Tigers Cruise Past SFU, Drop Match to Michigan

Tigers Cruise Past SFU, Drop Match to Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The women's water polo team cruised past Saint Francis University and dropped their match against No. 7 Michigan to conclude day one of the Wolverine Invitational on Saturday.

The No. 6 Tigers powered past the Red Flash, 21-2, but would fall upset later in the night against the Wolverines, 11-5, to move their record to a 5-6 on the year.

SFU drops to a 5-9 overall record while Michigan improves to 10-7. 


Pacific vs. Saint Francis - In Case You Missed It:

  • The Tigers came out the gates swinging against the Red Flash scoring a total of eight goals in the frame to take an early lead and never look back. 
  • 10 Tigers scored during the match, nine of which scored at least two goals in the contest. Brinnley Barthels and Savannah Fitzgerald would each tally a hat trick to lead the Tigers.

First Period:

  • The Tigers came out hot in the opening period against the Red Flash knocking in a total of eight goals to take a commanding 8-0 lead.
  • UOP shot 8-13 in the period as six different players found the back end. Mariana Duarte and Truly Dorland would lead the Orange and Black with a pair of goals.
  • Clara Vulpisi and Viktoria Tamas dished out four assists, two each, in the first frame.

Second Period:

  • The Tigers would score on back-to-back possessions at the six minute mark in the period as Samantha Pfaff found Viktoria Tamas (6:37) and Fitzgerald (6:09) knocked in her second goal of the day to push UOP's lead to double digits, 10-0.
    • Fitzgerald would register another goal (2:00) in the period to record a hat trick on the day.
  • Freshmen Ana Martinez do Amaral and Brianna Utas also contributed a goal in the second period scoring at even strength for the Tigers.
  • Pacific allowed the Red Flash to take just six shots on goal in the opening half.

Third Period:

  • Pacific would hold Saint Francis without a goal through the first 20:00 minutes of play before allowing a Red Flash score with 3:28 to go in the third period.
  • The Tigers would add two more goals in the frame, however, to keep SFU at bay and end the quarter up 16-2. 

 Fourth Period:

Notables:

  • UOP forced 17 turnovers against the Red Flash, 10 of which were converted for a goal. 
  • Savannah Fitzgerald logged her second hat trick of the season finishing with three goals and one steal. This would be just the third career hat trick for the sophomore. 
  • Duarte led the team with a game-high six points and season-high four assists against SFU. This would be just the second time the junior attacker has tallied four assists in her career.
    • Her first time came during her freshman year when she recorded four assists against California Baptist.
  • The Tigers' 17-point victory would be the largest margin of victory since the 2017 season. UOP defeated Pomona-Pitzer, 20-3, that year. 

Pacific vs. Michigan - In Case You Missed It:

  • In the nightcap of their doubleheader, the Tigers found themselves down early to tournament hosts Michigan and could not assemble a comeback for the victory. 
  • UOP would match the Wolverines with three goals in the second and two in the final frame, but were held scoreless in the first and third period to fall to their CWPA opponents.
  • Despite their offensive woes, senior Viktoria Szmodics lit up the Wolverines' defensive line shooting a perfect 4-4 from the field for her second four-goal performance of the season.

 First Period:

  • Both teams juggled for possession during the first couple drives of the match. The Wolverines would jump on the board first, however, as UOP allowed two goals to trail by 2-0 out the break.
  • Michigan halted the Orange and Black on three powerplay drives as UOP could not convert from the field.
  • Mariana Duarte took three shots on goal to lead the Tigers in the first period.

Second Period:

  • After two early goals by the Wolverines, senior Viktoria Szmodics delivered for her team driving in a pair of goals at the 4:53 and 2:30 mark to put Pacific's first points up on the board. This cut Michigan's lead in half, down 4-2.
  • Michigan pushed their lead back to three in the final minute but not for long as Szmodics tallied her third goal of the frame with :13 seconds to go for the hat trick. The Tigers would head into halftime down 5-3 against the Wolverines.

Third Period:

  • The Tigers gave up 4-0 unanswered to the Wolverines in the quarter. Michigan found some cushion as a result, now ahead 9-3 approaching the final frame.
  • Pacific would also be outshot by the Wolverines 9-3 in the third period.

Fourth Period:

  • Szmodics added her final goal of the game at the 4:43 mark at even strength. 
  • Brianna Utas scored her first goal of the match on the following possession for the Tigers off a powerplay (3:36). Mariana Duarte would find Utas for the score. 

Notables:

  • The Tigers drew 12 exclusions in the match but would only be able to convert on three of their 6-on-5 opportunities. Michigan drew five exclusions in the contest.
  • Viktoria Szmodics scored her 125th career goal on Saturday moving her up to 12th all-time in goals scored in UOP history. The Nagasika, Hungary native needs eight more goals to catch former Tiger Elise Martin for 11th all-time in career goals (133).

 

Up Next for the Tigers:

  • Pacific returns to Canham Natatorium tomorrow, March 3rd, as they wrap up the Wolverine Invite with matches against No. 21 Marist College and No. 14 UC San Diego.
  • The Red Foxes are an even 7-7 on the year. UCSD heads into Sunday's contest with an overall record of 6-10. The Tritons are coming off a 9-8 nailbiting victory against Marist on Saturday.
  • The Tigers will first take on Marist at 7:00 AM PST and UC San Diego at 11:45 AM PST. 

 

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