MPSF Water Polo Results, Feb. 10

Victoria Chamorro, USC (Photo by John McGillen)
Victoria Chamorro, USC (Photo by John McGillen)
Feb. 10, 2018

UCLA 10, UC San Diego 2

UCLA 12, Iona 1

Recap by UCLA

SAN DIEGO – The No. 4 UCLA women's water polo team won its first two games at the Triton Invitational Friday, defeating Iona, 12-1, and No. 15 UC San Diego, 10-2. The Bruins will return to action Sunday for a semifinal game against the winner of No. 6 Arizona State and No. 10 UC Davis. That game will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Louise Hazell, Brooke Maxson and Lizette Rozeboom each scored three goals across the Bruins' (11-0) two games at the Triton Pool Saturday. Hannah Storum was in goal for both contests, surrendering just the three goals while racking up 22 saves—15 against host UCSD.

Devin Grab scored the first of four first-quarter goals in UCLA's morning game against Iona (2-6). Maxson, Lexi Liebowitz and Bronte Halligan followed suit to quickly put the Gaels in the rearview mirror. Nicole Reynolds and Lizette Rozeboom each added a goal under the two-minute mark of the second to send the game to the half with the Bruins leading, 6-0.

Alexis Angermund scored just 28 seconds into the third stanza, while freshmen Liebowitz (her second) and Wheaton upped the Bruin advantage to 9-0. Iona got on the board in the third, but Maxson found the back of the net for her second of the morning to answer. Heading into the fourth with a 10-1 lead, Hazell and Sarah Sheldon tacked on two more goals to make it an even dozen, which would prove more than enough with Storum in goal.

The Bruins' second game of the day was nearly a mirror image of the first, as UCLA scored four first-quarter goals to take a 4-0 advantage over UCSD (5-6) after eight minutes of play. Grace Reego, Rozeboom, Maddie Musselman and Maxson would account for the scores. Reynolds, Hazell and Musselman each posted one in the second frame to increase the lead to 7-0 over the home Tritons. Musselman's second of the day raised her team-leading total to 18 on the season.

Rozeboom's second of the afternoon contest made it 8-0, before the Tritons finally broke through against Storum for their first as the third quarter neared completion. UCSD would add one more in the fourth, but not before Hazell and Sheldon each posted another for the Bruins.

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USC 14, San Diego State 2

USC 13, Sonoma State 1

Recap by USC

LA JOLLA, CALIF. — The No. 2 USC women’s water polo team continued its stingy defense through two decisive wins in group play at the Triton Invitational today. The Trojans shut out opponents in three full periods during each victory, tallying a 13-1 win over Sonoma State as goalie Victória Chamorro collected 14 saves and then notching a 14-2 victory over No. 18 San Diego State as Amanda Longan stepped in and gathered 12 saves in goal. The big offensive power of the day came from freshman Paige Hauschild, who delivered four goals in each game to help USC to a 5-0 mark on the year in securing a ticket to tomorrow’s semifinal at the tourney in La Jolla.

In the first clash of group play, USC had a morning matchup against Sonoma State and roared to a 13-0 lead before the Seawolves got on the board late in the fourth period. Senior goalie Chamorro was a force in the cage, amassing 14 saves while her Trojan teammates piled up goals on the other end. Freshman Paige Hauschild had her four goals in place by halftime, delivering a second-period hat trick to help USC craft a 9-0 lead at the break. Fellow freshman Nina Ceklic would tally a hat trick of her own as well, serving up her third during the third frame as USC worked ahead 12-0. Junior Courtney Fahey also had a multi-goal outing with a pair of blasts for the Trojan cause.

In game two, USC’s defense shined once again. After San Diego State punched up two goals in the first frame, the Trojans pitched a shutout the rest of the way, silencing the Aztecs for the last 24 minutes of action. USC had built a 6-2 lead by the end of the first, with Hauschild, Denise Mammolito and Kelsey McIntosh scoring two goals apiece in that eight-minute span. En route to the final 14-2 win, two USC freshmen scored their first career goals as Trojans, with Randi Reinhardt delivering in the second period and Kari Jensen knocking one in in the third.

