Irvine, Calif.-----Meagan Minson stopped 12 shots and Adriana Vogt and Dani Curran each scored three times leading #10-San Jose State University to a decisive 10-3 win over #5-ranked University of Michigan in the seventh place match of the UC Irvine Invitational women's water polo tournament.
The Spartans (9-8) limited the Wolverines (12-6) to their lowest goal total in a match this season and avenged an earlier 12-6 loss to Michigan in the Stanford Invitational.
"Minson was absolutely fabulous (in goal). A part of the reason was our field players did a lot of shot blocking. It was a real team effort," said San Jose State head coach Lou Tully.
He also pointed out the Spartans were superior in odd-man situations. San Jose State scored on four of their five power-play opportunities. Michigan was just 1-of-11.
The win over Michigan marked the highest nationally-ranked team San Jose State has beaten this season. In February, the Spartans played five matches against teams that were ranked in the top-five at the time of the contest.
Bridget McKee, with two, Janessa Schmidbauer and Allie Stewart with one each also scored for San Jose State in the win over Michigan.
Earlier in the day, the Spartans lost to #6-ranked Hawaii, 10-5. The Rainbow Wahine got off to a fast start taking a 4-1 lead into the second quarter, were ahead 6-1 at halftime and were never threatened.
Vogt, who finished the UC Irvine Invitational with eight goals, scored thee times to lead San Jose State. Schmidbauer and Ally Waasted rounded out the Spartans' scoring.
"We didn't play well. We struggled the whole way through," Tully said about the Hawaii match. "You can't dig a hole like that for yourself."
Finishing seventh was one better than the Spartans' eighth place finish a year ago in this two-day weekend tournament that attracts annually nearly all of the nation's top 16 teams.
"I'm very pleased. This (beating Michigan) was a nice way to finish the tournament. The team is taking a good step forward and we hope to keep it going in that direction," said the Spartans' head coach.
San Jose State returns to action, Saturday, March 6 hosting San Diego State in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest, and concludes the weekend with a non-conference match against UC Irvine on March 7. Both matches at the Aquatics Center have a 12:00 p.m. start time.
UC Irvine Invitational women's water polo tournament
February 28, 2010
#6-Hawaii (7-6) 4-2-2-2=10
#10-San Jose State (8-8) 1-0-2-2=5
Hawaii - Leonie Van Der Molen 3; Carmen Eggens 2; Saara Majuri, Jana Liessman, Ryan Hanson-Swaner, Amarens Genee, 1 each.
San Jose State - Adriana Vogt, 3; Janessa Schmidbauer, Ally Waasted, 1 each.
Hawaii - Serena Bredin, 6, Danielle Ingram, 2.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson, 9.
Game 4- Seventh Place game
#10-San Jose State (9-8) 2-4-2-2=10
#5-Michigan (12-6) 1-0-1-1=3
San Jose State - Dani Curran, Adriana Vogt, 3 each; Bridget McKee, 2; Janessa Schmidbauer, Allie Stewart, 1 each.
Michigan - Alison Mantel, Meagan Cobb, Casie Kelly, 1 each.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson, 12.
Michigan - Morgan Turner, 6, Alex Adamson, 6.