
Live Video

Game 16
Harvard Invitational 
vs. Iona (0-4)
Saturday, March 4 • 2:30 p.m.
Blodgett Pool • Boston, Mass. 
Live Video

Game 17
Harvard Invitational 
vs. No. 11 Princeton (7-0)
Sunday, March 5 • 6:15 a.m.
Blodgett Pool • Boston, Mass. 
Live Video

Game 18
Harvard Invitational 
vs. Siena (0-10)
Sunday, March 5 • 10:00 a.m.
Blodgett Pool • Boston, Mass. 
Live Video

PREVIOUSLY 
UCSD finished in 12th-place at the three-day Barbara Kalbus Invitational hosted by UC Irvine. The Tritons were 1-3 on the weekend after facing four nationally ranked teams. On Friday, No. 3 UCLA topped UCSD 19-3. The Tritons upset local-rival No. 12 San Diego State 10-1 to open play on Saturday, before falling to No. 11 Pacific 11-5 in the nightcap. UCSD could not overcome an early deficit to No. 9 UC Santa Barbara, dropping an 8-5 decision in its final came. Senior Lauren Boyer ended the weekend with a team-high 10 goals. 

No. 3 UCLA 19, No. 16 UC San Diego 
No. 16 UC San Diego 10, No. 12 San Diego State 1
No. 11 Pacific 11, UC San Diego 5
No. 9 UC Santa Barbara 8, No. 16 UC San Diego 5

NATIONAL POLL
UCSD started the season ranked 11th in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) national rankings. The Tritons ranked as high as ninth and currently sit in the No. 16 spot. To view the complete rankings click here.

WWPA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Lauren Boyer was named Western Water Polo Association Player of the Week for the third time in her career for the week of Jan. 23-29. Boyer recorded 12 goals and two assists at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invitational, the Tritons finished the weekend 2-2. The Honolulu, Hawai’i product posted a career-high seven goals in a 15-12 overtime upset over No. 10 Pacific. In UCSD’s season opener, Boyer matched a game-high four scores to help lift the Tritons over Sonoma State, 16-7. She tallied two assists in UC San Diego’s narrow, 8-5, loss to no. 5 Hawai’i and capped the weekend with one goal against No. 3 UCLA. She received the honor twice last season (for the weeks of Jan. 18-24 and Feb. 8-14). 

GET TO KNOW THE 2017 TRITONS
Brad Kreutzkamp, the 2016 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) NCAA Division II Co-Coach of the year, enters his eighth season at the helm when the women’s water polo team begins its 2017 season this weekend at the UCSB Winter Invitational. The Tritons, ranked No. 11 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll, are coming off a 28-11 season and their fifth Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) title in six years. UCSD also made its fifth overall appearance at the National Collegiate Water Polo Championship, finishing in sixth place to match its best showing in school history (2013). UC San Diego’s 28-win season also equaled the most victories in program-history (1994).

WHO’S BACK, WHO’S NOT
The 2017 Triton roster boasts 16 returners including two All-Americans and several All-WWPA honorees. Two-meter defender Alexis Wieseler returns for her final season as a two-time All-American, three-time All-WWPA and NCAA Championship All-Tournament selection. Last season, Wieseler led the team in goals (84) and steals (72).

UCSD also returns All-American center Lauren Boyer who tallied 57 goals, 10 assists and 29 steals on the season. All-WWPA honoree Lani Tittle returns after finishing with a team-high 22 field blocks. She also amassed 17 goals, 24 assists and 40 steals. Chanel Schilling, the WWPA Newcomer of the Year, will return after a successful campaign with 29 goals, seven assists and 16 steals.

The Tritons have big shoes to fill after graduating four-time All-American goalkeeper, Courtney Miller. She made her mark in the record books as the school's career leader in saves (1,465). In 2016, she tallied 334 saves, 42 assists and 28 steals.

The Tritons also lost key players in All-American Laurel Kistler (60 goals, 48 assists, 58 steals) and Julia Kirkland (40 goals, 28 assists, 17 steals).

HEAD COACH BRAD KREUTZKAMP
UCSD head coach Brad Kreutzkamp enters his eighth season at the helm. He has led the Tritons to five WWPA championships and five NCAA Championship appearances in his seven seasons. The Tritons are 157-113 (.581) overall during his tenure. Last season, Kreutzkamp’s team captured its fourth-straight WWPA title and fifth in six years with a 9-5 victory over Cal State East Bay. UCSD made its fifth NCAA appearance and matched a program-best, sixth-place finish. The Tritons recorded 28 wins, matching the team's most (1994). 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 boy's and girl’s varsity programs at Grossmont High School from 1996-99.

MILESTONES
Entering the 2017 season, Alexis Wieseler sits third on the all-time list for career goals with 231 and attempts (584) ... Wieseler is currently fifth all-time in steals (186) ... In single-season goals, Wieseler is sixth with 84 in 2016 ... She leads single-season attempts with 229 in 2016 and sits in fifth in steals with 72 in 2016 ... Lauren Boyer is fourth on the all-time list in penalties drawn with 26 ... Boyer is sixth in single-season penalties drawn with 11 in 2016. 

