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Freshman Reilly Gallagher has 208 saves on the season.
No. 18 Tritons Look for Fifth Straight WWPA Title in Ohio
Release: Thursday 04/27/2017 
by UCSD

UC SAN DIEGO VITALS
National Rank: 18th (CWPA)
Overall:
 17-14
WWPA: 3-0
WWPA Standing: 1st of 6
Home: 4-5
Away: 3-0
Neutral: 9-9

THE SCHEDULE
Game 32
vs. No. 4 Cal State Monterey Bay or No. 5 Mercyhurst
Saturday, April 29 • 10:45 a.m. (PT)
The SPIRE Institute • Geneva, Ohio
Live Video • Live Stats

Game 33
vs. TBD
Sunday, April 30 • 8:15 a.m. (PT) or 6:30 a.m. (PT)
The SPIRE Institute • Geneva, Ohio
Live Video  Live Stats

LIVE COVERAGE
Live stats will again be provided throughout the entire WWPA Championship, courtesy of The FOSH. You can follow UCSD's semifinal match by clicking here. Additional games can be found here on the tournament homepage. There will also be live streaming video of all games, for free, here.

ROAD TO THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
After completing conference play with a perfect 3-0 record, the Tritons earned a first-round bye and are automatically in the WWPA semifinals on Saturday, April 29, at 10:45 a.m. (PT) The championship game will be played on Sunday, April 30, at 8:15 a.m. (PT), with the winner heading to the NCAA Championship, May 12-14, in Indianapolis. UCSD will be attempting to reach the championship for the sixth time in seven years, previously competing in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The highest finish was in 2013, as the Tritons took sixth. The NCAA selection show can be viewed live at NCAA.com on Monday, May 1, at 5 p.m. PT.

WWPA PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS
2016 - UC San Diego 
2015 - UC San Diego
2014 - UC San Diego
2013 - UC San Diego
2012 - Loyola Marymount
2011 - UC San Diego
2010 - Loyola Marymount
2009 - Loyola Marymount
2008 - UC Davis
2007 - Loyola Marymount
2006 - UC Davis
2005 - Loyola Marymount
2004 - Loyola Marymount
2003 - Loyola Marymount
2002 - Loyola Marymount
2001 - Loyola Marymount

HARPER CUP REMAINS IN LA JOLLA
Seniors Lauren Boyer and Alexis Wieseler led the Tritons with a combined eight goals as UCSD defeated San Diego State, 10-6, in a dominating performance, to reclaim the Harper Cup. The Tritons led throughout all four quarters, including a 4-0 shutout of the Aztecs int he second frame. Boyer acounted for the game-winning goal and freshman Reilly Gallagher made 11 stops in the cage.  It was the third time that UCSD lifted the cup, all coming in the past four years, and first time at SDSU. The Tritons, now 3-13 in the matchup, also won at home in 2014.

UC San Diego 10, San Diego State 6

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

FINAL WWPA STANDINGS
1. UC San Diego 3-0, 17-14

2. Cal State East Bay 2-1, 12-12
3. Sonoma State 1-2, 9-18
4. Mercyhurst 1-0, 6-11
5. Cal State Monterey Bay 0-3, 7-11
6. Gannon 0-1, 6-11

LAUREN BOYER NAMED WWPA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lauren Boyer, a senior center, was selected as the 2017 Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Year and took home her fourth All-WWPA honor in four yearsThe Honolulu, Hawaii, native led the WWPA in goals (71) and points (81). She had a team-high 13 five-meter penalties drawn and 11 hat tricks this season to go along with 11 assists, 30 steals, 51 ejections drawn and nine field blocks.

SEVEN TRITONS NAMED ON ALL-WWPA TEAMS
UCSD had a league-best seven players named to all-conference teams. Lauren Boyer and Alexis Wieseler were tabbed as first-team members while freshman Reilly Gallagher and sophomore Chanel Schilling earned second-team distinctions. Sophomore Krista Schneider and senior two-meter defender Lani Tittle gained honorable mentions. In addition, freshman Jessee Ransone and Gallagher were named to the All-Freshman Team. For more on the story, click here.

