Women's Water Polo Season Wrap-Up
Big West Women's Water Polo Final Release
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
HAWAI‘I CLAIMS BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIP
Going a perfect 3-0 at the Big West Tournament in Honolulu, Hawai‘i clinched a 9-8 overtime thriller versus defending champion, UC Irvine to claim its second-ever Big West Tournament title. After a back-and-forth contest, senior ‘Bow Caity Lopes da Silva netted the game-winner with 10 seconds in left in overtime to help the Rainbow Wahine earned the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament for was the program’s fifth-ever appearance.
CAITY LOPES DA SILVA NAMED MVP
After netting the game-winning goal in overtime in the Championship game of the conference tournament, Lopes da Silva was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player with a hat trick in the finals and four scores in the Tournament all together.
TWO TEAMS TO NCAA ACTION
For the first time in Big West Women’s Water Polo history, two teams represented the conference at the NCAA Tournament hosted by Stanford University from May 8-10 in Stanford, Calif. Hawai’i earned the league’s automatic berth and UC Irvine earned an at-large bid as the NCAA Selection Committee announced the 10-team field. This marked Irvine’s fourth trip to the tourney and UH’s second as a member of the Big West.
NCAA All-Tournament Honors
Chlow Barr, Hawai'i
Mary Brooks, UC Irvine
JILLIAN YOCUM CAPS OFF HISTORIC CAREER
UC Irvine goalkeeper Jillian Yocum’s decorated collegiate career now stands among the best for the Anteaters and the conference. With six saves in the fifth place match of the Tourney, Yocum became the all-time leader in saves in program history with 937 surpassing Lauren Machanis. Yocum’s 265 total saves this season rank fourth-best in Irvine history in a single season while her 16 saves in a single contest on Feb. 1 rank second-best all-time for the Anteaters. Yocum is also a three-time all-league first teamer and her 6.41 career goals against average is No. 1 in the Big West all-time. The ’Eaters’ 3321 career minutes rank No. 2 in league history.
BROKAW BREAKS IN
UC Santa Barbara junior goalkeeper Mackenzie Brokaw also earned a solicited No. 1 spot in the Big West record book with a 5.04 goals against average for her 2015 campaign. The third-year’s 1832 minutes in goal are 10th-best in the Big West and her 6.60 career goals against average mark ranks second-best all-time.