Tayler Peters, San Jose State
March 18, 2017
Saturday, March 18
*UCLA 10, California 4
Recap by UCLA
LOS ANGELES – The No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team, behind seven second-half goals, defeated No. 4 California at Spieker Aquatics Center Saturday, 10-4. Rachel Fattal led the way with four goals, including the 202nd of her career, which moved her into third place on the UCLA all-time scoring list.
In a quiet first quarter that saw neither team able to capitalize on an exclusion, Maddie Musselman netted the game's opening goal with 43 seconds remaining in the frame. That was the lone score of the quarter, which ended with the Bruins in the lead, 1-0. Goalies Carlee Kapana of UCLA and Madeline Trabucco of Cal were busy over the game's first eight minutes, as the Bruin keeper tallied four saves, while Cal's posted three of her own. Kapana finished with 11 on the game, while Trabucco posted six.
It did not take nearly as long to get scoring started in the second frame, as Kodi Hill converted 36 seconds into the period to push the Bruin lead to 2-0. California's Emma Wright posted a six-on-five goal at 5:45 to cut the Golden Bears' deficit in half. The teams traded the next two goals, as Rachel Whitelegge posted her second of the season at 4:40 and Anna Illes posted added another six-on-five score to send the game into the half with the Bruins leading 3-2.
The Bruins netted another quick score to open the second half, as Mackenzie Barr scored her first of the game and 11th of the season just 32 seconds into the half. Past the midway point of the frame, Cal would not let the Bruins get out of its sight, as Stephanie Mutafyan trimmed the Golden Bear deficit to one at 3:28 on yet another six-on-five goal.
While the teams' first meeting (Feb. 26) was decided on a Fattal penalty shot with 17 seconds remaining, eerily similar circumstances turned Saturday's game, as well. With another five-meter opportunity, the redshirt senior converted for her first goal of the game and started an onslaught of personal and team success.
Kodi Hill ended the third quarter with her second goal of the game, but the fourth quarter belonged to Fattal. The attacker scored three of the Bruins' four goals over the first 5:04 of the final frame, including one four seconds into the quarter on a six-on-five attempt to extend the Bruin lead to 7-3. She added one at 6:28 of the frame and her fourth and final at 2:56 to answer the second by Illes. Alys Williams tacked on one more to give the Bruins a 10-4 victory.
Cal's Dora Antal, who posted three goals in the teams' first meeting, was forced to leave the game with three exclusions and zero goals scored.
*Arizona State 16, CSU BAKERSFIELD 8
CSU BAKERSFIELD 9, CSU East Bay 5
Arizona State vs. Princeton (at CSUB)
Friday, March 17
Usc 9, HAWAII 8
Recap by USC
HONOLULU, HAWAI’I — The top-ranked USC women’s water polo team sweated out a tense road match in Honolulu tonight, making a fourth-period comeback push to cap off a 9-8 win over No. 8 host Hawai’i. The Trojans trailed by two goals in the second period and by one entering the fourth, but with the clock winding down it was USC’s seniors who stepped up in the final moments. With the game tied up, some hard work from Brigitta Games got USC a 5-meter penalty shot with 19 seconds left. Stephania Haralabidis rifled it in, and USC had the lead in-hand, fending off the Rainbow Wahine to lock up the Trojans’ 48th consecutive win. USC is now 21-0 overall in 2017 with tonight’s road win.
Stephania Haralabidis was an offensive constant for the Trojans once again. She plugged in five goals for USC in the win, striking the opening goal for the Trojans and then pouring on four goals in the second half, including the game-winner. Haralabidis’ opener was answered by three straight scores from Hawai’i, and USC was playing catchup with the Rainbow Wahine for the next stretch. Kelsey McIntosh closed the gap to 3-2 during the second, but Hawai’i fired right back. Avery Peterson hauled her Trojans within one soon after, only to see the Rainbow Wahine again pad their lead. A bomb from distance by USC’s Brianna Daboub had USC within one at halftime, down 5-4 to host Hawai’i.
