Big West Women's Water Polo Tournament - April 23-25
hosted byLong Beach State University
UC Irvine Claims Second Straight Big West Championship
Cortney Collyer scored four goals and tournament Most Valuable Player Jessy Cardey added three, including the game-winner, to lead UC Irvine to a 12-11 win over Cal State Northridge and the championship of the Big West Women's Water Polo Tournament Sunday.
The fourth-seeded Anteaters (15-14) secured their second straight Big West Tournament championship in the process. UCI defeated UC Santa Barbara in the 2009 final. Cal State Northridge, which won a school record 28 games this season, finished 28-8 on the year in its first championship game appearance.
Erin Kiene contributed two goals and Morgan Vickers made six saves to help the UCI effort.
Whitney Delgado scored five times and Alison Pierce netted a pair of goals to pace the Cal State Northridge offense. Goalkeeper Jillian Stapf stopped 11 UCI shots.
The two teams were tied 8-8 midway through the third period when UCI made a late push. Collyer scored on back-to-back goals at 3:23 and 1:57 to give the 'Eaters a 10-8 cushion, and senior Kat Plummer scored her only goal of the game just 38 seconds into the fourth period to push the advantage to 11-8.
Delgado drew CSUN within 11-9 with her fifth goal at 5:29 on the clock, but Cardey notched what would prove to be the game-winner with a shot to the lower right corner. Her goal put UCI up 12-9.
Kristin McLaughlin scored with 1:18 to go to trim CSUN's deficit to two, 12-10, and Pierce found the back of the net with seven ticks on the clock for a 12-11 UCI lead.
Both teams put on a wicked offensive display in the first half, combining for 15 goals with UCI taking an 8-7 lead into the break. The Anteaters established their biggest leads at 5-2, 7-4 and 8-5, but each time the Matadors fought back. Delgado tossed in a shot from distance with 5.5 seconds left to pull CSUN within a goal.
Stapf made six saves in the third period to keep CSUN close, but the Matadors were outscored 2-1.
CSUN outscored UCI 3-2 in the fourth quarter to make a final push, but time ran out as UCI coaches and players dove into the pool to celebrate the championship.
Stingy Pacific Outlasts UC Santa Barbara 7-5 To Capture Third Place
Bethany Quertermous recorded a hat trick and Brooke Millar was a stalwart in net with nine saves as Pacific edged UC Santa Barbara 7-5 for third place in the Big West Women's Water Polo Tournament Sunday.
The Tigers finished the season at 23-10, the 23 wins a school record. The Gauchos completed the 2010 campaign at 18-12.
UCSB got out in front 1-0 on a goal by Shelby Haroldson less than two minutes into the game. But Quertermous scored twice in a span of 41 seconds to give the Tigers a 2-1 advantage.
Kathryn Nelson, who led the Gauchos with two goals, tied the scoreline at 2-2 with a goal at the 4:50 mark to complete the first quarter scoring.
UCSB regained the lead at 3-2 on a power play goal by Claire Buchanan at 4:38 in the second quarter. Pacific responded with a power play goal of its own, getting one from freshman Jasmine Myles at the 3:10 mark. The two teams went into halftime knotted at 3-3.
The Pacific defense kicked into high gear, holding the Gauchos scoreless for 15 straight minutes. After Buchanan's second period goal, UCSB did not score again until Christie Clark's lob shot went over Millar's head at 5:36 in the fourth.
By that point, Pacific scored twice in the third period and once in the fourth to establish a 6-3 advantage. Bridget Geck and Dara Tawarahara converted power play attempts in the third quarter, and Quertermous slid a shot to the lower right corner for the 6-3 lead early on in the fourth period.
UCSB attempted a comeback and pulled to within 6-5 on goals by Clark and Nelson within a minute of each other. But the Tiger defense stiffened again and held the Gauchos scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Myles capped off the scoring with her second goal of the game with 3:12 left.
UC Davis Tops Long Beach State 12-7 For Fifth Place
Freshman Jessica Dunn scored a game-high five goals and senior Casey Hines made 11 saves as UC Davis earned a 12-7 win against Long Beach State for fifth place in the Big West Women's Water Polo Tournament Sunday.
The Aggies led from start to finish in concluding their season at 16-17 overall. The 49ers ended their season at 8-21.
UCD raced out to a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter as Kaylee Miller, Rachelle Smith and Dunn got the Aggies on the board. The 49ers dented the scoreboard on a goal by Chelsea Grabowski at 5:01 to make it 3-1. Both teams scored once more as the first quarter ended in a 4-2 UCD advantage.
Both teams scored twice in the second quarter with the Aggies taking a 6-4 halftime edge.
The third game featured physical play resulting in three straight penalty shot goals. UCD stepped up and scored the first two as Dunn converted her second and third goals of the game, respectively. Krizia Cerda got one back for LBSU to close the 49ers within 8-5.
