College NCAA Water Polo (Women)

UCLA women’s water polo team falls to second-ranked USC at Triton Invite

Photo: Catharyn Hayne / KLC fotos

On February 10-11, USC and UCLA ladies traveled to La Jolla where Triton Invitational took part, while Stanford and Cal had a bye weekend. Trojans won the tournament for the fifth time in a row, after beating Sonoma State, San Diego State, UC Irvine, and UCLA, whereas the 3rd-placed Bruins overpowered Iona, UC San Diego, and Arizona State prior to this loss to No. 2 USC.

On February 16, UC Irvine will host UCLA and then Cal on the following day. Stanford, USC, Cal, and UCLA will later travel to Irvine, partaking in Barbara Kalbus Invitational scheduled for February 23-25.


UCLA women started their participation in Triton Invitational with a match in which they crushed Iona (12:1).They dominated from the very beginning and went ahead 9:0 in the third quarter. Megan Hofer was the only Iona’s water polo player who managed to find the net, while Lexi Liebowitz and Brooke Maxson each netted a pair for UCLA.

UCLA 12:1 Iona
(4:0, 2:0, 4:1, 2:0)


Bruins also had an easy job against UC San Diego, as they outscored them with no trouble (10:2). They were led by Louise Hazell, Lizette Rozeboom and Maddie Musselman who scored two goals each. UCSD water polo players were scoreless in the first half, and only Ciara Franke and Taylor Onstott managed to net one each. After UCLA achieved an 8:0 lead, everything was clear and they finished the game in a routine manner.

(4:0, 3:0, 1:1, 2:1)


USC began the tournament by storming past Sonoma State on Saturday (13:1). Trojans entered the final period with a great twelve-goal advantage, as their rivals failed to score until the last minutes of the match. Paige Hauschild ended up being the top scorer with four goals, and Nina Ceklic added three.

USC 13:1 Sonoma State
(4:0, 5:0, 3:0, 1:1)


Later that same day, Hauschild netted another four goals against San Diego State, leading her team to a convincing win (14:2). Denise Mammolito recorded a hat trick. After leading 3:1 and 4:2, USC ladies stepped up their game in the last minutes of the first quarter and gradually increased the difference until the end.

USC 14:2 San Diego State
(6:2, 2:0, 2:0, 4:2)


Sunday saw more exciting games filled with suspense. First Trojans defeated UC Irvine (7:5). Although UC Irvine water polo players never trailed during this game, they were able to prevent difference becoming bigger than three. It was an equal duel in the first period. Trojan Hayley McKelvey netted the opener, after which Tara Prentice scored an equalizer. These two ladies then scored again one after another, and Brianna Daboub’s goal put USC into the lead after eight minutes (3:2). Kelsey McIntosh was the only scorer in the second quarter, so Trojans went on a break with a nice two-goal advantage (4:2).

Hauschild increased the lead to three at the start of the second half, which turned out to be insurmountable for UC Irvine ladies. They managed only to bring down the deficit to two on two occasions before the last period (5:3, 6:4). Then USC was up by three again thanks to Annika Jensen, leaving their opponents without chance of coming back. Therefore, the Trojans advanced to the 1st spot match.

USC 7:5 UC Irvine
(3:2, 1:0, 2:2, 1:1)


UCLA water polo squad held off Arizona State (7:6) to record their third win at Triton Invite. Bruins took the first lead after Roseboom found the net, but this was followed by three consecutive goals of Arizona State ladies. Liebowitz managed to cut the deficit before the end of the first quarter (2:3). Bronte Halligan tied the result in the second period, but Maud Koopman brought another lead for Arizona State before halftime (3:4). UCLA finally stepped up in the third quarter and took over the lead when Maxson found the net after Musselman equalized. Both teams demonstrated huge motivation for winning and there was a lot of suspense, as teams took turns in scoring until the end. UCLA eventually prevailed with ten seconds left on the clock and Roseboom was the hero of the game.

UCLA 7:6 Arizona State
(1:0, 1:3, 1:1, 4:2)


Bruins encountered Trojans in the finals but had no strength to beat them. The 2nd ranked USC was leading since the beginning of the game, and UCLA was only able to tie the result on two occasions. But their motivation was not enough for overpowering the Trojans. After Hauschild netted the opener, Grace Reego responded immediately. When USC went ahead 3:1 in the second quarter, Musselman and Roseboom each netted one and the result was tied in the third period. However, powerful USC scored three straight, and also had their defense on point, so UCLA was helpless. Musselman brought down the deficit to two with three minutes left on the clock, but that was all. None of the water polo players found the net afterward. USC celebrated their fifth Triton Invite title in a row and Daboub and Hauschild led their team with two goals each.

(2:1, 1:1, 1:1, 2:1)


Triton Invitational – Results

Saturday (February 10)
UCLA 12:1 Iona
UCSD 9:8 Indiana (OT)
Arizona State 11:5 Cal State East Bay
UCD 11:10 LMU
USC 13:1 Sonoma State
San Diego State 7:4 UCSB
UC Irvine 16:3 Santa Clara
CSUN 8:7 Long Beach State (2OT)
Indiana 13:5 Iona
LMU 11:4 Cal State East Bay
Arizona State 14:5 UCD
UCSB 10:4 Sonoma State
USC 14:2 San Diego State
Long Beach State 9:2 Santa Clara
UC Irvine 19:7 CSUN

Sunday (February 11, 2018)
Santa Clara 6:3 Sonoma State
Cal State East Bay 11:8 Iona
UCSB 10:5 Long Beach State
LMU 6:3 Indiana
San Diego State 8:5 CSUN
UC Davis 12:5 UCSD
USC 7:5 UC Irvine
UCLA 7:6 Arizona State
Iona 9:6 Sonoma State – 15th spot
Santa Clara 7:6 Cal State East Bay – 13th spot
Indiana 11:7 Long Beach State – 11th spot
LMU 7:6 UCSB – 9th spot
UCSD 6:3 CSUN – 7th spot
UCD 13:8 San Diego State – 5th spot
Arizona State 8:7 UC Irvine – 3rd spot
USC 6:4 UCLA – 1st spot


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