Tempe, Ariz.-----San Jose State University stretched its season-best winning streak to five with its two highest scoring games of the season and picked up its third consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) women's water polo win in the first day of the ASU Invitational hosted by Arizona State.
The Spartans (13-11, 3-4 MPSF), ranked sixth in the country, ran away from #8-Arizona State in a 19-14 conference victory and matched their season-high scoring output pounding Cal Lutheran, 19-2, in a non-conference contest four hours later.
"This was a very good day for the Spartans. We keep getting better and better. The chemistry and the confidence is growing each week," said associate head coach Johnny Bega.
"We have a lot of confidence right now and we brought it into the (Arizona State) game," said starting field player Kathryn Hannum. "Bridget (McKee) winning all four sprints (to start the quarter) helped us a lot. When we were on offense, we used the entire shot clock. Everything on goal was going in."
50-50 For The First Time
The Spartans assured themselves of at least a fifth-place regular-season finish in the eight-team MPSF, the nation's toughest conference, with its second win of the season over the Sun Devils. San Jose State never trailed and took the lead for good in the first quarter on a Juliet Moss power play goal at 5:31 putting the Spartans ahead, 2-1. San Jose State continues to rack up power play goals with six in the win over Arizona State and converted on a pair of 5-meter penalty shots.
Moss was unstoppable against the Sun Devils tying the San Jose State single-match scoring record she set in 2008 at Cal State Northridge with seven goals.
"ASU tried to press Juliet and that didn't work. Then, they tried to drop off on to our other field players and that didn't work, either," said Bega. "We couldn't miss on the power play and made both of our penalty shots."
All of San Jose State's top five scorers got into the scoring column with Moss. Adriana Vogt had her single-match best of 2009 with four scores. Tanya Torres and Bridget McKee each found the goal mouth three times. Dani Curran became the first San Jose State freshman to score 50 goals in a season with two. Curran has scored eight times in the two Arizona State matches this season.
Despite yielding 14 goals, Bega praised the defensive effort that allowed the Spartans to outscore the Sun Devils, 11-5, during the middle two quarters. Meagan Minson made a season-high 15 saves in goal.
San Jose State kept the offense in high gear in its afternoon match racing to a 10-1 halftime lead and never looking back against Cal Lutheran (11-10). Moss scored three more times and matched Curran's accomplishment as a 50-goal scorer on the season. In addition, Moss became the first Spartan to score 50 or more goals in three different seasons.
Freshman Ally Waasted led the offensive attack with four goals to double her season total to eight. McKee and Torres each came up with encore performances with a second three-goal output on the day.
Kelly Kennison and Lauren Lewis shared the goalkeeping duties in the Cal Lutheran triumph. Kennison played the first three quarters and was credited with six saves. Lewis stopped one of the two shots that came her way in the fourth quarter.
The Spartans close out their play in the ASU Invitational on March 29 with non-conference contests against #9-UC Irvine and Cal Baptist.
NOTES: The 2009 season marks the first time two San Jose State players have scored 50 or more goals in the same season. Moss and Inna Fedoseyeva were the only Spartans to score 50 or more goals in a season twice. Liz Garcia and Laura Scott are the other two San Jose State players with a 50-goal season...Torres now has a single-season personal best of 35 goals, cracking the 30-goal mark for the first time in her four seasons on the team. She is three goals shy of becoming the 11th Spartan to record 100 career goals.
#6-San Jose State (12-11, 3-4 MPSF) 5-5-6-3=19
#8-Arizona State (10-10, 1-4 MPSF) 4-2-3-5=14
San Jose State - Juliet Moss, 7; Adriana Vogt, 4; Tanya Torres, Bridget McKee, 3, each; Dani Curran, 2.
Arizona State - Lynlee Smith, 4; Sam Schubert, Nikki Unbehaun, Bonnie Miles, Kari Walsh, 2, each; Addison McGrath, Kelly Phelps, 1, each.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson, 15.
Arizona State - Not available.
Cal Lutheran (11-10) 0-1-0-1=2
#6-San Jose State (13-11) 5-5-5-4=19
Cal Lutheran - Tiffany Ly, Jane Galluzzi, 1 each.
San Jose State - Ally Waasted, 4; Juliet Moss, Allie Stewart, Bridget McKee, Tanya Torres, 3 each; Megan Lane, 2; Kathryn Hannum, 1.
Cal Lutheran - Rachel Hahn, 8.
San Jose State - Kelly Kennison, 6; Lauren Lewis, 1.