No. 8 Women's Water Polo Overwhelms Pacific, 22-5

Stockton, Calif. - Sophomore Juliet Moss scored six goals for the second time in three matches to again tie the single-game school record, leading San Jose State University to a 22-5 triumph over the University of the Pacific in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s water polo action at Chris Kjeldsen Pool on Saturday, March 31.

With its fourth win in a row, San Jose State improves to 10-9 overall and 3-4 in the MPSF. Pacific, which has now lost 14 straight decisions to the Spartans dating back to 1998, falls to 5-16 overall and 0-10 in conference play.

San Jose State stormed to an 11-0 lead and was never threatened on the afternoon, as Moss tallied a first quarter hat trick on the way to a 7-0 Spartan advantage after one period. The first Tiger goal came from Kellie Fletcher at the 2:52 mark of the second quarter. Fletcher added her second of three total goals on the afternoon a minute and a half later, before Spartan freshman Kathryn Hannum rattled the cage as time expired to make it a 12-2 game at halftime.

The Spartans notched the first two goals of the second half as well, both courtesy of Moss within a span of 15 seconds.

Another Spartan freshman, Jenni Peters, scored the first three goals of her college career in a six-goal fourth period for SJSU.

Moss matched her six-goal output from a 22-9 home win over Princeton on March 17. The Spartans have out-scored their opponents, 68-29, during the current four-game win streak.

In addition to Moss’ six strikes and Peters’ first three goals, freshman Kristina Ericksen tallied three scores of her own, with the senior trio of Beth Harberts, Alexis Higlett and Deanna Lowry notching two goals apiece. Higlett also had five assists. Hannum, junior Kayleigh Knight and seniors Sara Natalizio and Angela Riddle each had one goal to round out the Spartan scoring.

In goal for the Spartans, junior Kendra Adama started, played the first three quarters, and recorded six saves. Sophomore Kelly Kennison took over for the fourth period and made two blocks.

Sarah Harris, a freshman who leads the MPSF in goals scored now with 73, had the only other two Pacific goals besides Fletcher’s three. Starting goalie Jocelyn Gray made five saves before giving way to freshman Jill Hauck, who finished with a career-high nine blocks.

San Jose State was 3-for-4 on man-advantage opportunities, while the host Tigers were 2-for-4.

San Jose State is next in more road action next weekend, taking its four-game win streak to conference foes Long Beach State on Friday, April 6, and UC Irvine on Saturday, April 7. Start time for both contests is set for 12:00 p.m.

No. 8 San Jose State 22, Pacific 5

Team 1 2 3 4 TOTAL
Pacific (5-16, 0-10 MPSF) 0 2 1 2 - 5
San Jose State (10-9, 3-4 MSPF) 7 5 4 6 - 22

Goals
UOP - Kellie Fletcher-3, Sarah Harris-2.
SJSU - Juliet Moss-6, Kristina Erickson-3, Jenni Peters-3, Beth Harberts-2, Alexis Higlett-2, Deanna Lowry-2, Kathryn Hannum, Kayleigh Knight, Sara Natalizio, Angela Riddle.

Saves
UOP - Jocelyn Gary -6, Jill Hauck-9.
SJSU - Kendra Adama-6, Kelly Kennison-2.

Sprints: Juliet Moss-2 (SJSU), Alexis Higlett (SJSU), Jessica Safir (UOP).

Attendance: 104.