IRVINE, Calif. - A double-overtime surge by the No. 8 Pacific women's water polo team drove the Tigers to victory in their Sunday morning contest against No. 7 UC Irvine. A late-game goal from Mariana Duarte and Kyra Christmas sealed the deal for the Orange Black as Pacific clinched their late game victory over the Anteaters, 12-11.
Pacific's win pins them with an overall record of 7-4, taking seventh place in this weekend's Barbara Kalbus Invite. Their overtime victory also marks the Tigers' best finish in program history and highest ranking ever as they now take the No. 7 spot in the nation.
The Anteaters' loss drops them to 4-8 on the season.
Clinging on to an 8-7 advantage heading into the 4th period, the Orange and Black would go on to score two more goals but could not hold off the Anteaters as UC Irvine scored with :29 left to go to send the game into overtime.
In their first overtime, Duarte won the opening sprint and took a shot at the goal post only to have it blocked by Irvine's Morgan Jones. Duarte then stole a pass from UCI which led to another Tiger break. An exclusion charge drawn by Truly Dorland awarded the Orange and Black with a penalty shot opportunity. Duarte capitalized, as she scored on the play and gave Pacific the lead back, 11-10.
The Tigers won the opening tip heading into the sixth period, as Kyra Christmas registered her third goal of the match with 1:00 to go off of a powerplay to give her team a two-point cushion.
Irvine would go on to score in the final minute but it wouldn't be enough as Pacific took home the dramatic victory.
Duarte and Christmas led the Tigers in shooting, tallying 19 of the Orange and Black's 36 total shots on goal.
The Tigers also went 4-8 on their powerplays and won four out of the six total sprints to start out the period.
Pacific travels to UC Davis this upcoming weekend in a nonconference match with the Aggies set for 11:00 AM. Live stats of the match will be provided via FOSH.net.