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Junior Kayla Fedler has 28 goals, 21 assists and 40 steals on the season.
Tritons Set to Battle Crosstown Rival San Diego State for Harper Cup
Release: Friday 04/21/2017 

National Rank: 18th (CWPA)
WWPA: 3-0
WWPA Standing: 1st of 6
Home: 4-5
Away: 3-0
Neutral: 9-9

Game 31
vs. No. 11 San Diego State (17-12)
Saturday, April 22 • 1:00 p.m.
Aztec Aquaplex • San Diego
Live Stats

The No. 18 UC San Diego women's water polo team will conclude its regular season against 11th-ranked crosstown rival San Diego State on Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m. for the Harper Cup. 

The Harper Cup is named for UCSD men’s water polo coach Denny Harper, who played at San Diego State and received his undergraduate degree from the school in 1978. He established the SDSU women’s water polo club team and went on to coach UCSD’s women’s team to five collegiate national championships from 1985-99. The inaugural Harper Cup game between the neighbors was in 2002. SDSU won the first 12 matchups, but UCSD took home the cup for the first time in 2014 with an 8-5 decision in La Jolla. In 2016, the Tritons won the Harper Cup for just the second time in dramaic fashion at Canyonview Aquatic Center. Senior Lauren Boyer drilled a back-handed shot into the cage for the game-winning goal in the second sudden-death overtime to lift UCSD over SDSU by a score of 6-5. 

The Tritons concluded their regular season home schedule with wins over No. 12 Long Beach State and Pomona-Pitzer. UCSD opened the weekend with an upset victory over No. 12 LBSU, downing the 49ers by a score of 9-8. The Tritons trailed at the half but scored four goals in the fourth quarter to seal the win. On Saturday, UCSD recongnized its six seniors before taking on Pomona-Pitzer. The Sagehens proved to be tough, but the Tritons came from behind to secure a 7-5 triumph. 

UC San Diego 9, Long Beach State 8
UC San Diego 7, Pomona-Pitzer 5

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. 18 spot. To view the complete rankings click here.

1. UC San Diego 3-0, 16-14
2. Cal State East Bay 2-1, 12-12
3. Gannon 0-0, 6-10
4. Mercyhurst 0-0, 5-11
6. Cal State Monterey Bay 0-2, 7-10
5. Sonoma State 0-1, 8-18

So far this season, Alexis Wieseler sits second on the all-time list for career goals with 285, only 36 goals away from becoming UCSD's career leader ... Wieseler is also second all-time in attempts (690) and all-time steals (235) ... Lauren Boyer is second on the all-time list in penalties drawn with 38, only two away from becoming the career leader ... Boyer is fourth in all-time ejections drawn with 203. 

Eight Tritons have combined for a total of 30 hat tricks so far this season:

Alexis Wieseler (8)
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)
3/11 vs. Wagner (three goals)
3/26 vs. Sonoma State (six goals)
4/7 vs. Long Beach State (three goals)

Lauren Boyer (10)
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)
3/5 vs. Princeton (three goals)
3/11 vs. Bucknell (three goals)
3/26 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (three goals)
3/27 vs. Cal State East Bay (five goals)
3/31 vs. Hartwick (five goals)
4/7 vs. Long Beach State (three goals)

Chanel Schilling (5)
1/21 vs. Sonoma State (three goals) 
2/18 vs. California Baptist (three goals)
3/3 vs. Indiana (three goals) 
3/4 vs. Harvard (four goals)
3/4 vs. Iona (three goals)

Kayla Fedler (3)
3/4 vs. Harvard (three goals)
3/26 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (three goals)
3/26 vs. Sonoma State (three goals)

Lani Tittle (1)
3/10 vs. CSUN (three goals)

Hanna Schneider (1)
3/12 vs. Chapman (four goals)

Shelby Stender (1)
3/12 vs. Chapman (three goals)

Halley Atkinson (1)
3/12 vs. Chapman (three goals)

The 2017 senior class leads UCSD in several statistical categories. Center Lauren Boyer is the leading scorer with 65 goals and also has a team-high 12 penalties drawn. Two-meter defender Lani Tiitle has the most steals (50) and field blocks (17). Alexis Wieseler paces the Tritons in penalty shots made with four. 

Alexis Wieseler was named the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Week for the week of Mar. 29-Apr. 5. Wieseler helped UC San Diego defeat three WWPA opponents in two days. The Highland, Calif. product tallied a game-high six goals, completing her seventh hat trick of the season, in a 13-4 victory over Sonoma State. She notched two goals in UCSD’s WWPA season opener against Cal State Monterey Bay and posted a goal in the Tritons’ 13-8 win over Cal State East Bay.Over three contests, Wieseler totaled eight steals and dished out five assists.This marks Wieseler’s third time receiving the conference’s weekly honor, she earned it once during the 2013 season and once in 2015.

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, Hawaii 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).

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 CWPA poll, are coming off a 28-11 season and their fifth WWPA title in six years. UCSD also made its fifth overall appearance at the NCAA 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).

San Diego State is 17-12 on the year. The Aztecs top the Golden Coast Conference with a perfect 7-0 record. SDSU is led by Caroline Israels and Loli Benekou with 58 and 42 goals, respectively. Israel is the Aztecs' assists and steals leader with 36 and 78, respectively. Kate McDonnell handles the duties in the cage and has 212 so far this season. The Aztecs are coached by UCSD alumna (1989) Carin Crawford, now in her 19th season in charge.

San Diego State holds a 33-17 all-time record against UC San Diego. The Aztecs have a 13-2 record over the Tritons in th Harper Cup games, including 12 in-a-row from 2002-2013. UCSD won last year's matchup in double sudden death overtime by a final socre of 6-5. 

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 is back 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, had a successful initial 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).

UCSD head coach Brad Kreutzkamp is in 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.

UC San Diego was the unanimous to capture the 2017 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 UCSD 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

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The Tritons will head to Geneva, Ohio for the WWPA Championship on Friday to Sunday, April 28-30. 


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