No. 6 Water Polo Falls Short In Overtime

Tempe, Ariz. - No. 6 San Jose State scored twice late, but lost in overtime to No. 11 Arizona State, 11-10, on Sunday, March 4. The Spartans' record drops to 6-9 overall, 2-4 in conference play. Juliet Moss scored five goals, including four in the second half, to lead San Jose State.

Sunday’s match was the third time the Spartans and Sun Devils (4-7, 1-2 MPSF) have faced off this season. San Jose State won the first two matches, 11-10 and 9-6, in separate non-conference tournaments, but only Sunday’s result counts toward each team’s MPSF record.

Both teams started the game with a flurry of scoring, finishing the first quarter with a combined seven goals. Both scored twice in the second, to go into halftime with Arizona State leading, 6-5. In the third, Moss matched the Sun Devils' output, scoring twice to bring the score to 8-7. Down a goal in the final quarter, Moss continued to pound the Arizona State goal, scoring early in the fourth to tie the score at 8-8. The Sun Devils answered back, scoring two quick goals, but Tanya Torres answered with a score, cutting the Sun Devils’ lead to one. Moss kept the pressure on Arizona State and fired in the tying goal with 2:12 remaining in regulation, tying the score, 10-10.

In overtime, both teams had scoring opportunities, but both defenses played tough. Arizona State broke the tie on a breakaway, scoring with 10 seconds remaining in the first overtime. In the second overtime, San Jose State had two chances to tie, but the Sun Devils stopped both shots, with the game ending in an 11-10 Arizona State victory.

Moss’ stellar five-goal performance came a day after teammate Beth Harberts scored five times in a loss to San Diego State. Moss becomes only the eighth Spartan to score five or more goals in a game, and the fifth since 2001. On the season, Moss has scored 24 goals, one shy of team leader, Harberts. Moss has scored two or more goals seven times this season, tying Harberts for most multiple-goal games in 2007. In her career, the sophomore from San Jose, Calif., has scored 35 goals, placing her in a tie with teammate Alexis Higlett for 18th all-time in Spartan scoring history.

Higlett, Cynthia Gazzolo, Bridget McKee and Deanna Lowry also added one goal apiece in the Spartan effort.

Lowry’s goal placed her in 12th all-time in scoring with 58 goals, passing Christine Scott. Currently, three active Spartans are in the top-12 in career scoring. Harberts (10th with 67 goals), Angela Riddle (11th with 66 goals) and Lowry in 12th.

The next game for the Spartans will be on Saturday, March 10, when visiting Indiana will take on San Jose State at the Aquatics Center at noon.

No. 11 Arizona State 11, No. 6 San Jose State 10

Team 1 2 3 4 OT1 OT2 TOTAL
San Jose State (6-9) 3 2 2 3 0 0 10
Arizona State (4-7) 4 2 2 2 1 0 11

- Juliet Moss-5, Cynthia Gazzolo, Bridget McKee, Deanna Lowry, Tanya Torres, Alexis Higlett.
ASU - Doud-4, Bower-2, Hedley-2, Stepp, Gronow, Lawlor.