However, UCD extended the lead out to 11-5 on goals by Michelle Hook, Ariel Feeney and Dunn.
In the fourth quarter, Dunn capped the Aggie scoring with her fifth goal of the contest to make it 12-5. The 49ers closed the gap to 12-7 on goals by Melissa Matheson and Lauren Sieprath, the last coming on a penalty shot.
Hines stopped two penalty shot attempts by the 49ers as part of her 11-save effort.
Cal State Northridge To Appear In First Championship Match
Cal State Northridge outscored UC Santa Barbara 7-2 in the second half en route to an 11-5 victory in the semifinals of the Big West Women's Water Polo Tournament Saturday.
The second-seeded Matadors (28-7) advanced to Sunday's championship game at 3:45 p.m. against No. 4 seed UC Irvine.
Heidi Pettinger and Chelsea Curran recorded hat tricks and Sydney Sonoda chipped in with a pair of goals to lead the Matador offensive attack. Jillian Stapf made 11 saves to hold down the UCSB offense.
Five different Gauchos scored in the match and freshman goalkeeper Ruth Milne notched five saves.
It was a game of runs as the Matadors raced out to a 4-0 lead midway through the second quarter, but watched the Gauchos respond with three straight scores of their own in the final two minutes. CSUN went into halftime with a 4-3 lead.
However, the Matadors reasserted themselves and reeled off another four goals in a row in the third period. Whitney Delgado, the Big West's second-leading goal scorer, capped off the run with a bounce shot at the 3:42 mark. Stapf made three saves in the third period as CSUN led 8-3.
Both teams went into a scoring frenzy in the fourth quarter as CSUN scored three times and UCSB twice in a span of 1:33. Lizzie Rouleau capped off UCSB's scoring with a goal at 5:19.
The Gauchos (18-11) lost for the fourth time this season to the Matadors, which will be making their first appearance in the Big West championship game.
UCSB plays top-seeded Pacific, which fell 10-7 to UC Irvine earlier, in the third place game at 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Fifth-seeded UC Davis and sixth-seeded Long Beach State meet in the fifth place game at noon.
UC Irvine Reaches Championship Match For Second Straight Year
Cortney Collyer, Caitlin Haskell and Jessy Cardey scored two goals each to lead UC Irvine in a 10-7 victory over Pacific in the semifinals of the Big West Women's Water Polo Championship Saturday at Long Beach State's Campus Pool.
UC Irvine limited Pacific's top two offensive threats - Jasmine Myles and Dara Tawarahara - to just two goals in the contest. The Tiger duo came into the game ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in Big West scoring, respectively.
Morgan Vickers made seven saves in the Anteater net, while Tiger counterpart Brooke Millar turned away nine UCI shots.
The Anteaters went into the halftime break up 5-3 as junior Caitlin Haskell had two first half goals. Haskell, who had a hat trick against UC Davis Friday, has scored five goals in the tournament so far.
Pacific trailed 7-4 in the third quarter but whittled the deficit down to two as Melissa Loper scored with 13 seconds left on the clock. UC Irvine increased the lead back to three, 8-5, as Katie Croghan registered a goal just 19 seconds into the fourth period.
Bridget Geck, who led the Tigers with three goals, then went to work with a pair of goals to twice cut the Anteater lead to two, the last time at 4:20 to go. But the Anteaters sealed the win with Collyer's score at 2:32.
With the win, the Anteaters advance to the Big West Tournament championship game for the second year in a row. UCI (14-14) will face either No. 2 seed Cal State Northridge or No. 3 seed UC Santa Barbara at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday.
Pacific (22-10) plays the loser of the CSUN-UCSB contest at 2:00 p.m. Sunday for third place.
UC Irvine Notches 9-3 Win Versus UC Davis
Caitlin Haskell led a trio of UC Irvine players with multiple goals in a 9-3 Anteater victory over UC Davis in the first round of the Big West Women's Water Polo Tournament Friday at Long Beach State's Campus Pool.
The fourth-seeded Anteaters advance to play top-seeded Pacific in one semifinal at 4:00 p.m. Saturday.
Morgan Vickers made nine saves for the Anteaters, as did her counterpart, UCD goalie Casey Hines. In addition to Haskell's three goals, seniors Kat Plummer and Erin Kiene added two apiece. The Aggies had goals from Carey Faber, Jessica Dunn and Carmen Eggert.
UC Davis, the No. 5 seed, got out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Dunn in the first period. However, that was the last lead the Aggies would own as UCI responded with three consecutive goals by Jessy Cardey, Kiene and Katie Croghan to grab a 3-1 advantage after one quarter.
