First Place Hawai'i Looks To Continue Hot Start On Mainland
Big West Women's Water Polo Weekly Release No. 3
After opening the season with four straight wins, Hawai'i comes to the mainland for a tough weekend of matches in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas. The Rainbows' league-best start has been powered by an impressive offensive unit that has amassed 60 goals in those four contests.
Elsewhere two more tournaments are on the docket for Big West clubs. UC Santa Barbara, owners of a 4-1 mark, return to action in Tempe, Ariz., for the Sun Devil Invitational. The Gauchos, ranked 10th in the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association poll, will take on Azusa Pacific, Princeton, Cal Baptist, Iona and homestanding Arizona State. UC Davis will take a short trip west to the Farm for the Stanford Invitational. The Aggies will take on Michigan, Pacific and Indiana in a tough slate of contests.
Big West Celebrates 50/35
The 2018-19 season marks the 50th anniversary for men’s sports in the Big West Conference, and the 35th for women’s. All season long, the Big West Conference will celebrate the history of all conference sports. Join us as we pay homage to the student-athletes, coaches, staffs, communities and fans who have helped pave the way.
• The first Player of the Year in Big West Women’s Water Polo history was bestowed on former UC Irvine great Gianna Rossi. In her lone season of Big West competition, Rossi scored 67 goals, scored in 15 consecutive contests and recorded four or more goals on seven different occasions. She is one of six Players of the Year from the UCI program, more than the rest of the schools in the league combined.
• UC Santa Barbara’s Ruth Milne (2010-13) is definitely in the conversation for best goalkeeper in league history. Milne is the career Big West leader in saves (1,187) and minutes played (3,474) in addition to ranking fourth in saves per game (10.93) and eighth in goals against average (7.38). Milne is also the conference single season leader in saves (405) and saves per game (12.00).
Kutt Nearly Leads The Upset
UC Davis junior Annie Kutt put up an impressive offensive performance to lead her club to a near upset of #4 California. Kutt scored a career-high five goals against the Bears, almost accounting for half the Aggie scores in a 13-11 loss.
‘Bows Down Sun Devils...Again
#7 Hawai’i hosted #5 Arizona State in a top 7 matchup last weekend, with the ‘Bows coming out on top by a 10-7 margin. It marked the fourth straight win over ASU for UH and upped its record in the all-time series to 16-4. Hawai’i hasn’t lost to Arizona State since a 7-6 setback on April 28, 2012.
While most focused on the return of Mary Brooks to the UC Irvine lineup, the club already has a formidable offensive threat in junior Mary Prentice. Last season Prentice was named first team All-Big West and second team All-America after scoring 41 goals and adding 25 assists. So far this season, the duo of Brooks (8) and Prentice (10) has combined for 21 of the 52 goals that the Anteaters have scored.
Pfister Turns Away The Shots
CSUN’s Emma Pfister has been turning heads in her first season as a starter between the pipes. The sophomore has recorded 40 saves in only four matches and recorded a .471 save percentage. She has played well against quality competition as she recorded nine saves against #9 Michigan.