No. 13 UC San Diego cruises past Colorado State into WWPA semifinal
No. 13 UC San Diego will play in the 2013 Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championship game on Sunday after defeating Colorado State 14-6 in Saturday’s semifinal round.
The Tritons, now 24-13 and 8-0 in conference play will face the winner of game eight between Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara in Sunday’s title game.
UCSD’s starting lineup pulled together to account for 10 of the Tritons' 14 goals against Colorado State, while Sarah Lizotte scored a team high four goals.
Rachel Brooks scored in the opening possession after Jolene Guiliana took the opening sprint. Sarah Lizotte and Julia Kirkland each tacked on one goal apiece to put the Tritons at a 3-2 lead after the first quarter of play.
The Tritons gained separation in the second quarter, scoring two of their five total 6-on-5 goals before halftime.
Lizotte netted two goals in the third quarter to lead the Tritons to their largest run of the afternoon, posting five goals in the third while holding the Rams off. With a last second man-up goal by Lizotte, the Tritons took a 12-5 lead into the final eight minutes of play.
Two unanswered goals with 4:23 remaining sealed the Tritons victory, as CSU scored its lone goal of the second half with just 39 seconds remaining.
Guiliana posted three assists, bringing her season total to 62 and breaking the long standing single-season record of 60 set in 2003 by Danielle Boyle.
Courtney Miller played the complete game in cage for UCSD, recording eight saves and one steal.