April 11, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The No. 16 UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team (13-10, 0-4) fell to No. 10 UC Irvine (18-8, 3-0), 11-10, in overtime on Saturday afternoon in Big West Conference play at Anteater Aquatics Complex.
UC Irvine took a 6-2 lead with 1:50 left in the second quarter on a goal from Caitlin Haskell, but the Gauchos fought back and cut the Anteater advantage to 6-4 at the half with two six-on-five goals.
The Anteaters outscored the Gauchos 3-2 in the third to push their lead to 9-6 heading into the final quarter. UCSB held UC Irvine scoreless in the fourth and tied the game at 9-9 with 3:24 left in the period. Neither team was able to break the tie, sending the game into overtime.
In the first overtime period, each team scored a goal, keeping the game tied at 10-10. With 2:19 remaining in the second overtime period, UC Irvine's Erin Kiene capitalized on a six-on-five opportunity to give the Anteaters an 11-10 lead. The Gauchos were held scoreless in the final two minutes as UCI secured the victory.
The Gauchos will conclude the regular season next weekend when they head to Loyola Marymount on Friday and then play Long Beach State and Sonoma State on Saturday in Long Beach.
Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.
#10 UC Irvine 11, #16 UC Santa Barbara
1 2 3 4 OT1 OT 2 Final UCSB 1 3 2 3 1 0 10 UCI 3 3 3 0 1 1 11
UCI Goals: Gianna Rossi 3, Julia Fancher 2, Courtney Collyer 2, Erin Keine 1, Ashling Taylor 1, Caitlin Haskell 1, Kat Plummer 1.
UCI Saves: Lauren Davis 11.
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