Ann Arbor, Mich.-----Freshman Dani Curran scored nine goals in two matches leading the San Jose State University women’s water polo team to a pair of victories in the first day of the University of Michigan Kick-Off at the Canham Natatorium.
Curran, from Ayala High in Chino, Calif., scored five times in the Spartans’ 11-10 comeback win over #14-ranked Cal State Northridge. She also led San Jose State in scoring in the team’s 14-5 triumph over Bucknell later in the afternoon with four goals.
Bridget McKee scored twice in each win while Adriana Vogt and Juliet Moss each found the net three times in the two victories.
Strong second-half play propelled the Spartans in each win. San Jose State scored seven of its 11 goals in the final two periods of the Cal State Northridge win and 10 of 14 after halftime of the Bucknell match.
Kelly Kennison and Meagan Minson split the goalkeeping duties for San Jose State. Kennison made eight saves in the win over Cal State Northridge. Minson stopped four shots in the Bucknell match.
San Jose State concludes play in the Michigan Kick-Off, January 25, facing #10-ranked Michigan. Match time is 7:10 a.m. (PST). Live scoring is available at http://livestats.mgoblue.com/waterpolo/xlive.htm
Michigan Kick-Off women’s water polo tournament
Canham Natatorium, Ann Arbor, Mich.
January 24 results
#7- San Jose State 11, #14-Cal State Northridge 10
#14-Cal State Northridge (0-1) 1-4-2-3=10
#7-San Jose State (1-0) 1-3-3-4=11
Cal State Northridge goals Chelsea Curran, 3; Jessica Coy, Allison Pierce, 2, each; Kierra Keylander, Katie Outzen, Renee Gargiulo, 1, each.
San Jose State goals Dani Curran, 5; Adriana Vogt, Tanya Torres, Bridget McKee, 2 each.
Saves Jillian Stapf (CSUN), 19; Kelly Kennison, (SJSU), 8.
Ejections CSUN, 7; SJSU, 10.
#7-San Jose State 14, Bucknell 5
Bucknell (0-2) 0-3-1-1=5
#7-San Jose State (2-0) 2-2-4-6=14
Bucknell goals Valentina Rozas, 3; Shana Palencia, Haley Prickett, 1, each.
San Jose State goals Dani Curran, 4; Juliet Moss, 3; Bridget McKee, 2; Ally Waasted, Adriana Vogt, Kelly Stewart, Alyssa Friesen, Allie Stewart, 1 each.
Saves Alison Carter (BU), 1, Brittany Connell (BU), 2; Meagan Minson (SJSU), 4.
Ejections Bucknell, 2; San Jose State, 7.
Scores from other Michigan Kick-Off matches
UCLA 17, Bucknell 0
California 8, Michigan 6
Arizona State 20, Colorado State 5
UCLA 10, Indiana 3