UC Irvine Once Again Reigns As Big West Tournament Champion
UC Irvine reigns once again as the Big West Tournament champion and has clinched an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Hawai'i and UC Santa Barbara also brought home wins on the final day of the tourney, Sunday.
Anteaters Attain Big West Crown
UC Irvine women's water polo returned to its rightful position on top of the Big West with an 11-4 win over Cal State Northridge Sunday afternoon securing its fifth Big West Tournament title and sending them back to the NCAA Tournament for the third time.
Big West Tournament MVP Hannah Croghan got things started for the 'Eaters that trailed initially as she tied the match at 1-1 midway through the first period. UCI (24-7, 5-0) would build its early lead to 3-1 after capitalizing on offense and getting a huge effort from Jillian Yocum n net as she recorded five of her 11 saves in the first.
The squads jockeyed for position in the second period as CSUN (23-9, 3-2) would pull to within one goal three times, but each time the Anteaters would answer finished off by a pinpoint shot from Croghan with just eight seconds left to keep the two-goal lead at 6-4 at the half.
The Anteater defense would resurface in the second half shutting the Matadors out while picking off numerous passes and blocking four shots from the field.
In the third period, Jessy Cardey netted her second goal of the match making her the all-time Anteater goal leader with 218 in her illustrious career surpassing Robyn Kaake who had held the mark since 2007. Cardey also made history in the second period on her first goal surpassing UC Davis' Jessica Dunn for the career tournament goal mark, which now stands in Cardey's possession with 21.
The seconds would wind down as Croghan added two more to her total in the fourth quarter for a match-high four goals, and the celebration ensued in the pool.
Top-seeded UC Irvine erased the disappointment of 2013 in scoring its fifth Big West Tournament championship in the six years of the conference. The Anteaters' win also earns them a berth in the NCAA Tournament taking place in two weeks on the campus of USC. UCI's seeding and opponent will be determined Mon. Apr. 28 at 5:00 p.m. live on ncaa.com.
Women's Water Polo Claims Third At Big West Tournament
The No. 3 seed University of Hawaii women's water polo team captured third place at the Big West Tournament with a 6-4 win over No. 4 seed and host Long Beach State at the Campus Pool on Sunday afternoon. UH concluded its season with an 19-10 overall mark, winning six of its final seven matches of the year.
One day after having it quest to repeat as Big West Tournament champions halted by Cal State Northridge in the semifinals, the Rainbow Wahine bounced back with its second win this year over the 49ers. UH got off to a fast start but needed a strong second-half effort to take down Long Beach State (19-12).
The Rainbow Wahine came out strong and scored the first three goals of the match. LBSU, however, answered with three unanswered goals of their own in the second quarter as the match was tied, 3-3, at the break.
The first nine minutes of the second half proved decisive as UH got consecutive goals by Emily Carr, Zoe Respondek and Chloe Barr to take a 6-3 lead early in the fourth quarter. It would be plenty enough for the 'Bows as they held the 49ers to just one goal in the second half to assure the win. UH got a balanced attack with six different players finding the back of the net.
The match marked the final appearances for seniors Danielle Lewis and Amy Carlson. Lewis scored UH's first goal of the match, while Carlson was part of UH's big defensive effort with three saves in the cage for the 'Bows .
No. 13 UCSB defeated No. 17 UC Davis 11-10 this morning to take fifth place in the Big West Conference Championship Tounament.
UCSB Defeats UC Davis in Fifth Place Thriller
Sophomore Jessie Porter started off the game for the Gauchos, scoring a goal right off the bat, followed by another goal from Sohomore Miranda Schrader. The Aggies were able to put up two goals of their own making it 2-2 at the end of the first quarter. Freshman Carly Christian scored two minutes into the second quarter on a power play, giving the Gauchos a one-up lead on the Aggies.
The second half began with the Aggies firing three consecutive shots on the Gauchos, but were soon to be stopped by Sophmore Lauren Martin and Freshman Brenna Thomas each scoring a goal of their own. Martin began the fourth quarter with another goal for the Gauchos, as Porter also firing another shot and goal into the Aggies net. UC Davis were able to get two goals, leaving the Gauchos behind by one with .40 seconds left in the game. Once again, Junior All-Star Lauren Martin was able to put away another goal, leading the Gauchos into overtime against the Aggies.
As the first overtime period began, Sophomore Bryn Hudson and Jessie Porter scored for the Gauchos making it 10-8. The Aggies were able to respond with another goal as well, leading the teams into the second and last quarter of overtime to play. With the consistent help from Sophomore Goalie Mackenzie Brokaw with 15 saves throughout the game, UC Davis was able to get only one more shot and goal after Carly Christian scored another for the Gauchos, but came up short at the end of the second overtime quarter leaving the 11-10 double-overtime win to the Gauchos.
UC Santa Barbara ended up getting fifth place overall in the Big West Conference Championship Tournament.