Berkeley, Calif.-----Anna Natalizio closed out her San Jose State University career with a game-high four goals, but the University of California’s power-play was good for seven scores in a 12-8 victory over the Spartans in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s water polo tournament’s fifth-place match.
Cal (17-7) was 7-of-12 on power-play chances. San Jose State (12-12) was 4-of-11 with the player advantage in its final match of the season.
“Anna had a tremendous game. She did a great job all the way around,” said San Jose State coach Lou Tully.
The Spartans’ only lead was in the first minute of match on a Victoria Smith power play. The Golden Bears scored their first three goals on power plays and closed out the first quarter with a 4-1 lead.
Twice, San Jose State closed the gap to a two-goal differential in the match, but could not get any closer.
“I thought our girls played really well. They did a good job. We went through a bunch of stuff last night (in our team meeting) on film and talked about how we wanted to play this game,” said the Spartans head coach.
“We initially had a little trouble with our five-man (defense) which got them up.”
Cal goalkeeper Savanna Smith was credited with nine saves. San Jose State goalkeeper Maddie Reardon stopped six shots.
“There were a lot of ejections. We needed to adjust and I don’t think we adjusted enough. We never gave up. We kept going up till the very end,” said Reardon.
“We made some small mistakes and those small mistakes led to (Cal) goals.”
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Water Polo Tournament
Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, Calif.
April 28, 2013
5th Place Game
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San Jose State – Anna Natalizio, 4; Timi Molnar, Bianca Seyfert, Victoria Smith, Rae Lekness, 1, each.
California – Breda Vosters, Remington Price, 2, each; Dana Ochsner, Ashley Young, Chris Baker, Victoria Williams, Michelle Caron, 1, each.
San Jose State – Maddie Reardon, 6.
California – Savanna Smith, 9.
San Jose State – 12.
California – 11.