Spartans Match Season High In 15-8 Win At Harvard

Cambridge, Mass.-----Five players led by senior Dani Curran, who became the number-two career goal scorer at San Jose State, scored two or more times as the Spartans defeated Harvard University, 15-8, in the first match of the Harvard Invitational women's water polo tournament.

            Curran led San Jose State (9-7) with three goals as the Spartans have their first two-match winning streak since the end of January. The senior from Chino, Calif. (Ayala HS) has 14 goals in the last four matches and a team-high 32 for the season. Her power-play goal in the fourth quarter was the second of a four-goal outburst that put San Jose State ahead, 13-7, and moved her into second-place on the university's career scoring list with 207. Only Adriana Vogt (2008-11) with 245 has more goals than Curran who finished the match with 208 career scores.

            The Spartans matched a team season scoring high in the win. Natalie Jennings, Rachel  Henry, Anna Natalizio and Christina Kouvousis each scored twice. Jennings, a senior, and Kouvousis, a freshman, each registered a multi-goal game for the first time at the major college level.

            "That's really what you want - that an opponent has to deal with a whole team. I was pleased to get that many people involved in scoring," San Jose State coach Lou Tully said about a season-high nine players finding the back of the cage.

            "We got off to a good start and then got into a little bit of a funk offensively in the second quarter. In the second half, Natalie (Jennings) came in and gave us the spark  we really needed."

            Allie Stewart, Ally Waasted, Kimber Methvin and Victoria Smith also scored for San Jose State.

            Maddie Reardon made her first start of the season and was credited with 10 saves.

            "Maddie did a great job. I was really pleased (with her play). She was able to get to the shots she was supposed to," explained the Spartans' coach.

            Devan Kennifer scored three times for Harvard (7-3), which had a five-match winning streak ended by San Jose State, ranked 12th nationally.

            San Jose State continues play at the Harvard Invitational with matches against Iona and Princeton on March 3 and Brown on March 4.

Scoring Summary            1-2-3-4=Total

#12-San Jose State (9-7)            4-1-4-6=15
Harvard (7-3)            1-3-1-3=8

Goal Scoring

San Jose State - Dani Curran, 3; Rachel Henry, Anna Natalizio, Natalie Jennings, Christina Kouvousis, 2, each; Allie Stewart, Ally Waasted, Kimber Methvin, Victoria Smith, 1, each.

Harvard - Devan Kennifer, 3; Shayna Price, Victoria Frager, 2, each; Aisha Price, 1.

Goalkeeper saves

San Jose State - Maddie Reardon, 10.

Harvard - Ariel Dukes, 9; Jasmine Griffin, 2.