Water Polo Knocks Off No. 4 Cal In Overtime, 14-13

SAN JOSE, Calif. - For the first time in program history, the No.8 San Jose State water polo team defeated No. 4 California, 14-13 in overtime at the Aquatics Center on Saturday, February 10. Junior Kendra Adama made 12 saves for the Spartans, including two in overtime, to guide the Spartans to their third win of the season. With the victory, SJSU improves to 3-4 on the season while the Golden Bears drop to 2-2.

“Adama played fabulously,” said head coach Lou Tully. “This season she’s making saves, penalty saves and everything she needs to be doing.”

Senior Deanna Lowry scored the game-winning goal with 0:44 remaining in the first overtime period. The goal came on a man-up advantage for the Spartans. This was the fourth goal of the afternoon for Lowry, who also scored twice in the second quarter and once in the third.

The Spartans were the first to put a notch on the board with a goal in the first quarter. Senior Beth Harberts tallied the first goal following two ejections called on the Golden Bears. Cal responded quickly with a goal less than a minute later by Elsie Windes. At the 5:14 mark, Geraldine Hazlett scored her only goal of the game for the Spartans, bringing the score to 2-1. Cal took little time to retaliate with its second goal of the game at 4:40. Juliet Moss helped to regain the lead for SJSU with her lone goal of the game at 3:09, but Paige Lorenz tied the game at 3-3 to end the quarter.

In the second stanza, San Jose scored three goals to take the lead, 6-5. Lowry scored her two goals in the quarter and Lexi Higlett notched her first of three to help the Spartans take the lead. Higlett’s initial shot hit the side bar, bounced off, tapped Cal’s goalie Heather Stuart on the head and settled in the back corner of the net. Cal had a chance to take the lead in the second quarter on a penalty shot by Molly Hayes, but Adama managed to get a hand on the ball and save her first of two penalty shots she would see on the day.

San Jose notched six goals in the third quarter, two of which were scored by Higlett. The first goal of the period was by Lowry at 7:33. Higlett followed with her second goal at 7:00 to bring the Spartans’ lead to 8-5. Higlett’s luck with the side bar struck again at 6:04 with the senior’s shot deflected off the side bar into the back of the net. In the final 1:39 of the quarter, Brianna Lindsey tallied two goals to give the Spartans a 12-9 lead. Both of her goals came on man-advantage plays.

In the fourth quarter Cal rallied to tie the game at 13 at the end of regulation. The Golden Bears scored three goals in the quarter. Darby Anderson tallied the first at 3:38 to cut SJSU’s lead to 12-10. Camille Hewko followed with a goal at 2:40 to cut the lead to within one before Windes scored the tying goal at 1:49. Lindsey regained the lead for the Spartans at 1:23, but the lead would not last at Hayes skipped the ball into the back of the cage with just 0:13 remaining to send the ball into overtime.

The Golden Bears went on to take five shots within the two three-minute overtime periods. Adama made two saves, the Spartan defense had two blocks and the side bar deflected one to help SJSU earn the win. The game-winner came with just 0:44 remaining in the first overtime period. Hayes was ejected for Cal at 0:58 to give San Jose the man-advantage and help Lowry to score her fourth goal of the day.

“We went the whole fourth quarter and overtime with the same group,” said Tully. “We had some subs, but not too many. That’s when you have to dig down and find the extra ‘umph’ to make it happen, and we did that.”

The Spartans are back in the pool on Saturday, February 17, when they host Cal State Northridge at 12:00 p.m.

No. 8 SJSU 14, No. 4 California, 13

TEAM 1 2 3 4 OT1 OT2 Total
CAL 3 2 4 4 0 0 13
SJSU 3 3 6 1 1 0 14


CAL: Elise Wendes-4, Paige Lorenz-2, Grace Reynolds-3, Camile Hewko-2, Darby Anderson, Molly Hayes.
SJSU: Beth Harberts-2, Alexis Higlett-3, Geraldine Hazlett, Deanna Lowry-4, Juliet Moss, Brianna Lindsey-3.


CAL: 6
SJSU: 12