Water Polo Topples Princeton, 22-9


San Jose, Calif. – The San Jose State University water polo team defeated the Tigers of Princeton, 22-9, on Saturday morning, March 17. Sophomore Juliet Moss scored six goals in a game to lead the Spartans to victory. The win improves San Jose State’s record to 8-9 on the season.

“It was a good team effort,” said head coach Lou Tully. “We really showed our team speed and our ability to counter attack.”

Princeton opened with an early two-goal lead in the first two and a half minutes of play, but the Spartans rallied with four unanswered goals to take the lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.

Moss led the Spartans’ to their lead with the first three San Jose State goals of the game. Her first goal came at 5:28 of the first quarter. Her second goal came 0:27 later at 5:01, and her third of the opening stanza was scored a 4:21. Moss added her fourth and fifth goals in the third quarter at 7:40 and 2:53, respectively. The sophomore added her final goal in the fourth quarter at 7:32.

“She played really well,” said Tully. “She keeps getting better and better as we go. She’s a great athlete and her athleticism comes out during the games.”

“I feel confident in the water,” said Moss.

Senior Alexis Higlett and freshman Bridget McKee each tallied four goals on the day. Higlett notched her first goal in the opening stanza and added three more in the second quarter. McKee opened with two goals in the first quarter and added one in both the third and fourth quarter for her four goals of the game.

Tanya Torres notched three goals for the Spartans, including one penalty shot. Senior Beth Harberts was the final Spartan of the day to score more than one goal. She scored her first goal in the second quarter and added her second in the fourth quarter. Also scoring for the Spartans were Kelly Pearce, Angela Riddle and Kelsi Okuda.

The Spartans opened the game with six goals in the first quarter. They added four more in the second, seven in the third and five in the fourth for a total of 22 goals.

Elyse Colgan led the Tigers in scoring with four goals. The Tigers scored three goals in the first quarter, one in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth quarter for a total of nine.

The Spartans are back in the water again on Sunday, March 18, as they host the Terrapins of Maryland at 11:00 a.m.

Princeton (9-5) 3 1 2 3 = 9
San Jose State (8-9) 6 4 7 5 =22

First Quarter
PU – Elyse Colgan, 6:17
PU – Elyse Colgan, 5:36
SJSU – Juliet Moss, 5:28
SJSU – Juliet Moss, 5:01
SJSU – Juliet Moss, 4:21
SJSU – Bridget McKee, 3:49
PU – Elizabeth Dilday, 3:15
SJSU – Bridget McKee, 2:10
SJSU – Alexis Higlett, 1:31

Second Quarter
SJSU – Alexis Higlett, 7:18
SJSU – Beth Harberts, 3:07
PU – Elyse Colgan, 2:11
SJSU – Alexis Higlett, 1:44
SJSU – Alexis Higlett, 1:07

Third Quarter
SJSU – Juliet Moss, 7:40
PU – Karina Reyner, 7:22
SJSU – Tanya Torres, 7:06 (Penalty)
PU – Jazmin Brown, 6:34
SJSU – Angela Riddle, 3:28
SJSU – Juliet Moss, 2:53
SJSU – Tanya Torres, 2:18
SJSU – Tanya Torres, 1:10
SJSU – Bridget McKee, 0:23

Fourth Quarter
SJSU – Juliet Moss, 7:32
SJSU – Kelly Pearce, 6:27
PU – Lauren Staub, 5:23
SJSU – Beth Harberts, 4:59
PU – Elyse Colgan, 3:58
PU – Claire Jacobson, 1:46
SJSU – Bridget McKee, 1:30
SJSU – Kelsi Okuda, 0:30

Princeton: Elyse Colgan – 4, Claire Jacobson, Jazmin Brown, Karina Reyner, Lauren Staud
San Jose State: Juliet Moss – 6, Bridget McKee – 4, Alexis Higlett – 4, Tanya Torres – 3, Beth Harberts – 2, Angela Riddle, Kelsi Okuda, Kelly Pearce

Princeton: 1 (Natalie Kim, 1)
San Jose State: 7 (Kendra Adama – 6, Kelly Kennison – 1)

Princeton: 9-5
San Jose State: 8-9