IT’S TRICKY
Three Tritons have combined for a total of 11 hat tricks so far this season:

Alexis Wieseler (4)
1/21 vs. Sonoma State (four goals)
1/22 vs. Pacific (three goals)
2/11 vs. UC Irvine (four goals)
2/12 vs. UC Davis (three goals)
2/18 vs. California Baptist (three goals)

Lauren Boyer (3)
1/21 vs. Sonoma State (four goals)
1/22 vs. Pacific (seven goals)
2/12 vs. UC Davis (three goals)
2/25 vs. San Diego State (five goals)

Chanel Schilling (1)
1/21 vs. Sonoma State (three goals) 
2/18 vs. California Baptist (three goals)

ABOUT THE HOOSIERS
14th-ranked IU enters the weekend with a 7-2 record overall. The Hoosiers are led on offesne by Joelle Nacouzi and Sarah Young with 13 goals each. Nacouzi also has a team-high six assists. On defense, Mackenzie Rosenthal tops the roster with 14 steals and goalkeeper Jessica Gaudreault has tallied 86 saves. 

SERIES HISTORY
UCSD holds a 10-7 lead over IU in the all-time series. The Tritons escpaed with a 14-13 win over the Hoosiers in sudden death at last year's Aztec Invitational. 

ABOUT THE CRIMSON
Harvard is 4-2 on the season and 19th in the national polls. Kristen Hong leads with 12 goals while teammate Sofia Carrera-Justiz is not far behind with 10. Mathilde Riborde has collected 11 steals and Cleo Harrington is Hardvard's top goalie with 42 saves. Ted Minnis is in his seventh-year at the helm. 

SERIES HISTORY
The Tritons hold a perfect 3-0 all-time record over the Crimson. UCSD captured a 10-7 win over Harvard at the Aztec Inviational last March.

ABOUT THE GAELS
Iona is looking for it's first win after starting the season with a 0-4 record. Hannah Shultz has a team-high 15 goals on the season while goalkeeper Britten Vilander leads the team in steals (17) and has tallied 43 saves. Brian Kelly is in his 21st year as Iona's heacd coach. 

SERIES HISTORY
UCSD is 2-0 against Iona all-time. The Tritons took a 14-8 win over the Gaels last season. Alexis Wieseler and Lani Tittle both had hat tricks in the victory. 

ABOUT THE TIGERS
11th-ranked Princeton will enter the weekend with a perfect 7-0 record. Chelsea Johnson and Morgan Hallock lead the Tigers' with 15 and 13 goals, respectively. On defense, Charlotte Valenti has 12 steals and goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson totals 41 saves. Head coach Luis Nicolao is in his 19th season as the helm.

SERIES HISTORY
Princeton leads the all-time series 11-4. UCSD topped the Tigers 9-8 at the Aztec Invitational last season. Alexis Wieseler tallied three goals in the win. 

ABOUT THE SAINTS
Siena remains winless heading into the weekend with a 0-10 record. In goal, the Gaels' Kennedy Joseph has 109 saves on the season. Diana Fernandez leads the team with 21 goals. Ellen Howe is in her 11th season as head coach.

SERIES HISTORY 
The only meeting meeting between the Tritons and Saints occured during the 2006 season with UCSD earning an 18-3 victory. 

TRITONS PICKED FIRST IN WWPA COACHES’ POLL
The University of California San Diego women's water polo team has been selected unanimously to capture the 2017 Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) title according to a preseason poll of the league's coaches. It is the fifth-straight year and the sixth time in the last seven seasons that UC San Diego has earned the top spot in the poll.

2017 WWPA Women's Preseason Coaches' Poll
1.  UC San Diego, 25 points (5 first-place votes)
2.  Cal State East Bay, 20 (1)
3.  Sonoma State, 17
4.  Mercyhurst, 14
5.  Cal State Monterey Bay, 9
6.  Gannon, 5

GEAR UP
For the latest in Triton athletic gear, make sure to visit ucsdtritonsgear.com. Run by UCSD Athletics' online partner, Advanced-Online, the site provides an on-demand option for Triton athletic apparel and merchandise. Fans have access to over 600 products that can be processed and shipped within 24 hours.

FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD
Got some young Triton fans in your family? If they are eighth grade or under, check out the Junior Triton Club. Membership includes a free t-shirt, admission to over 100 UC San Diego home athletic events, and much more!

#ALLFORONE
After making its first appearance during the Spring 2016 NCAA Division I Referendum campaign, the slogan “All For One” stays front and center as UC San Diego Athletics continues its journey to become a full-fledged member of NCAA Division I. The phrase also speaks to the long-standing culture of unity among the 23 Triton intercollegiate teams as well as the commitment to the University’s principles of diversity and inclusion. When the topic is UC San Diego Athletics, Triton fans can join the conversation by using the hashtag #AllForOne.

SOCIAL MEDIA (#AllForOne)
UCSD Athletics on Facebook (UCSDtritons)
UCSD Athletics on Instagram (UCSDtritons)
UCSD Athletics on Twitter (UCSDtritons)
UCSD Athletics on YouTube (UCSDathletics)
Coach Kreutzkamp on Twitter (@UCSDcoachK)
UCSD Women's Water Polo on Instagram (@ucsdwwp)

LOOKING AHEAD
UCSD will host CSUN for a game Friday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m. before heading across town to the Aztec Invitational March 11-12. The Tritons will face Bucknell in the first game of the tournament Satuday, March 11 at 8:00 a.m.

#AllForOne

WWP Triton Invite 2017