Honolulu, Hawaii-----Senior Dani Curran scored three times leading the San Jose State University women's water polo team to an 8-5 win over the University of Hawaii in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) match.
Curran's hat trick was her eighth of the season as the Spartans (13-8, 1-3 MPSF) won their first conference match and came away with their sixth victory in their last seven contests. San Jose State also won at Hawaii (7-10, 0-5 MPSF) for the first time in 10 years.
"The women did a great job. Meagan Minson had a heck of a game in goal for us. She played really well," said San Jose State head coach Lou Tully about his #1-goalkeeper who was credited with 11 saves. In the Spartans' last two contests, the opponents combined for just 12 goals.
"Defensively, we asked Kelly Stewart and Vicki Smith to handle their top scorer (Amarens Genee) and she did not score," Tully continued about the team's defensive effort. Genee came into the match tied for third in the MPSF in scoring per game. "Defense has been a point of emphasis for us. We're doing a better job of fronting, pressing and staying in lanes and understanding what we need to do to get into our counter-attack."
Smith, a freshman, possibly had her most complete match of the season scoring twice and winning each of the four opening-quarter sprints. Anna Natalizio continued her scoring barrage with two goals - her seventh multi-goal game in a row.
Allie Stewart rounded out San Jose State's scoring with the final goal of the match.
San Jose State hosts a pair of MPSF matches next weekend. The Spartans host San Diego State on March 31 and Arizona State on April 1. Both matches start at noon at the Aquatics Center on the San Jose State campus. The Arizona State match will be Senior Day for the women's water polo team.
|Score by Quarters||1||2||3||4||Total|
|#9-San Jose State (13-8, 1-3 MPSF)||1||3||1||3||8|
|#17-Hawai'i (7-10, 0-5 MPSF)||1||2||1||1||5|
San Jose State - Dani Curran, 3; Victoria Smith, 2; Anna Natalizio, 2; Allie Stewart, 1.
Hawaii - Danielle Lewis, 2; Monique Wilson, 1; Emily Carr, 1; Caity Lopes da Silva, 1.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson, 11.
Hawaii - Serena Reid - 13.
San Jose State - 6.
Hawaii - 3.