#9 Women's Water Polo Downs #18 Hartwick, But Splits In Michigan

Alexis Hollinrake (photo by Wayne Tilcock)
Alexis Hollinrake (photo by Wayne Tilcock)

Ann Arbor, Mich. - The No. 9 Pacific women's water polo team split on Sunday, posting a
12-8 win over No. 18 Hartwick, but falling to No. 6 UC Irvine at the Wolverine Invite.

Mariana Duarte, Karolina Hlavata, Rachel Krieger, Viktoria Szmodics and Viktoria Tamas each scored twice against Hartwick, while Kyra Christmas and Ellen Tiedemann tallied once each.

Duarte and Christmas posted two goals each against the Anteaters, with Tamas and Krieger each providing one.

Against Hartwick, Szmodics scored just 26 seconds in against No. 18 Hartwick, off an assist from Tamas. Tamas then scored for a 2-0 Pacific lead after four minutes. Krieger added a goal off a Tamas assist before Madison Germuska got Hartwick on the board. After a goal from the Hawks' Nicolina Mihaljlovik, Szmodics tallied again for a 4-2 lead, but Zsofia Polak made it a one-goal game headed into the second.

Christmas stretched Pacific's lead to 5-3 with her 50th career goal (in her 20th game as a Tiger), and Duarte tallied for a 6-3 advantage. However, Lena Kotanchyan and Mihaljlovik brought Hartwick within one with three minutes before the half. Duarte added her second to give the Tigers a 7-5 lead at the break.

In the third, Hlavata scored twice to give the Tigers a four-goal lead, and Tiedemann put Pacific up 10-5. Tamas answered a Hartwick goal with a power-play marker and Krieger stretched the lead to 12-6 before the Hawks picked up the only two goals of the fourth quarter.

Hollinrake recorded nine saves in goal for Pacific.

Against UC Irvine, Mckenna Mitchell put the 'Eaters up 1-0 before Christmas answered immediately. But Julie Swieca scored on the very next possession and Kelsey Thornton gave UC Irvine a 3-1 lead. Duarte tallied on a 6-on-5 advantage  to cut the margin to 3-2 at the end of the first.

In the second, Gabby Pierandozzi provided a 4-2 Irvine lead before Krieger struck back, but UCI goalie Annika Nelson posted a save and then sprung Cara Borkovec for a goal and a 5-3 Anteater lead headed into halftime.

Mitchell provided a 6-3 margin before Christmas fed Duarte for her second goal of the game. Christmas then pulled the Tigers within one at 6-5 with 3:08 to go in the third.

In the fourth, Swieca posted an unassisted goal for a 7-5 lead. Hollinrake posted a save on a five-meter penalty shot to keep the Tigers close and Tamas delivered a goal right after as Pacific closed within one, 7-6. But UC Irvine made two defensive stops and Mary Brooks converted a five-meter penalty shot for an 8-6 lead with 1:53 to go, and Nelson saved Christmas on a five-meter penalty with 44 second to go as UC Irvine escaped with the win.

Hollinrake made 10 saves in goal for Pacific, while Nelson finished with 12 saves for UC Irvine.

Pacific now stands at 10-7 on the season after a 2-2 performance at the Wolverine Invite.
All seven of Pacific's losses have come to teams ranked in the top 11 of the CWPA Top 25 on game day.