San Jose, Calif. – The No. 8 San Jose State University water polo team extended its winning streak to seven games with a 12-9 victory over No. 13 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday morning, April 14. Senior Alexis Higlett scored a team-high three goals to help improve the Spartans’ record 13-9 on the season and 6-4 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
“It was a physical game,” said head coach Lou Tully. “We held our composure even though it was hard at times. We played well and responded well to a tough game.”
The physical game was the result of 28 total penalties between the two teams. Seven of the Spartans’ goals were scored on man-advantage situations due to exclusions. San Jose State opened the game with four goals in the first quarter, three of which were scored on exclusions.
Geraldine Hazlett tallied the Spartans’ first goal at the 6:26 mark of the first quarter. Higlett extended San Jose State’s lead to 2-0 on a goal at 5:16. Santa Barbara cut the lead to within one at the 5:00 mark on a goal by Gillian Morgan and tied the game at 2-2 on a goal by Chrissy Elles at 4:26. The Spartans regained the lead at 2:47 with a goal by Tanya Torres, her first of two in the game. The Gauchos tied the game again at 1:25 before the Spartans took the lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game at 0:56 on a goal by Deanna Lowry.
In the second quarter, San Jose State notched three more goals to pull ahead of the Gauchos, 7-4. Torres picked up her second goal of the game at 7:37 and Higlett followed with the second of her hat trick at 2:42. Freshman Bridgett McKee scored her first goal of the game at 1:37. Santa Barbara added a goal of its own at the 5:18 mark.
Deanna Lowry opened the second half with a man-up goal at 6:25. Higlett tallied her final goal of the game in the third quarter with a power-play goal at 4:46. The Spartans added two more goals in the stanza to bring the score to 11-6. Aimee Stachowski notched Santa Barbara’s fifth goal on a penalty shot scored on Spartan goalie, Kendra Adama. The Gauchos’ sixth goal came at the 0:05 mark of the quarter.
In the final quarter, the Gauchos rallied with three goals to cut the Spartans lead down to three. Amanda Tipton led off the stanza with a man-advantage goal at 7:10. Morgan followed with her second goal of the game at 6:13. McKee helped to keep the Spartans’ lead with her second goal of the game at 2:34. The last goal of the game was scored by Santa Barbara’s Sarah Kovach at 1:33 to bring the final score to 12-9.
In the cage, Adama led the Spartans’ to victory with 14 saves. The Gauchos’ Jenny Gonzales tallied 10 saves in the game.
The Spartans return to action tomorrow, April 15, with a doubleheader to conclude their home portion of the schedule. San Jose State will host No. 2 UCLA at 12:00 p.m. at the Aquatics Center and follow with a 1:30 p.m. match against Cal State Monterey Bay.
UC Santa Barbara
State (13-9, 6-4 MPSF) 4 2 4 1 = 12
SJSU – Geraldine Hazlett, 6:26 (E)
SJSU – Alexis Higlett, 5:16
UCSB – Gillian Morgan, 5:00
SJSU – Tanya Torres, 2:47 (E)
UCSB – Allie Carkin, 1:25 (E)
SJSU – Deanna Lowry, 0:56 (E)
SJSU – Tanya Torres, 7:37
UCSB – Lindsay Knott, 5:18 (E)
SJSU – Alexis Higlett, 2:42
SJSU – Bridget McKee, 1:37 (E)
SJSU – Deanna Lowry, 6:25 (E)
SJSU – Alexis Higlett, 4:46 (E)
SJSU – Brianna Lindsey, 4:20
UCSB – Aimee Stachowski, 4:08 (P)
UCSB – Christie Clark, 0:05
SJSU – Geraldine Hazlett, 0:00
UCSB – Amanda Tipton, 7:10 (E)
UCSB – Gillian Morgan, 6:13 (E)
SJSU – Bridget McKee, 2:34 (E)
UCSB – Sarah Kovach, 1:33 (E)
SJSU: Alexis Higlett – 3, Geraldine Hazlett – 2, Bridget McKee – 2, Deanna Lowry – 2, Tanya Torres – 2, Brianna Lindsey
UCSB: Gillian Morgan – 2, Chrissy Elles, Allie Carkin, Linsday Knott, Aimee Stachowski, Christie Clark, Amanda Tipton, Sarah Kovach
SJSU: Kendra Adama – 14
UCSB: Jenny Gonzales - 10