This weekend, January 21st and 22nd, UC San Diego Women’s Club Water Polo traveled to UC Davis to get some extra practice before the start of their conference season in February. After a long night of travelling to cold and barren Northern California, the ladies were ready to get down to business in the pool. UC San Diego finished the tournament with a record of 3-1. The drive home consisted of thunder and lightning, a direct representation of the storm the Tritons brought to the UC Davis pool.
The Lady Tritons ended the first match of the tournament with a win over Oregon’s B Team (19-1). Despite the long night of travelling the Tritons endured, these Oregon Ducklings were no match for the Tritons, allowing the Tritons to score 19 goals. This first match showcased just how well-rounded the UC San Diego roster is, with goals from six different Tritons, including a whopping 5 goals from Macey “Mom” Rafter.
The second match of the day was against Oregon A. After a slow beginning, the Tritons began to rise above the Ducks, with an ending score of 14-4. Again, the Tritons brought their A-Game from all over the roster with goals from 5 different Tritons and an outstanding goalie performance by Camerin “Grami” Cunningham, whose first time in the cage was this tournament.
After a spaghetti dinner and a long night of storms, the Tritons faced UC Davis B for their first Sunday match. UC San Diego embodied the spirit of King Triton himself, out-swimming their land-horse Aggie opponents 15-5. Even with their small travel roster, the Tritons pulled goals from again 6 different Tritons, including 6 goals from Hannah “Shrek” Caskey, 4 from Cathleen “Pup” Nguyen, 2 from Natalie “Supermodel” Popescu, and 1 goal each from Rafter, McKenzie “McRib” Nelson, and Allison “Kreamer” Kramer.
The long weekend finally caught up to the Tritons in their last match of the weekend. The Tritons fell 13-8 to the Cal Poly Mustangs, but it was not without a fight. As the rain fell and the Tritons fought, they racked up 8 goals against their brutal opponent, with a stand-out 4 goals and 4 steals from Caskey, and 1 goal each from Rafter, Kramer, Popescu, and Kinsey “Kids Meal” Van Deynze. Although the Tritons did not pull through in this match, they are now ready to put in the work needed to prepare for their upcoming conference opener tournament on February 25-26, in the comfort of King Triton’s very own Canyonview Aquatic Center at UC San Diego.
The Tritons had their first tournament of the 2016-2017 season at San Diego State on November 19th-November 20th. With over 12 new players to the team, the Tritons pulled through with an overall record of 3-1 to start the season.
On Saturday, the Tritons started off slow against the USC Trojans losing 5-8. Notable highlights came from Katie “Brad” Archer, who had the most assists of the game. Going into the next game the Tritons faced the 2016 CWPA National Champs UC Santa Barbara and ended up defeating the Gauchos 16-11. One fellow Triton, Mckenzie “McRib” Nelson had several assists and put up numbers on the score board helping lead the Tritons to victory along with offensive threat Hannah “Shrek” Caskey.
After a good night’s rest the Tritons came back on Sunday ready for action. The first game of the day started off with some drizzle and after leaping into the cold water the Tritons defeated Cal Poly in a close game 11-9 with goals across the roster from Caskey, Natalie “Liele” Le, Cathleen “Pup” Nguyen, Kinsey “Kids Meal” Van Deynze, and Allison “Kreamer” Kramer. At sunset, the Tritons came back with high energy defeating Arizona State 15-9 with leading scorers Caskey and Macey “Mom” Rafter. Spotlight shifted to Cami “Grami” Cunningham who scored her first goal ever in her career, a beautiful shot underneath the goalie’s arm.
The UC San Diego Women’s Water Polo team is excited for their upcoming season with new faces and talent added to the team’s roster. After a wonderful performance of some new players, as well as some fantastic returners, the Tritons are ready for their next tournament in their home pool in February.
