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Women's Water Polo: Tigers Win Wild Shootout in Sudden Death, Upset No. 10 Cal State Northridge 8-7

Apr 17, 2010

After five tie scores and six lead changes Pacific's women's water polo team upset No. 10 Cal State Northridge 8-7 in sudden death. With the win the Tigers improved to 21-9 (3-1 Big West) while the Matadors fell to 26-7 (4-1 Big West).

Freshman Jasmine Myles (Auckland, New Zealand) and junior Dara Tawarahara (Honolulu, Hawai'i) tallied back-to-back goals at the 3:19 and 1:10 spots in the first quarter respectively to put the Tigers up 2-0.

After trailing the Tigers 2-0 entering the second quarter, Renee Gargiulo of Cal State Northridge found the back of the net at the 6:29 point to put the Matadors on the board. Pacific regained the two point lead with 3:23 remaining in the quarter when junior Bridget Geck (Huntington Beach, Calif.) tallied her first goal of the day, but the Matadors responded with consecutive goals at the 3:05 and 1:38 spots to tie the game at three all. Geck then found the back of the net for the second time in the quarter with 1:26 on the clock to give Pacific the 4-3 lead entering the half.

At the start of the third quarter Cal State Northridge tallied a goal at the 7:27 mark to tie the game at 4-4. Offensively Pacific was unable to find the back of the net in the quarter but the Tiger defense had several critical plays in the quarter to prevent the Matadors from taking the lead which included a field block infront of the cage from Tawarahara at the 6:32 point. Freshman Brooke Millar (Auckland, New Zealand) tied Julie Ross for most saves in a single season when she picked up her sixth save in the contest at the 4:34 point, which was also her 254th save on the year.

In the fourth frame Myles tallied her second goal on the day to give the Tigers the one point advantage but the Matadors countered with two uninterrupted goals to take the 6-5 lead. Myles then completed the hat trick at the 3:43 point to tie the game at six goals apiece, sending the game into double overtime.

In the first overtime period Myles notched her fourth goal on the day to put the Tigers up 7-6 while Pacific's defense held the Matadors scoreless. During the second overtime period Cal State Northridge's Sydney Sonoda sent the game into sudden death when she found the back of the net with 1:24 left on the clock and tied the game at 7-7.

Geck helped the Tigers deliver the upset over the Matadors when completed the hat trick at the 2:39 point in the first three minute sudden death period, giving Pacific the 8-7 victory.

Freshman Jasmine Myles (Auckland, New Zealand) tallied four goals in the win for Pacific, while freshman Brooke Millar (Auckland, New Zealand) recorded 12 saves in the cage for the Tigers. Millar's seventh save of the contest at the 1:22 mark set a new program record for most saves on the season with 255. With her 12 saves against the Matadors, Millar currently has 259 saves on the year. "For Brooke to break the single season saves record as a freshman in her first semester here at Pacific is a fantastic accomplishment and I am excited for her future here at Pacific," said Head Coach Megan Thomson.

Pacific's win over Cal State Northridge marks the Tigers third conference victory, which also set a new record for most conference wins in a season. The 2005 Tigers previously held the record with two conference wins. Thomson stated, "I am so proud of our team today. They defensively stuck to our game plan. It was a huge win for us beating the 10th ranked team in the country who was undefeated in conference play until today."

The Tigers close out their final home stand of the 2010 season on Sunday, April 18 at 11 a.m. against No. 12 UC Santa Barbara. Following Pacific's contest with the Gauchos, the 2010 Tigers will take on the alumni at 1 p.m.

Scoring Summary

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

OT1

OT2

OT3

Final

No. 10 Cal State Northridge

0

3

1

2

0

1

0

7

No. 16 Pacific

2

2

0

2

1

0

1

8

Goals
Pacific: Myles 4, Geck 3, Tawarahara .

Steals
Pacific: Myles 3, Geck, Quertermous, Tawarahara.

Field Blocks
Pacific: Tawarahara 2, Myles, Biehle, Geck, Quertermous, M. King.