San Jose, Calif.-----San Jose State University's bid for a school-record 10th straight victory was thwarted by Grace Reynolds' three second-half goals as #4-ranked UCLA topped the #8-Spartans, 9-4, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) women's water polo match.
"That was probably our best first half we ever played this entire season. We held a UCLA to only two goals in the first half, which was really good. We talked about our game plan to come out strong and that is what we did," said San Jose State's Adriana Vogt, the MPSF's scoring leader whose two second-half goals gave her 60 for the season.
Dani Curran and Rachel Henry scored for San Jose State (16-9, 2-3 MPSF) in the first half. Henry's power-play goal at 5:29 in the second quarter gave the Spartans their only lead in the match, 2-1.
"It was a good first half and we played really good defense. In the second half, I think we slowed down a little bit and we tried to get into the groove too much. We needed to push more," said Curran.
Reynolds matched her 2011 single-game scoring best for the third time this season. She scored two of UCLA's three third-period goals to break-open a 2-2 halftime tie. Her third goal of the match gave the Bruins (19-5, 2-3 MPSF) a 7-3 lead with 4:01 remaining in the match.
UCLA goalkeeper Caitlin Dement was credited with 13 saves and stopped a third-quarter San Jose State penalty shot by Timi Molnar with the Bruins ahead, 5-3. UCLA scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter en route to ending a two-match losing streak.
San Jose State goalkeeper Meagan Minson was credited with eight saves.
"The players played very well, particularly in the beginning. Our two primary objectives were to slow them down and get control of the game. You do that by playing great defense, keeping the scores low and control the ball on offense. We did a really good job keeping the score low in the first half," said San Jose State coach Lou Tully whose team took 30 shots. "The second half was a little dicey on offense. We couldn't get the scores we needed."
The Spartans return to action, April 9 & 10, at the Bronco Invitational hosted by Santa Clara University.
San Jose State University Women's Water Polo
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Match
The Aquatics Center
April 2, 2011
#4-UCLA (19-5, 2-3 MPSF) 1-1-3-4=9
#8-San Jose State (16-9, 2-3 MPSF) 1-1-1-1=4
UCLA - Grace Reynolds, 3; KK Claerk, Brooke Martin, 2, each; Kelly Easterday, Nicole Umphrey, 1, each.
San Jose State - Adriana Vogt, 2; Rachel Henry, Dani Curran, 1, each.
UCLA - Caitlin Dement, 13.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson, 8.