Southwest Division Championship 4/9-4/10
The Women’s Club Water Polo team entered the Southwest Division Championships with a second place standing and the desire to win. After Spring Break, the Tritons had implemented extra practices and trained with the force of a great typhoon. The day had arrived, and the Tritons had never been so ready.
The first game was against the sixth place seed, the University of Arizona. The Tritons started the game out strong, scoring many goals during the first quarter and gaining a strong lead. They were able to maintain this lead throughout the game and hold off the Wildcats. The Tritons won 16-7, and were warmed up to play their next opponent, Arizona State, the only team keeping them from facing San Diego State.
When the Tritons played the Sun Devils last, their game went into double overtime and then sudden death. Even though the Tritons had won, they were nervous about playing the Sun Devils again, because they knew a win was necessary. The game started out with two quick shots from the Sun Devils, leaving the Tritons down by two in only a couple of minutes. However, those shots were answered by four shots from the Tritons, giving them a two point lead by the end of the first quarter. From there, the Tritons kept their lead, and although the Sun Devils got close to catching up a couple of times, the Tritons held them off for a 14-10 win.
The day that everybody had been waiting for had arrived. The Tritons were playing the Aztecs for the division championship. Even the sun had come out to watch this game. The game started off rough for both teams, balls were being stolen and shots were barring out. At the end of the first quarter, the score was only 4-2 Aztecs. Both teams were playing excellent defense and were getting very tired. The score remained close for the first half. However, during the second half, the Tritons were kept from scoring any new points, and the Aztecs pulled ahead, leading to a devastating loss for the Tritons 4-11.
The Tritons ended the season in second place, with a 12-3 record. As a graduating senior, all I can say is I am very proud of these girls. They worked so hard throughout the season, and although the Aztecs were our kryptonite, these girls were so dedicated and passionate that I know they will continue being a formidable team next year. Go Tritons!
Tritons had the home advantage this weekend as they hosted the second tournament of the year for the Southwest Division on February 21st-22nd at Canyonview Aquatic Center. Going undefeated into the tournament, the Tritons were ready to keep their first place standing in league. After a long weekend, the Tritons won 3 of their 4 games during the tournament making them (7-1) in their season so far.
On Saturday, the Tritons faced for the first time this season San Diego State’s “B” team with a slow start to the game but began to pick up the tempo winning 12-7 against the Aztecs. Later on at night the Tritons faced Arizona State University, whom they had previously beaten (9-6) at the Aztec Invitational in mid-November. Tritons set the tempo coming out ready to win while the Sun Devils gave a hard fight right back. With 45 seconds left in the fourth quarter and down by 2 goals the Tritons came back with 2 exciting goals from Christy Armstrong (Senior / Guard) and Cathleen Nguyen (Junior / 2M) to tie the game going into overtime. With help from the crowd, especially the Presidents of Men’s Club Volleyball Chris and Jordan, the Tritons were able to get pumped for overtime. With a score of 10-10 after the overtime, the Tritons and Sun Devils went into a battle of sudden death. The Sun Devils could not defeat the power of the Tritons, as Cathleen Nguyen buried the final goal in the back of net winning (11-10) against Arizona State.
Sunday morning had a slow start as the Tritons faced University of Arizona, a new addition to the conference, for the first time this season. After a two quarters the Tritons were able to execute their offensive strategies winning (16-8) against the Wildcats. The most anticipated game of the weekend occurred late Sunday afternoon as the Tritons had their final game against San Diego State “A”. The Tritons came out strong for the first half putting up a fight against the quick offense from the Aztecs. The Aztecs took a lead during the fourth quarter, defeating the Tritons (8-12).
After a long weekend the Tritons lead scorers were Hannah Caskey (Sophomore / Driver) with 10 goals, Cathleen Nguyen with 7 goals, and Macey Rafter (Junior / 2M) and Nicki Prohaska (Senior / 2M) each with 6 goals.
The Tritons will be preparing to travel to University of Arizona March 5th-6th to take on the Anteaters, Aztecs, and Wildcats in their third tournament before Championships on April 9th-10th.
