Los Angeles, Calif.-----Adriana Vogt scored a season-high five goals for San Jose State University, but three fourth-quarter scores by Loyola Marymount University resulted in a 12-11 Lions non-conference women's water polo victory.
The Spartans (14-9) had their six-match winning streak halted by LMU (19-2), which notched its school record 14th win in a row. San Jose State, ranked sixth nationally, was the last team to beat ninth-ranked Loyola Marymount, a 9-8 decision on February 27 in the UC Irvine Invitational.
The Lions played a good portion of the match with a 6-on-5 advantage. San Jose State was whistled for 15 fouls and lost starters Kathryn Hannum and Anna Natalizio to foul outs in the fourth quarter. Bridget McKee had two fouls before the end of the first quarter and Vogt played the last 4:36 of the match with two fouls.
Loyola was 5-for-13 on its power play. San Jose State had seven power-play chances and converted twice.
"There were a lot of things that went against us...Having said that, should we have done a better job - yes. We need to keep ourselves out of that position (at a man disadvantage)," said San Jose State coach Lou Tully. "I thought we needed to be more physical. The referees were saying the girls were too physical. I don't think we were physical enough, frankly."
San Jose State had two-goal leads in each of the first two quarters, but was tied 6-6 at halftime. The score remained tied at 9-9 going into the fourth quarter, but goals by LMU's Daisy Carrillo and Erin Manke gave the Lions its largest lead of the match at 11-9. Even after San Jose State's Dani Curran and Loyola Marymount's Anne Scott traded goals over the next two minutes, the Spartans still had a viable opportunity to tie the match. Curran's shot at 1:39 at the end of a San Jose State power play missed the goal and Allie Stewart bounced a shot off a post with 50 seconds remaining.
"It turned into a bloodbath in the end. We tried really hard. I felt like we were the better team, but the score is not showing that right now," said Allie Stewart, who gave San Jose State its first lead of the match in the first quarter with her goal.
"The girls hung in there and played hard all the way through. They did their job. We need to do some things better, keep ourselves out of harm's way and not get kicked out so much," said the San Jose State coach who hopes his team can react better to cut off opponents and keep them from ball-side drives. "Overall, I didn't think we played that poorly. I thought we did a relatively good job. That's the way things go sometimes."
Meagan Minson had a busy day in goal for San Jose State with nine saves. Loyola Marymount's Kristine Cato was credited with six saves.
Vogt's five goals and Curran's three scores marked the fifth match in a row each player has scored three or more times. Vogt, the Spartans' leading scorer, now has 45 on the season - the third time in her three seasons she has found the net at least 45 times. Curran has 33 and became the 13th player in school history to reach 100 career goals with her second goal of the match that came in the second quarter.
Bridget McKee and Kathryn Hannum also scored once for San Jose State.
San Jose State concludes its two-match, two-day Los Angeles trip at UCLA in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest. Match time is 1:00 p.m.
Women's Water Polo Non-Conference Match
Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
March 26, 2010
#6-San Jose State (14-9) 3-3-3-2=11
#9-Loyola Marymount (19-2) 3-3-3-3=12
San Jose State - Adriana Vogt, 5; Dani Curran, 3; Allie Stewart, Bridget McKee, Kathryn Hannum, 1 each.
Loyola Marymount - Diana Romero, Anne Scott, Mary Ann Campos, Daisy Carrillo, 2, each ; Hana Gosney, Casey Flacks, Erin Manke, Kimberly Benedetti, 1 each.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson, 9 saves.
Loyola Marymount - Kristine Cato, 6 saves.
LMU - Gosney (power play), 7:23
SJSU - Vogt (penalty shot), 7:03
SJSU - A. Stewart, 6:32
SJSU - Curran, 5:15
LMU - Romero (power play), 4:03
LMU - Flacks, 2:12
SJSU - McKee (power play), 6:44
LMU - Romero (power play), 5:25
SJSU - Curran, 5:09
SJSU - Vogt, 4:17
LMU - Scott (power play), 3:44
LMU - Carrillo (penalty shot),1:55
LMU - Campos, 7:03
SJSU - Vogt, 6:07
SJSU - Vogt (power play), 4:03
LMU - Benedetti (power play), 1:24
LMU - Manke (power play), 5:23
LMU - Carrillo, 4:11
SJSU - Curran (power play), 3:48
LMU - Scott, 2:21
SJSU - Vogt, 0:08