May 8, 2009

COLLEGE PARK, MD - The University of Hawai`i women's water polo team used a strong second half to put away Loyola Marymount and earn an 11-7 victory Friday night in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship hosted by the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.

Leonie Van Der Molen led the way in the second half, scoring four goals as the Rainbow Wahine outscored the Lions 3-0 in the final quarter.

The No. 4 seed Rainbow Wahine will now face the No. 1 seed USC Trojans in the national semifinal on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. USC beat No. 8 Cal Lutheran 22-2 on Friday.

"I thought the team played really well tonight," Head Coach Michel Roy said. "We played excellent defense in the second half and pulled away."

UH also received a solid game from Serena Bredin in goal, as she recorded eight saves, including stopping a penalty shot.

The Rainbow Wahine got on the board first, scoring back-to-back goals to open the match by Dagmar Genee and Carmen Eggens. LMU came back to score three straight, but Kelly Mason scored before the end of the quarter, tying the match 3-3.

In the second quarter, the Lions scored on the opening possession, but Genee scored her second goal of the match to tie the score and Ryan Hanson-Swaner put UH up 5-4 with a rocket-shot for a goal. Saara Majuri added a late goal for the Rainbow Wahine to give them a 6-4 at the break.

Loyola Marymount got on the board first to cut the lead to one, but Leonie Van Der Molen scored two goals to give UH an 8-6 lead. LMU closed the quarter with one goal, giving UH an 8-7 lead going into the fourth.

To start the fourth quarter, Lisa van Raalte scored to give the Rainbow Wahine a 9-7 lead with just under six minutes left in the match. Van Der Molen scored the final two goals of the match to seal the win.

Earlier in the day, No. 2 Stanford beat No. 7 Marist, 21-5 and No. 3 UCLA beat No. 6 Michigan, 13-6.

LMU - 3, 1, 3, 0 - 7
HAWAI`I - 3, 3, 2, 3 - 11

LMU - Nicole Hughes (3), Daisy Carrillo, Anne Scott, Mary Ann Campos, Casey Flacks
HAWAI`I - Leonie Van Der Molen (4), Dagmar Genee (2), Carmen Eggens, Kelly Mason, Ryan Hanson-Swaner, Saara Majuri, Lisa van Raalte

LMU - Eliana Arellano (7)
HAWAI`I - Serena Bredin (8)