Water Polo Beats #7-Arizona St; 5th At Stanford invite

Stanford, Calif.-----Dani Curran scored a season-high six goals and San Jose State played one of its best defensive matches of the season in front of the goal in an 11-6 win over #7-ranked Arizona State in the fifth place game of the Stanford Invitational women’s water polo tournament.

    Curran, a freshman from Ayala High in Chino, Calif., scored the first two goals of the game for the Spartans (7-4), who never trailed in the match.

    “Dani is tremendous shooter. She’s very, very accurate from outside. She’d deceptively good, because she doesn’t look imposing, but she can put the ball away,” said San Jose State head coach Lou Tully. “She’s very good about finding the holes, where to put the ball. She creates opportunities by sliding, moving to the side of the defender and she can see the places where she can score.”

    “We earned a lot of ejections and that’s where our goals came from. We communicated well and played real good defense,” Curran said about the team’s win.

    “I found the opportunity to shoot. They worked well and they went in,” said the leading scorer on the season. “They left me open a lot, so I took the opportunities.”

    Juliet Moss and Bridget McKee each scored twice and Adriana Vogt added one for San Jose State, which led 3-2 after the first quarter, 6-3 at halftime and 8-6 after the third quarter.

    Kelly Kennison played the entire game in goal for the Spartans and was credited with four saves including one in the third quarter on a penalty shot.

    Arizona State’s scoring was divided among Addison McGrath, with four, and Lynlee Smith, with two.

    “Arizona State is quite a good team. We were good about getting back to help. Addison McGrath is a tremendous player and is someone you have to keep track of the whole time. Our girls did a good job with her even though she got some goals. They kept her under control,” Tully said about the defensive play.

    “We were in better control of the ball. At times, we tend to rush things and get the ball in front of the cage a little too fast.”

    Earlier in the day, San Jose State dropped a 12-7 decision to #4-Hawaii. Allie Stewart and Adriana Vogt each scored twice for the Spartans. Stewart’s two-goal performance was her second in the last four days against the #-4 ranked Rainbow Warriors, who advanced to the championship game.

    Bridget McKee, Tanya Torres and Kathryn Hannum also scored for the Spartans against Hawaii.

    The Spartans finished their third week of the season with wins over two top-10 teams starting with a conference triumph over Hawaii at home on February 4.