Thou Shalt Not Steal!
The women’s club water polo team went undefeated in the Aztec Invitational at San Diego State this weekend, November 21st through the 22nd. With a talented group of new players, as well as the strong returning group, the Tritons won all four of their games.
On Saturday, the Tritons beat USC (11-9) and ASU (9-6). The first game against the Trojans was slow to start. At the half, the Tritons only held the lead by one point. However, they fought hard to maintain their lead and win the game. ASU proved to be a formidable opponent. The combination of rough playing and a strong hole set gave the Tritons a bit of trouble. After only having a one game break, the Tritons fought through their fatigue, and proved that the Sun Devils could not stop the power of the Tritons and their Sun God as they won again for their second game of the day.
Sunday started off with a game against UC Santa Cruz. The UC San Diego team started the game with a flurry of goals. The Banana Slugs tried to make a comeback, but the Tritons thoroughly held them off to win the game 8-4.
The last game of the tournament was against UC Irvine. The Tritons took a 5-1 lead in the first quarter, but the Anteaters made a comeback, making the score 9-8 Tritons in the fourth quarter. The Tritons rallied and held off the Anteaters to win the game. The final score was 10-8.
The UC San Diego women’s water polo team is excited for their upcoming season after playing in this tournament. ASU and UCI are both in their division, which looks toward a hopeful season. After a wonderful performance of some new players, as well as some fantastic returners, the Tritons are ready for their next tournament at SDSU in February.
University of Arizona Tournament 3/5-3/6
This previous weekend the UC San Diego Women’s club water polo team travelled to the University of Arizona for their second and final league tournament before the division championship. While facing the harsh Tucson sunlight and sunburns so red they would make a lobster jealous, the Tritons were able to fight their way to victory in three out of four of their games, putting them in second place going into champs.
Their first game on Saturday was against the SDSU B team. Although the Tritons faced a slow start, only leading by one point after the first quarter, they were able to pull away from the Aztecs in the second quarter to gain a five point lead. Most of the Tritons’ points were scored in the second quarter and from a plethora of players, including Katie Archer, Jessica Iacovelli, Taylor Arnett, Macey Rafter, Nicki Prohaska, and Cathleen Nguyen. The Tritons beat the Aztecs 11-7.
The second game on Saturday was against the University of Arizona. Although the Wildcats had the home team advantage, the Tritons were able to hold them off and gain a 17-8 victory. With goals from Emma Neil, Katie Archer, Hannah Caskey, Taylor Arnett, Natalie Le, Macey Rafter, Nicki Prohaska, and Cathleen Nguyen, the Tritons rather consistently scored five goals per quarter, the exception being last. The Tritons respectfully told the Wildcats to bear down for the power of the ocean that was about to dominate their desert town.
The Tritons’ last game on Saturday was against UC Irvine. After playing two games and being stuck in the Arizona sunlight for hours, the Tritons found their last game to be their toughest one of the day. The Tritons started off the game strong, holding the Anteaters to one goal, as the Tritons scored four. However, the Anteaters were out to win it, and within the second quarter, came back to only be one point behind the Tritons. The second half of the game was a constant changing of whp had the lead. Both teams wanted to win and the stakes were high. Finally, in the last quarter, Macey Rafter and Natalie Popescu sealed the Tritons’ fate, as they scored to give the Tritons an 11-10 win over the Anteaters.
The Tritons had their final game on Sunday against the SDSU A team. Unfortunately after a long weekend of water polo, the Tritons could not defeat the Aztecs, and lost 2-15. Although they put up a good fight, the Aztecs overpowered the Tritons once more. The top scorers of the weekend were Macey Rafter and Nicki Prohaska with eight goals each, Hannah Caskey with seven goals, and Taylor Arnett with four goals.
The Tritons are going into their division championships, April 9th-10th at San Diego State. They are currently in 2nd place in their league, with a 6-2 record within their league and a 10-2 record overall.
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