Water Polo's Late Rally Not Enough In Close Loss

San Diego, Calif. - Despite a career day by Beth Harberts, the No. 6 San Jose State University women’s water polo team fell to No. 9 San Diego State, 11-9, on Saturday, March 3. The Spartans drop to 6-8 overall, 3-3 in the MPSF, while the Aztecs improve to 8-4 overall, 1-2 in conference play.

Harberts continued her amazing season, scoring a career-best five goals. She becomes only the seventh Spartan to score five or more goals in a game. Saturday’s performance was the seventh time the Spartan co-captain has had a multiple-goal showing this season. Harberts, a senior from Redlands, Calif., leads the team in scoring with a total of 25 goals. Her 25 goals this season ties her personal season best from 2003, when she scored 25, 28th all-time in single-season scoring.

Harberts also continues to move up the career scoring list with a total of 67 goals, putting her in 10th place all-time, one ahead of teammate, Angela Riddle, whose first-quarter goal gave her a career total of 66.

San Jose State fell behind early, 4-2 after the first quarter. The Spartans responded with stellar defense, shutting out the Aztecs to go into halftime down, 4-3. San Jose State was unable to maintain its defensive momentum, giving up five goals and finding itself down 9-5 after three. The Spartans rallied back in the fourth, led by three goals by Harberts and one by Deanna Lowry, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.

Bridget McKee added a first-quarter goal, while Alexis Higlett scored in the third quarter.

The Spartans continue conference play in Tempe, Ariz., on Sunday, March 4, where they will take on the No. 11 Arizona State Sun Devils at 12:00 p.m. local time. San Jose State has met Arizona State twice this season in non-conference tournaments, defeating the Sun Devils both times, 11-10 and 9-6. In the two games, Harberts scored a combined total of seven goals.

No. 9 San Diego State 11, No. 6 San Jose State 9

Team 1 2 3 4 TOTAL
San Jose State (6-8) 2 1 2 4 9
San Diego State (8-4) 4 0 5 2 11

GOALS
SJSU
- Beth Harberts-5, Bridget McKee, Alexis Higlett, Angela Riddle, Deanna Lowry.
SDSU - Werner-4, Schuster-3, Gonzales-2, Vessey, Greenwood.

SAVES
SJSU - Kendra Adama-6.
SDSU - Sarah Kilgore-8.