San Jose, Calif.-----Victoria Smith scored a single-match career high five goals, all in the first half, as San Jose State University defeated Harvard University, 18-8, in a non-conference women’s water polo match.
Smith, a sophomore from Vancouver, B.C., scored three times in the first and twice in the second quarters as the #10-ranked Spartans scored on their first five shots en route to a team season-high scoring total. The last time San Jose State scored as many as 18 goals in a match was in a 20-5 win over Cal State San Bernardino on April 4, 2009.
San Jose State (9-7) led 6-1 after the first quarter and 13-2 at halftime. The Spartans’ seven scores in the second quarter are a season-best in one quarter of action.
“When goals are being scored like that, you get a chance to catch your breath and get ready to go. Plus, if you are the one doing the scoring, it gives you a mental lift. That’s what happened here. The girls came out and did a very good job at the beginning and it took off from there,” said San Jose State head coach Lou Tully.
“This week, we worked on our communication, our passing and our shooting. We came together as ‘one’ and it really showed in this game,” Smith said about the Spartans first home match in more than a month.
Anna Natalizio and Kelli Leabo also scored three times each as San Jose State ended a two-match losing streak.
“I was real happy that we had everybody play. I felt the girls did a good job. They worked hard,” Tully added.
Kalina Grabb came off the bench to lead Harvard (13-7) in scoring with three second-half goals. The Crimson completed their six-match California road trip with a 3-3 record.
San Jose State concludes its week’s action hosting Santa Clara, Saturday, March 23, in a 12:00 p.m. (PDT) non-conference contest.
“It (the Harvard win) fuels our fire to want to win our next competition. From this win, we’re just keep going harder,” Smith said.
San Jose State University Women’s Water Polo
The Aquatic Center, San Jose, Calif.
March 21, 2013
|Score By Quarters||1||2||3||4||Total|
|Harvard (13-7) ||1||1||3||3||8|
|#10-San Jose State (9-7) ||6||7||2||3||18|
Harvard – Kalina Grabb, 3; Charlotte Hendrix, Jelana Cyr, Yoshi Anderson, Victoria Frager, Shayna Price, 1, each.
San Jose State – Victoria Smith, 5; Anna Natalizio, Kelli Leabo, 3, each; Timi Molnar, Rae Lekness, 2, each; Rachel Henry, Ashlea Coski, Kimber Methvin, 1, each.
Harvard – Ariel Dukes, 6.
San Jose State – Maddie Reardon, 8; Melanie Merritt, 2; Katie Lind, 2.
Harvard – 4.
San Jose State – 9.