In the second half, Haralabids made her stand. Games earned an ejection for the Trojans, and Haralabidis converted to pull USC even. Haralabids would hit again next, and USC had its first lead for the first time since early in the first period. Two more Hawai’i goals came next, putting USC behind once more, down 7-6 as the third period came to a close. In the fourth, Daboub whizzed in a power play goal to snarl it up at 7-7. After a defensive stop by the Trojans, USC came out of the timeout and had Amanda Longan hit Haralabidis for the go-ahead goal, up 8-7. A lob shot would make its way through for the Rainbow Wahine to bring up another tie, but that’s when USC’s last-minute heroics came through in the clutch, with Games getting USC the penalty chance and Haralabidis burying it for the game-winner.
USC now returns home to Uytengsu Aquatics Center for a long-awaited home stand of five games. On Thursday (March 23), USC will host Princeton at 5 p.m. in a nonconference clash televised by Pac-12 Networks. Then, USC sets up for a doubleheader on Saturday (Match 25), with a 1 p.m. MPSF matchup against San Jose State followed by a nonconference game against Hartwick at 2:30 p.m.
SAN JOSE STATE 5, Harvard 3
Recap by SJSU
Saratoga, Calif.----- Goalkeeper Tayler Peters stopped a season-high 13 shots including a 5-meter penalty shot leading San Jose State to a 5-3 women's water polo non-conference win over Harvard.
Peters preserved the Spartans' 4-3 lead when she denied Harvard's best chance to tie the score in the second half at the 2:43 mark of the third quarter.
"She (the Harvard shooter) shifted a little bit to the left. You (as a goalie) have to pick a side to stop penalty shots. I felt good going to the right. I picked the right side and I was able to watch the ball correctly," Peters said about one of the key plays in the match.
"She (Tayler) came out big. She started playing really well at the San Diego State tournament and she brought her form to this weekend as well -- great blocks, good passing, very reliable," said San Jose State head coach Gabor Sarusi about one of the Spartans' two co-captains.
The win by #14-ranked San Jose State (9-13) was its second in a row and the third time in the last five matches an opponent failed to score more than five goals. Harvard was limited to a season-low three goals for the second time this season.
San Jose State's shooting was off target again, but the Spartans scored just enough for the victory. Cara Robinson and Sheila Jensen each scored twice in the first half and Klaudia Paradi added a key insurance goal with 5:44 remaining in the match. Jensen's two goals in the final 3:15 of the second quarter broke a 2-2 tie and put the Spartans ahead to stay.
"Again, we kept a ranked team to three goals, which is always good. Our defense helped us out. If we can keep it a low scoring game, that always helps us," said Sarusi.
San Jose State relied on its power-play defense en route to a win. #20-ranked Harvard (7-9) was 1-of-10 on power play chances. In the last five matches, the Spartans allowed just four scores in 41 power-play situations.
"Our defense was pretty solid. They helped me on defense. It was just a question that our shots weren't going in," the Spartans goalkeeper commented.
San Jose State returns to action, Saturday, March 25, at #1-ranked University of Southern California in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match starting at 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 16
USC 15, Indiana 2 (at Hawaii)
Recap by USC
HONOLULU, HAWAI’I — The top-ranked USC women’s water polo team has set a new national women’s record in collecting its 47th consecutive victory today with a 15-2 win over No. 15 Indiana in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The Trojans had tied the nation’s best women’s win streak in opening MPSF play with a victory on March 4. Today in a neutral nonconference clash against the Hoosiers, USC manufactured a 12-goal scoring surge to string up yet another Trojan victory and improve to 20-0 overall in 2017.
A quick 2-0 lead was built by the Trojans on goals from Avery Peterson and Ioanna Haralabidis before the Hoosiers broke through with a score. That prompted a powerful response from USC, which fired off a 12-goal surge to get safely clear of Indiana. Senior Nikki Stansfield issued a hat trick in the second quarter to help build an 11-1 halftime lead for the Trojans, who ballooned that lead out to 14-1 by the end of the third.
Goalies Amanda Longan and Victória Chamorro split time in the cage for this one, backing up a powerful defensive stand for the Trojans that was paired with a balanced offensive effort. Nikki Stansfield led the way on the scoring front with her hat trick, while eight more Trojans got in on the scoring effort in the record-breaking victory for the Women of Troy.
USC now turns to face host Hawai’i in the finale to the Trojans’ Spring Break training trip in Honolulu. USC takes on the No. 8 Rainbow Wahine at 9 p.m. PT tomorrow (March 17) in Honolulu.