No. 1 UC Irvine Completes Four-Peat, Downs No. 2 UC Davis For Big West Crown
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2012 Big West Women's Water Polo Tournament Central
No. 1 UCI vs. No. 2 UCD Scoresheet
No. 3 UCSB vs. No. 4 CSUN Scoresheet
No. 5 LBSU vs. No. 6 PAC Scoresheet
Junior attacker Jessy Cardey scored four goals en route to tournament MVP honors, leading sixth-ranked and top-seeded UC Irvine to a 10-5 victory over UC Davis in the Big West Conference championship game at Schaal Aquatics Center Sunday afternoon.
Additionally, Cal State Northridge won the third-place contest over UC Santa Barbara by a 6-5 final, while Long Beach State beat Pacific, 9-3, in the fifth-place game earlier in the day.
The Anteaters advance to the NCAA Championship, hosted by San Diego State on May 11-13. This is the fourth year the Big West Conference has sponsored women's water polo. UCI has won all four championships.
Cardey's four goals helped UC Irvine run out to an early lead against the 10th-ranked and second-seeded host in Sunday's afternoon title game. Senior Katie Croghan and sophomore Hillary Estrada each had two goals in support of the tournament MVP.
Juniors Jessica Dunn and Carmen Eggert each had two goals for the Aggies. Senior Kaylee Queipo-Miller added UC Davis' fifth goal.
The Anteaters opened with four unanswered during the first five minutes of play. Cardey had two of those scores, hitting a shot from the three position at the 5:05 mark then collecting an assist from Michaela Pierandozzi with 2:52 to go. UC Davis finally got on the board with 1:09 left in the first period when Ariel Feeney drew a five-meter foul and Dunn converted the penalty shot.
As in the opening frame, the lone Aggie goal in the second quarter came on a five-meter penalty. Senior Dakotah Mohr drew the foul and Eggert hit the ensuing shot. However, UC Irvine shot 4-for-7 in the second to build its halftime lead to 8-2.
Dunn connected on a bar-in shot from outside then assisted Dunn on a 6-on-5 attempt on the strong side to allow the Aggies to cut the lead to 8-4 through the third. However, UC Davis never approached closer than that four-goal margin. Estrada planted an outside shot as the possession clock wound down to open the fourth and Cardey finished a counterattack at 2:58 to put the 'Eaters in double digits.
The Aggies shot just 5-for-27 in the contest while the Anteaters managed 10-for-24.
No. 4 Cal State Northridge Outlasts No. 3 UC Santa Barbara In Third Place Match
Senior goalkeeper Dana Harvey's stop of Shelby Haroldson's weakside shot with three seconds remaining preserved Cal State Northridge's 6-5 win over UC Santa Barbara in Sunday's third-place contest. Six different Matadors scored a goal apiece in the victory.
Freshman Claryann Olofsson-Loo netted two goals for the Gauchos, but her team shot just 5-for-31 as a whole. Junior Ruth Milne tallied seven saves for UCSB.
For CSUN, Melissa Doll, Molly Henehan, Katie Kammer, Lindsy Nelson, Marisa Young and Kelcie Ferreira each scored one goal. Kammer hit an outside shot with 1:55 in the second quarter then assisted Nelson for another at the 0:39 mark to propel the Mats to a 4-3 halftime edge.
After a mostly scoreless battle early in the third, Northridge extended its lead to 5-3 on Young's two-meter goal with 2:01 remaining. Kacey Creek converted a pass from Rachel Nelson on the next possession to cut the deficit to one, then Haroldson finished a Gaucho counterattack to knot the score at 5-5 with 19 ticks before the fourth.
UCSB had a chance to regain the lead on a five-meter penalty shot but Bryce Winton's shot sailed wide left of the cage. Ferreira then hit the go-ahead from the one spot, sending her shot just inside the opposite post and out of Milne's reach.
The Gauchos took three shots in the final minute but could not equalize.
No. 5 Long Beach State Earns Fifth Place With Victory Over No. 6 Pacific
Sophomore defender Coriann Snyder scored four goals while sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Ringel recorded 10 blocks to lead Long Beach State to a 9-3 victory over Pacific in Sunday morning's fifth-place contest.
Snyder scored two goals in her team's four-goal second quarter, completed her hat trick on a two-meter goal assisted by Claire Martin at 6:24 in the third, then tallied her fourth from outside with 2:45 left in the third.
Freshman Taylor Adair netted two goals and Michele Relton had 10 goalie saves for Pacific, but the Tigers never threatened after falling behind by the 5-1 halftime deficit. Adair's goal from two meters broke a nearly 12-minute scoring drought midway through the third to bring the score to 6-2.
Pacific finishes its season at 11-17. Long Beach State closes the year with a 12-17 mark.