Corona Del Mar, Calif.-----Dani Curran became the third player in San Jose State University women's water polo history to score 200 career goals and found the back of the cage in the Spartans' first overtime match of the season to conclude second-day play at the UC Irvine Invitational.
The #8-ranked Spartans (8-7) played a pair of one-goal matches posting a 10-9 overtime victory over #17-Cal State Northridge after beginning the day losing to #15-UC Santa Barbara, 9-8.
Curran, a senior from Chino, Calif., was San Jose State's most prolific scorer on the day with six goals - two against UC Santa Barbara and four in the Cal State Northridge win. In the UC Santa Barbara match, Curran's first goal got her to the 200-career goal threshold. Her power play score in overtime proved to be the difference in the victory over Cal State Northridge.
"It is a tremendous milestone (for Dani). There are a lot of role players on this team. Her role is to a good outside shooter and to be a quarterback in which she is in control of the ball distributing it to her teammates," said San Jose State head coach Lou Tully.
"(This season) We've been using her for our penalty shots. She's the best pure shooter we have."
Curran finished the UC Irvine Invitational with 11 scores giving her 205 for her career. She trails Juliet Moss (2006-09), who has 206, and career scoring leader Adriana Vogt (2008-11), who has 245, on the all-time San Jose State goal-scoring list.
Also, co-captain Allie Stewart became the 14th Spartan to hit the 100-career goal mark with her first-quarter score in the Cal State Northridge victory.
Defensively, Meagan Minson had a busy weekend in goal for the Spartans. She stopped 21 opponent shots in the two matches.
With its 2-2 record for the two days, San Jose State finished 11th in the 16-team tournament.
"We started off well, but hit the wall in the middle. We've got to get to the point where we can play a complete game again. We are a little thin on depth right now. We'll get Kelly Stewart back next week," explained the San Jose State coach who was pleased with the overall defensive effort in the tournament. "We played hard and we worked hard to get it done.
"(Against Northridge) We were down three going into the fourth quarter. We came out pressed (defensively) and did a good job. In overtime, we were able to follow the same pattern - apply a lot of pressure. It was our first overtime game this season and I like the way we got it done."
The Spartans continue tournament play next weekend in the Harvard Invitational. San Jose State takes on host Harvard, Friday, March 2, at 8:00 p.m. (EST) followed by matches against Princeton and Iona on March 3, and Brown on March 4.
UC Irvine Invitational women's water polo tournament
Corona Del Mar, Calif.
February 26, 2012
Match #17 1 2 3 4 Total #8-San Jose State (7-7) 3 2 0 3 8 #15-UC Santa Barbara (10-8) 2 1 2 4 9
San Jose State - Dani Curran, 2; Allie Stewart, 2; Katie Buzzetta, 1; Anna Natalizio, 1; Rachel Henry, 1; Victoria Smith, 1.
UC Santa Barbara - Lauren Martin, 4; Rachel Nelson, 3; Claryann Olefsson-Loo, 1; Nancy Ruano, 1.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson, 9.
UC Santa Barbara - Ruth Milne, 13.
|#8-San Jose State (8-7)||5||0||0||4||1||0||10|
|#17-Cal State Northridge (4-11)||3||4||1||1||0||0||9|
San Jose State - Dani Curran, 4; Anna Natalizio, 3; Victoria Smith, 1; Allie Stewart, 1; Ally Waasted, 1.
Cal State Northridge - Jenny Jamison, 2; Celena Photopulos 2; Marisa Young 2; Jessica Goforth, 1; Katie Kammer, 1; Lindsy Nelson, 1.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson, 12.
Cal State Northridge - Dana Harvey, 9.