#6-Spartans Edged By #3-Cal, 7-5

Los Angeles, Calif.----- San Jose State University, sixth-ranked nationally, became the first team to keep #3-University of California scoreless in the second half of a 2010 women's water polo match.

            However, the Golden Bears (24-6) jumped to a 3-0 first quarter lead and hung on for a 7-5 decision over the Spartans (16-13) in a quarterfinal round match at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship at the Spieker Aquatic Complex.

           "Our effort was tremendous. Our players knew the importance of this game. We really did a nice job on defense. It's really hard to shut out a team for a half," said San Jose State coach Lou Tully whose team spent a lot of practice time before the Cal match solidifying its defense.

THE DIFFERENCE IN THE MATCH


           "Our turnovers in the beginning of the game and the offensive mistakes on our part allowed them to get their goals."

            Cal came into the second meeting between these teams this season as the highest scoring team in the conference during regular-season play with 323 goals. Stephanie Schnugg scored three times including two of Cal's three first-quarter goals as the Golden Bears opened up a 3-0 advantage before Kathryn Hannum scored the Spartans' first goal on a 6-on-5 power play.

            Adriana Vogt and Dani Curran accounted for the remaining San Jose State goals with two apiece.

            "Where we fell down was we needed some goals We shot the ball all over the place. We have to be more assertive with our shooting," assessed the Spartans' head coach.

            The Spartans trailed 7-3 at halftime and closed the deficit to 7-5 early in the fourth quarter. Curran was the only player on either team to score in the second half. Her final goal came with 7:25 remaining.

THE DEFENSE COMES THROUGH

            San Jose State goalkeeper Meagan Minson was credited with eight saves, six of them in the second half. California goalkeeper Stephanie Peckham stopped nine Spartan shots.

            "Meagan played tremendous," said Tully, who believed Minson was better than the final box indicated. He also found more playing time for Kelly Stewart and Janessa Schmidbauer in the second half for defensive reasons. "They did a great job."

            The Spartans will face #12-ranked San Diego State in second-day championship action, Saturday, May 1, at 11:30 a.m. The winner will play in the fifth place game on May 2 and the loser will play in the seventh place contest that same day.

             "Any team in this tournament is capable of winning. We have to play eqaully well, if not better (tomorrow)," concluded the San Jose State head coach.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Water Polo Championship
Spieker Aquatic Complex, Los Angeles, Calif.
April 30, 2010

Quarterfinal Round

 

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F

#6-San Jose State (16-13)

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1

1

5

#3-California (24-6)

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4

0

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7

San Jose State Goals: Dani Curran 2, Adriana Vogt 2, Kathryn Hannum, 1.
San Jose State Saves: Meagan Minson 8.

California Goals: Stephanie Schnugg 3, Emily Csikos 2, Dana Ochsner 1, Elizabeth McLaren 1.
California Saves: Stephanie Peckham 9.