USC now turns to a semifinal matchup against UC Irvine or CSUN tomorrow (Feb. 11) at 11:10 a.m. to fight for a spot in the 5:50 p.m. championship match. The Trojans have won the past four titles at the Triton Invitational and are looking to add a fifth to that string.

Arizona State 14, UC Davis 5

Recap by ASU

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The No. 6 Arizona State University water polo team picked up their second victory of the day at the UCSD Triton Invitational, defeating No. 10 UC Davis, 14-5, to advance to the Invitational semifinals tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 P.M. MST.

Arizona State captures their seventh victory over a team ranked in the CWPA Top-25, including their second over a Top-10 foe. ASU outscored their opponents, 25-10, over the two matches today and moved to 5-0 in neutral matches with the victory.

The Sun Devils will take on fellow MPSF member No. 4 UCLA tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 P.M. MST with a spot in the Invitational finals on the line.

Powered by a dominant second period in which the Sun Devils outscored the Aggies 6-0, Arizona State (8-1) used a career day from Julia Reyes to defeat the Aggies. Reyes recorded her first career hat trick to help pave the way for the Sun Devil victory. It only took one half for Maud Koopman to record her team-high fourth hat trick, as the junior scored all three of her first half goals in the lucrative second period. The Sun Devil defense, headed by Mia Rycraw, held a potent UC Davis attack (10 goals/game over their last five) scoreless over a 10:58 stretch in the first half, including the entire second period.

Multi-goal performances from four different Sun Devils helped ASU tie their highest scoring output of the season (W, 14-9 vs. No. 21 Princeton). The goal differential of nine represented the largest margin of victory for the Arizona State since they defeated No. 25 Cal Baptist, 12-3, in the season opener.

After UC Davis (5-5) opened the scoring in the first period, the Sun Devils would respond and quickly find themselves back in the lead. Kayla Casas scored with 5:41 left in the first and tied it at one for the Sun Devils after getting in the scorebook earlier in the day. A little over 30 seconds later, Julia Reyes matched her teammate with a goal of her own to put the Sun Devils ahead for the first time, 2-1, with 5:08 left in the first.

With both teams battling to find their offensive rhythm midway through the first, the Sun Devils would earn a penalty shot with a chance to extend the lead and earn momentum. Maud Koopman would step up and cash in the opportunity, putting the Sun Devils up 3-1. Koopman was not done in the period, answering a UC Davis goal with one of her own, scoring on the power play to put the Sun Devils up 4-2 at the end of the first period.

The scoring would just be getting started for the Sun Devils, as the offense began to fire on all cylinders and play unselfishly in the second period. Arizona State scored four goals in the first 3:30 of the period, with both Lena Mihailovic and Bente Rogge tallying two-goals apiece. Each notched their fifth multi-goal performance of the year. Alkistis Benekou would add her 20th goal of the season, to help ASU outscore UC Davis 6-0 in the period. Maud Koopman scored on the Sun Devils final possession of the half, giving Arizona State a 10-2 lead heading into the break.

Julia Reyes opened the scoring in the second half, registering her second goal of the game to give the Sun Devils a 11-2 lead. A UC Davis goal with 4:44 left in the third period would snap a streak of seven consecutive unanswered ASU goals. A career night would continue for Reyes, as she responded to a pair of UC Davis goals with a goal to make it 12-4 at the end of the third period.