MILESTONES
Alexis Wieseler sits second on the all-time list for career goals with 288, only 33 goals away from becoming UCSD's career leader ... Wieseler is also second all-time in attempts (693) and all-time steals (239) ... Lauren Boyer is second on the all-time list in penalties drawn with 39, only one away from becoming the career leader ... Boyer is fourth in all-time ejections drawn with 205. 

IT'S TRICKY
Eight Tritons have combined for a total of 32 hat tricks so far this season:

Alexis Wieseler (9)
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)
4/22 vs. San Diego State (three goals)

Lauren Boyer (11)
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)
4/22 vs. San Diego State (five 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)

SENIORS IN THE STATS
The 2017 senior class leads UCSD in several statistical categories. Center Lauren Boyer is the leading scorer with 71 goals and also has a team-high 13 penalties drawn. Two-meter defender Lani Tiitle has the most  field blocks (18) and is second in steals (51) and. Alexis Wieseler paces the Tritons in penalty shots made with five and steals (53). 

ABOUT THE PIONEERS
Second-seeded Cal State East Bay enters the tournament with a 12-12 overall record and 2-1 conference record. Auriel Bill leads the Pioneer attack with 43 goals this season. She also has a team-high 40 steals and 26 assists. In the cage, Nikki Vaughan has 186 saves for a .515 dave percentage. Pioneer head coach Lisa Cooper is in her 15th season. 

SERIES HISTORY
The Tritons are a perfect 15-0 against the Pioneers. UCSD defeated Cal State East Bay 13-8 in the regular season, earlier this year. 

ABOUT THE SEAWOLVES
Third-seeded Sonoma State is 9-18 overall and 1-2 against WWPA opponents. The Seawolves are led by Nicole Groat and Carleigh Robinson with 45 and 41 goals, respectively. Taylor Plorin handles duties inside the cage with a .486 save percentage and a 10.02 goals against average. Head coach Coralie Simmons is in her 10th season at the helm. 

SERIES HISTORY
The Tritons are 21-1 all-time against Sonoma State. UCSD took down the Seawolves twice this season by scores of 16-7 and 13-4.

ABOUT THE OTTERS
Cal State Monterey Bay, the fourth-seed is 7-11 on the season and 0-3 in conference play. Adrianna Craft and Marisa Lovos are the leading scorers with 31 goal apiece. Tatiana Veloso has a team-best 17 assists and Dinah Aiad has 34 steals. In goal, Morgen Fain has 162 saves. Emily Schmidt is in her first season as head coach. 

SERIES HISTORY
UCSD is undefeated against CSUMB with an all-time record of 11-0. The Tritons trounced the Otters, 16-2, earlier this season. 

ABOUT THE LAKERS
Mercyhurst is the fifth-seed with a 6-11 overall record and 1-0 conference mark. Becky Insalaco leads the Lakers in scoring this season with 51 goals and 63 points. She also has a team-best 36 drawn exclusions and 35 steals. Goalkeeper Jennifer Moshinsky has a .399 save percentage. Head coach Curtis Robinette is in his 14th season. 

SERIES HISTORY
The Tritons are a perfect 1-0 against the Lakers all-time. UCSD defeated Mercyhurst in last season's WWPA Championship semifinal game by a score of 16-4.

ABOUT THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Sixth-seeded Gannon is 6-11 on the year. Alison Cooney has 51 goals on the season. Goalie Emily Rodriguez has a total of 86 saves with a 11.71 goals against average. Sean Morphy is in his second season as head coach. 

SERIES HISTORY
UCSD and Gannon have never met. 

WIESELER NAMED WWPA PLAYER OF THE WEEK 
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.

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, 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).

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 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).

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 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).

HEAD COACH BRAD KREUTZKAMP
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.

TRITONS PICKED FIRST IN WWPA COACHES' POLL
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

GEAR UP
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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.

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