Record-Setting Win For #6-Water Polo; 14-5 Over UC Davis

Davis, Calif.-----In one of its most dominant matches of the season, San Jose State built a 13-2 lead after three quarters and closed the regular season with a 14-5 win over UC Davis in a non-conference women's water polo match.

The win for the #6-ranked Spartans (19-12) was their 11th in their last 12 matches and avenged a 10-9 loss to #10-UC Davis at the NorCal Open in Santa Clara, Calif., on February 1.

“We said to the players, Look, this (UC Davis) has to be played like a must-win MPSF (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) game. We got to play it that way. We can’t take time off now coming into the conference championship. The conference is everything for us. We need to have a great game and you guys have to come out and put it to them. They did. They did a great job,’” said San Jose State head coach Lou Tully.

“We had some good counters. If you play great defense, don’t give them the easy stuff, you can counter out. We got some 5-meter penalty shots, because they (UC Davis) could not handle the turn inside. Various players earned them for us today.”

Juliet Moss led San Jose State in scoring for the tenth time this season scoring four times, three on penalty shots. Her second goal of the match, a penalty shot conversion at 7:05 of the second quarter, was her 72nd score of the season establishing a new school single season record. On UC Davis’ next possession, Moss stole a pass, swam the length of the pool and scored her 199th career goal at 6:28 to become the new San Jose State career scoring leader. Her final tally came on a penalty shot at the start of the third quarter for her 200th in les than four seasons as a Spartan.

“We played really well. Everybody played really well. We were flowing today,” said Moss. “I usually don’t pay attention to records. I just go out and play, do whatever I can to win.”

Three other starters, freshman Dani Curran, senior Tanya Torres and sophomore Adriana Vogt, each scored three times. Bridget McKee also found the back of the goal for San Jose State. Vogt and Torres’ three goals and McKee’s tally give the Spartans five 40-goal scorers and three 50-goal markswomen for the first time in the 13-season history of the program. Torres hit the 50-goal plateau while Vogt, now with 42, and McKee, 40, are at the 40-goal mark in back-to-back seasons.

While goalkeepers Meagan Minson and Kelly Kennison combined for 10 saves, seven by Minson and three by Kennison, the San Jose State defense limited UC Davis to its fewest goals in a match for the fourth time this season. The Aggies appeared frustrated by the Spartans’ high hands and fired more than half of their shots high or wide.

The Spartans next face California in the opening round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 24.