ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The women's water polo team pulled off two victories on Sunday to wrap up their stay at Michigan's Wolverine Invite.
Pacific (7-6) edged past No. 21 ranked Marist College, 12-7, to kick off the day Sunday morning and tightroped past No. 14 UC San Diego, 8-7, ending the tournament with a record of 3-1. Marist moves to 7-9 on the year and UCSD drops to 7-11 overall.
Pacific vs. Marist College - In Case You Missed It:
- The Tigers would allow three Marist goals in the final frame but stayed in control of the match limiting the Red Foxes to just 7-26 shooting from the field.
- Mariana Duarte paced the Orange and Black with a game-high four goals in the contest.
- Freshman goalie Clara Vulpisi also had a game-high five steals to go along with six halting the Red Foxes on offense.
- The Tigers opened up the margin early in the first period as Viktoria Szmodics, Duarte, Savannah Fitzgerald each tallied a goal to take a 3-0 lead.
- Marist would eventually get on the board but not until the two-minute mark. The Red Foxes would take three shots on goal in the frame while committing seven turnovers.
- Both teams would struggle to find the back end starting off the second as Marist scored the first goal of the period with 3:37 left to play.
- The Tigers would answer, however, as Mariana Duarte went back-to-back scoring on two drives for UOP (1:39, :53) with just under a minute left in the half.
- Marist would miss a penalty shot and Vulpisi would make a late-second save to hold the Red Foxes off and send her team into the break with a three-point advantage, 5-2.
- After trading goals at the six-minute mark, the Tigers kicked it into high gear scoring 4-0 straight goals to jump out to their largest lead in the match, 10-3.
- Marist would end the third period with a goal of their own to chip at the Tigers' lead, down 10-4.
- Tamas took advantage of a Marist exclusion in the opening minute of the fourth and scored off a powerplay to keep Pacific in front, 11-4.
- Duarte scored her fourth and final goal of the contest at even strength (4:46) to help the Tigers stay ahead, 12-5. UOP would cruise to victory following that point.
Pacific vs. UC San Diego - In Case You Missed It:
- A 3-0 lead to end the first frame would not be enough for the Tigers as UCSD utilized a four-goal second period to trim the deficit and keep things close.
- Savannah Fitzgerald showed up big time in Pacific's battle with the Tritons recording four goals to power the Tigers, including two of UOP's last four goals in the second half.
- A failed shot opportunity and turnover by UCSD in the final :30 seconds of the match would be the deciding factor as Mariana Duarte stole a Triton pass to seal the deal and help the Tigers escape with a one-point victory.
- The Tigers quickly found their rhythm in the first period scoring two goals in the first three minutes of the match and adding another at the 2:30 mark to jump out to a 3-0 lead over UCSD.
- Duarte led the way scoring her only two goals of the match in the period. The junior took four shots on goal for UOP.
- The Tritons turned things around in the second as they drove in two unanswered goals and outscored the Tigers, 4-2, in the frame.
- Truly Dorland (3:13) would score her first goal of the day and Fitzgerald (2:00) would add another but despite their effort the Tigers headed into halftime up by just one score, 5-4.
- San Diego would knot up the match at 5-all scoring on their first possession of the second half.
- The duo of Dorland and Fitzgerald came up clutch again, however, aiding their team with two goals to retake the lead, 7-5, in the third period.
- A Triton goal at even strength would end the period and pin UCSD back within one.
- San Diego would tie up the match two more times in the final quarter of play but the Tigers would have the final say as Fitzgerald found a pass from senior Viktoria Szmodics and sunk in the go-ahead goal to put her team back up, 9-8.
- Mariana Duarte made two pivotal steals down the stretch for her team, one of which halted the Triton's last possession of the ball game not allowing a shot on goal.
- Savannah Fitzgerald tallied her second hat trick of the weekend with her four-goal performance on Sunday. The sophomore now has 18 goals on the year and continue to lead the Tigers with 16 drawn exclusions.
- Vulpisi kept a .500 save percentage in the cage against UCSD. The freshman goalie logged eight saves to go along with three steals. She keeps her steal-streak alive now at five-straight matches with a steal.
- Mariana Duarte drew a season-high four exclusions for the Orange and Black. This is also a career-high for the junior from Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Up Next for the Tigers:
- Pacific takes a week off and heads back to Chris Kjeldsen Pool for it's first home match of the season on Saturday, March 16th.
- There the Tigers will host Michigan for a 1:00 PM match. This will be the fourth time the two teams have fared off against each other this season.