Honolulu, Hawaii-----Dani Curran was San Jose State University's only multi-goal scorer as the #6-ranked Spartans were edged by #5-University of Hawaii, 6-5, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's water polo match.
Curran scored twice as San Jose State (16-11, 2-4 MPSF) missed out on beating a team ranked fifth nationally for the second time this season. Earlier in 2010, the Spartans knocked off #5-Michigan at the UC Irvine Invitational.
"It's always tough to win in Hawaii. Our team did a really good job of focusing (on the match) and we gave it our best shot. I was very pleased with the way we played except for missing some shots," said San Jose State coach Lou Tully.
Curran, who reached the 40-goal plateau for the second time in her two seasons as a Spartan, had a chance to tie the match at 6-6 on the Spartans' final fourth quarter possession, but her hit the crossbar.
"We played pretty good defense and Meagan (Minson) played really well in goal," added Tully, whose team had a pair of two goal leads in the first quarter and was ahead 4-3 in the second before Hawaii grabbed a 5-4 lead going into halftime.
Minson was credited with 10 saves as Hawaii (16-8, 4-3 MPSF) was only able to match its second lowest single-game scoring total of the season. The Rainbow Wahine's fewest goals in 2010 match came in a 7-4 loss to California in the conference opener for both teams.
Carmen Eggens of Hawaii led all players with four goals. Hawaii also capitalized on its power play scoring on all four of its 6-on-5 advantages.
San Jose State was 1-for-2 in 6-on-5 situations. Bridget McKee, Adriana Vogt and Janessa Schmidbauer joined Curran in the scoring column. McKee moved up in a third-place tie with Liz Garcia on the Spartans' career goal scoring list at 155.
Despite the loss, Tully sees the continued progress of the Spartans who close out the regular season, Friday, April 23, hosting number-one ranked and MPSF leader University of Southern California.
"This team has done a nice job of improving in the last month. It's been a characteristic of our program to get better going down to the end of the year. This year's team has responded well to all of the changes that took place from the start of the season," concluded the San Jose State coach.
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Water Polo
Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex, Honolulu, Hawaii
April 17, 2010
#6-San Jose State (16-11, 2-4 MPSF) 3-1-0-1=5
#5-Hawaii (16-7, 4-3 MSPF) 3-2-0-1=6
San Jose State - Dani Curran, 2; Bridget McKee, Adriana Vogt, Janessa Schmidbauer, 1 each.
Hawaii - Carmen Eggens, 4; Dagmar Greene, Sarah Majuri, 1 each.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson 10.
Hawaii - Sarah Bredin, 12.