McKee Powers Spartans Past Arizona State, 16-13

Honolulu, Hawaii-----Bridget McKee scored a single-match personal best five goals, all in the second half, leading San Jose State University to a 16-13 win over Arizona State University in second-round action at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Women’s Water Polo Championship.

    The #6-ranked Spartans (20-13) never trailed after Juliet Moss scored the first of her four goals against the #8-ranked Sun Devils (13-14) at the 3:31 mark of the first quarter to break a 2-2 tie. Defeating Arizona State for the third time this season, San Jose State built a 6-2 second quarter advantage and led at halftime, 9-4.

    The Sun Devils mounted a third-quarter rally scoring six times and cut the deficit to 11-10 after Lynlee Smith scored for the third time in the period and her fourth in the match at 0:49. Back-to-back goals by McKee in the last 32 seconds of the quarter gave San Jose State a 13-10 lead going into the final quarter. The Spartans’ junior from Newbury Park, Calif., scored all four San Jose State goals in the quarter.

    "Bridget scored some huge goals for us after losing Kathryn Hannum (due to three ejections) in the third quarter. She came through big time for us," said associate head coach Johnny Bega.

    The Spartans reached the 20-win plateau for the second time in school history in a match filled with 25 ejections and one Arizona State penalty. San Jose State was 4-of-12 on the power play; the Sun Devils, 5-of-11.

    Dani Curran, like Moss, scoreless in the first-round match against #5-California, matched her with four scores of her own, all in the first half. Adriana Vogt was the only other San Jose State player in the scoring column with three tallies, all in the first half.

    "Our passing was much better today than yesterday. We didn't turn over the ball as much," added Bega.

    Meagan Minson stopped 11 Arizona State shots in the Spartans' victory.

    "Meagan made five saves in the fourth quarter that were key for us," concluded the Spartans associate head coach.

    The Spartans take on Hawaii in the MPSF Championships’ 5th-place match, Sunday, April 26, at 1:30 p.m. (HST)/4:30 p.m. (PDT). The Rainbow Wahine was a 10-9 overtime winner over San Diego State.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship Consolation Bracket
April 25, 2009
Score by Quarters   
#8-Arizona State (13-14)    2-2-6-3=13
#6-San Jose State (20-13)    5-4-4-3=16


Goal scoring
Arizona State Addison McGrath, Lynlee Smith, 4; Bonnie Miles, 2; Kari Walsh, Nikki Unbehaun, Kelly Phelps, 1.
San Jose State Bridget McKee, 5; Dani Curran, Juliet Moss, 4; Adriana Vogt, 3.

Goalkeeper saves
Arizona State Taylor Greenberg, 15.
San Jose State Meagan Minson, 11.