The Aggies cut the deficit in half with an early second period goal by Faber, but Plummer converted a 6 on 5 situation with her first goal of the afternoon to stake UCI to a 4-2 lead. Plummer scored her second consecutive goal with just 29 seconds left to give the Anteaters a 5-2 halftime edge.
UCI kept the pressure going in the second half. Haskell recorded a hat trick in the second half alone, tallying her first one with 6:33 to go in the third quarter. UC Davis responded with a goal by Eggert to trim the Anteater advantage to 6-3, but that was as close as the Aggies would get.
Two fourth quarter goals by Haskell closed out the scoring as UCI improved to 13-14 on the year. UC Davis, which fell to 15-17, plays the loser of the upcoming UC Santa Barbara-Long Beach State matchup at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday in the fifth place game.
Junior Katie Kepner lofted a shot into the upper left corner of the net with 2:12 left in sudden victory overtime to lift UC Santa Barbara to a 15-14 triumph over Long Beach State in a Big West Women's Water Polo Tournament first round game Friday.
The third-seeded Gauchos led 13-12 with 1:43 to go in regulation, but Krizia Cerda had four goals in the fourth period to keep the No. 6 seed 49ers alive. Her fourth goal with 54 seconds to play tied the score and sent the game into overtime.
UCSB took a 14-13 lead on a goal by Nancy Ruano with just three seconds remaining in the first 3-minute overtime. The 49ers knotted the score in the second extra period on a goal by Lauren Sieprath with 2:19 to go and that set up the sudden victory showdown.
Kepner and freshman Shelby Haroldson led the Gauchos with three goals apiece. Claire Buchanan, Kathryn Nelson and Ruano chipped in two goals each to pace UCSB's attack.
Ruth Milne paced UCSB's defense with 20 saves in the cage, including five key stops in the overtime periods.
For Long Beach State, Cerda's four goals were supplemented by a hat trick from Sieprath and two goals from Claire Martin. Kristen Stragier made 10 saves in net for the 49ers.
Long Beach State held a 6-5 edge at halftime, but UCSB came out with a vengeance in the third period. The Gauchos outscored LBSU 6-2 in that stanza to enter the fourth quarter with an 11-8 advantage.
However, the 49ers reeled off four straight goals, the last coming at the 4:12 mark of the fourth period by Cerda to knot the score at 11-11. The score was tied again at 12-12, 13-13 and 14-14, before setting up the heroics by Kepner.
UCSB improves to 18-10 on the year and advances to Saturday's second semifinal at 5:45 p.m. against No. 2 seed Cal State Northridge. LBSU falls to 8-20 and meets UC Davis on Sunday at noon in the fifth place game.
Friday, April 23 - First Round Match 1 - 4:00 pm - Seed #4 UC Irvine 9, Seed #5 UC Davis 3 Match 2 - 5:45 pm - Seed #3 UC Santa Barbara 15, Seed #6 Long Beach State 14 (Sudden Victory)
Saturday, April 24 - Semifinals Match 3 - 4:00 pm - Seed #4 UC Irvine 10, Seed #1 Pacific 7 Match 4 - 5:45 pm - Seed #2 Cal State Northridge 11, Seed #3 UC Santa Barbara 5
Sunday, April 25 - Championship and Consolation Match 5 - 12:00 pm - 5th place - Seed #5 UC Davis 12, Seed #6 Long Beach State 7 Match 6 - 2:00 pm - 3rd place - Seed #1 Pacific 7, Seed #3 UC Santa Barbara 5 Match 7 - 3:45 pm - 1st place - Seed #4 UC Irvine 12, Seed #2 Cal State Northridge 11
General Admission Single Day:
Adult - $10 per day
Student/Youth - $5 per day.
Box office will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the first match each day.
PARKING General Parking
Parking for the 2010 Big West Conference Women's Water Polo Tournament will be located in Parking Structure 2 (off of Palo Verde Ave.), next to George Allen Field on the northeast corner of the Long Beach State campus. Parking is $4.00 each day and can be purchased at the yellow ticket machines (cash and credit cards accepted). For further information, log onto www.csulb.edu/maps.
Directions for General Parking
From Los Angeles - Travel San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405) south to Palo Verde Ave. exit in Long Beach. Turn right (first signal) on Palo Verde Ave. and travel south for approximately one mile. Turn right at third signal (past Atherton Street) onto the Long Beach State campus and Parking Structure 2 will be located on the left hand side.
From Orange County - Travel San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405) north to Palo Verde Ave. exit in Long Beach. Turn left onto Palo Verde Ave. and travel south for approximately one mile. Turn right at fourth signal (past Atherton Street) onto the Long Beach State campus and Parking Structure 2 will be located on the left hand side.
BIG WEST WOMEN'S WATER POLO FUTURE TOURNAMENT SITES
2011 - UC Santa Barbara
2012 - UC Davis
2013 - UC Irvine
2014 - Cal State Northridge