Feb. 2, 2014
Stanford, Calif.----- For the second time in two days, a late fourth-quarter opponent goal was the difference as San Jose State University finished sixth at the Stanford Invitational women's water polo tournament.
The #14-ranked Spartans (8-5) lost to #6-ranked Hawaii (3-2) on a goal by Cathy Lopes da Silva with 0:02 left in the fourth quarter in a 12-11 defeat for fifth place. In its morning match, San Jose State lost to #3-ranked UCLA, 14-6.
"We can play with the top teams. Now we have to get a win (against them)," interim head coach Johnny Begasaid after the Hawaii match in which San Jose State trailed by three in the first half. To open the tournament, #4-ranked Cal edged the Spartans, 9-8, on a game-winning goal with less than 2:00 remaining in regulation time.
"We are getting better as a team. We are coming together (better) with each match. Now we have to execute to get those one-goal wins."
Canadians Rae Lekness, a sophomore from Calgary, and junior Victoria Smith from British Columbia each scored one in the first and three times in the second match to lead the Spartan attack. Clara Espar Llaquetextended her scoring streak to 13 games with a score in each match.
San Jose State goalkeeper Maddie Reardon was credited with four saves in each match. The Spartan starter played the first three quarters against UCLA. Katelynn Thompsonmade four stops in the loss to the Bruins.
#2-ranked Stanford won the eight-team tournament with an 8-4 victory over UCLA.
The Spartans have a week off before a February 14 non-conference match at UC Davis.
San Jose State University women's water polo
Avery Aquatic Stadium, Stanford, Calif.
February 2, 2014
|#14-San Jose State (8-4)||1||1||2||2||6|
|UCLA - Victoria Kent 3, India Forster 2, Danielle Ferraro 2, Emily Donahoe 2, Alys Williams, Mackenzie Barr, Kelly Ronimus, Kelsey O'Brien, Becca Dorst|
|San Jose State - Timi Molnar 2, Paige Young, Victoria Smith, Clara Espar Llaquet, Rae Lekness|
|UCLA - Sami Hill 13.|
|San Jose State - Maddie Reardon,4; Katelynn Thompson, 4.|
|UCLA - 9.|
|San Jose State - 14.|
|5th place match||1||2||3||4||Total|
|#14-San Jose State (8-5)||2||3||4||2||11|
|Hawaii - Cathy Lopes da Silva 4; Zoe Respondek 3; Taylor Molde, Danielle Lewis 2, each; Paula Chillida, 1.|
|San Jose State - Rae Lekness, Bianca Seyfert, Victoria Smith 3, each; Rachel Henry, Clara Espar Llaquet, 1, each.|
|Hawaii - Amy Carlson 10.|
|San Jose State - Maddie Reardon 4.|
|Hawaii - 10.|
|San Jose State - 10|