A back-and-forth final period would ensue, with the Arizona State defense settling in and taking control of the game allowing the Aggies attack little space to operate. Rosie Huck put the first tally on the scoreboard for ASU in the final period, her first goal of the game. After scoring earlier in the day, Catherine Simko joined in on the scoring once again to give the Sun Devils a 14-4 lead. A UC Davis goal with 1:34 left snapped another long scoring drought for the Aggies, this one lasting 9:07 between the third and fourth periods. That would be all the Aggies could muster in the final period, with the Sun Devils ending the game on a 11-3 run over the final 26:58 of the contest. Mia Rycraw finished the evening with nine saves.

The Sun Devils move on to the UCSD Triton Invitational semifinals against No. 4 UCLA. They will take on the Bruins tomorrow at 1:30 P.M. MST in Triton Pool. ASU will then, depending on the results of the semifinals matchups, move on to face either No. 2 USC or No. 7 UC Irvine. Stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook accounts and check out our website for more information.

Arizona State 11, CSU East Bay 5

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The No. 6 Arizona State University water polo team opened up the UCSD Triton Invitational with a comfortable 11-5 victory over Cal State East Bay Saturday afternoon at Triton Pool.

The victory advances the Sun Devils to the winner's bracket, where they remain at Triton Pool to face the winner of the No. 10 UC Davis/No. 19 Loyola Marymount matchup at 6:20 p.m. MST later this evening.

The Sun Devils (7-1) were powered all afternoon by an extremely balanced attack, which has become an identity for the Sun Devils offense. Four different Sun Devils managed to record multi-goal performances, including the first career occurrence for Meghan Beaudet. With her two goals on the afternoon, Benekou has now has 19 goals on the season and has recorded a multi-goal game in seven of the first eight games this season. Arizona State's defense, anchored by goalie Belen Ehinger making her first career start, held Cal State East Bay to just five goals, tied for its lowest output of the season.

Mihailovic got the Sun Devils on the board first with a goal coming just 20 seconds into the first period. Alkistis Benekou would add a goal of her own shortly after, making it 2-0 ASU with 5:56 left in the first. Cal State East Bay would finally break through with their first goal midway through the first. The Sun Devils would control the remaining action of the first period. P.J. Allin found the scoring touch, tallying back-to-back goals to help Arizona State finish the period leading 4-1.

Both teams settled in defensively in the second, with neither team cracking the scoreboard in the period until the 2:56 mark. That is when Alkistis Benekou stepped up and sent her second goal of the game past the goalkeeper to put the Sun Devils up 5-1. Celebrating her birthday in proper fashion, Meghan Beaudet would extend the ASU lead with a goal of her own to make it 6-1 Sun Devils. Arizona State would take a 6-2 lead into the halftime break.

The Sun Devils picked up where they left off after a strong first 16 minutes. Bente Rogge would get make sure the Sun Devils were the ones on the board first after the half, burying one in the back of the net to make it 7-2 ASU. A little over a minute later, Lena Mihailovic notched another multi-goal game thanks to her tally with 5:18 left in the half. Mihailovic now has a multi-goal game in four of her first five games this season.

The scoring would not stop there, as the Sun Devils offense was clicking on all cylinders. Kayla Casas would round out the scoring in the period for the Sun Devils with her goal putting Arizona State up 9-3 at the end of the third period.

Entering the fourth with a solid lead, the Sun Devils continued to be aggressive and apply pressure in the final period. Catherine Simko became the sixth different Sun Devil to record a goal when she rocketed one past the goalie to make it 10-3 Arizona State early in the fourth. Meghan Beaduet continued to build upon her best performance in her young Sun Devil career, scoring her second goal of the game for her first career multi-goal outing. With the victory, Arizona State moves to 4-0 in neutral matches.

The Sun Devils will return to action later this evening at the UCSD Triton Invitational. The Sun Devils await the winner of the No. 10 UC Davis/No. 19 Loyola Marymount matchup, which is currently taking place at Triton Pool. The winner's bracket matchup will take place tonight at 6:20 P.M. MST in Triton Pool, where the Sun Devils will compete for a spot in the tournament semifinals. Follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts for updates and visit our website for more information.