Five Women's Water Polo Clubs Head To Triton Invitational
Big West Women's Water Polo Weekly Release No. 4
The pool will be full of talent this weekend as the Triton Invitational is in the spotlight this weekend. Five of the league's six clubs will be in attendance, broken up into four brackets for the three-day competition which will include some of the top teams in the country.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
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).
Challenges Galore In San Diego
This weekend will seem like a mini-Big West Tournament as five of the league’s six teams will participate in the Triton Invitational. The field is loaded with top flight clubs incluing #3 UCLA, #8 Michigan, #9 Arizona State, #13 Loyola Marymount and homestanding 20th-ranked UC San Diego.
Gauchos off to Big Start
UC Santa Barbara is off to the best start in program history following an impressive showing at the ASU Cross Conference Challenge. The Gauchos dropped Iona, #25 Azusa Pacific, #12 Pacific, #24 Cal Baptist and the host #7 Sun Devils in a perfect weekend. UCSB is 3-1 against higher ranked opposition and is on a five-match win streak for the first time since 2013.
Big West in the Rankings
The hot start of the league has not gone unnnoticed each of the league’s clubs are ranked in the top 25. Three of the six are in the top 10 led by Hawai’i at #5, UC Irvine at #6 and Hawai’i at #7. UC Davis is next at #11 with #16 Long Beach State and #22 CSUN completing the list.
The Vet and The Youngin’
The UC Davis offense has been led by a familiar face and a new one so far this season. Junior Annie Kutt (16) goals and freshman Noelle Wijnbelt (19) have accounted for 35 of the 97 goals scored so far by the Aggies. The club has a goal from the duo in all but two games this season and has seen seven hat tricks from the high scoring pair.