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    Pacific Women's Water Polo: No. 12 Tigers Travel to Big West Tournament as the No. 1 Seed

    Apr 22, 2010

    After upsetting No. 10 Cal State Northridge and No. 12 UC Santa Barbara to claim the Big West regular season title, Pacific's women's water polo team jumped four spots to No. 12 in the latest poll released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA).

    The Tigers had previously spent three weeks in the No. 16 spot. This marks the Tigers highest ranking this season and is also the highest ranking in program history.


    Record Breaking Weekend
    No. 16 Pacific returned to Chris Kjeldsen Pool April 17-18 to host No. 10 Cal State Northridge and No. 12 UC Santa Barbara. Prior to Saturday, No. 10 Cal State Northridge entered the game as the only team undefeated in Big West action. After five tie scores and six lead changes, Pacific took down the Matadors 8-7 in sudden death. Junior Bridget Geck(Huntington Beach, Calif.) found the back of the net with 2:39 left on the clock in the first sudden death period to help the Tigers upset No. 10 Cal State Northridge. FreshmanJasmine Myles (Auckland, New Zealand) also tallied four goals in the contest.

    During Pacific's contest against the Cal State Northridge freshman Brooke Millar (Auckland, New Zealand) set a new saves single season record. At the 4:34 point in the third quarter, Millar's fifth save of the contest gave her 254 saves on the season to tie Julie Ross. With 1:22 remaining on the clock Millar blocked a shot from Kristin McLaughlin to move to atop Pacific's All-Time Saves list with 255 total saves. Pacific's victory over Cal State Northridge also marked Pacific's third win in the Big West, which set a new program record for most conference wins in a season. The record was previously held by the 2005 squad who won two conference games in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation under the guidance of head coach Ryan Brown.

    After defeating the Matadors, Pacific needed a win over No. 12 UC Santa Barbara to claim the Tigers first Big West regular season title in program history. In the contest juniors Bridget Geck (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Dara Tawarahara (Honolulu, Hawaii) notched three goals apiece to help the Tigers defeat the Gauchos 13-9, while freshman Millar picked up 10 saves in the cage.

    Geck Voted Big West Player of the Week

    Following a double hat trick weekend Geck was voted the Big West Player of the Week on April 21. In Pacific's final home stand she tallied six goals, one steal and one field block.

    Geck has notched a total of 39 goals in 29 games for a 1.34 goals per game average, and is the third Tiger this season to earn the award. Junior Dara Tawarahara (Honolulu, Hawaii) was named the Player of the Week on March 24 after tallying nine goals in three games. Freshman Jasmine Myles (Auckland, New Zealand) has earned the honor twice this season (Feb. 4 and 24).

    Big West Tournament

    With the 2010 Big West Tournament scheduled to kickoff on Friday, April 23 in Long Beach, Calif., Pacific enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed and will have a first round bye. Head Coach Megan Thomson and the Tigers will face the winner from Game 1 between UC Irvine (12-14, 3-2 Big West) and UC Davis (15-16, 1-4 Big West) on Saturday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

    Pacific (22-9, 4-1 Big West) and Cal State Northridge (27-7, 4-1 Big West) are the only teams entering this year's tournament with 20 or more wins. More information for the 2010 Big West Tournament is available on thechampionship homepage.

     

    Championship Schedule

    Friday, April 23

    Game 1 (4 pm): UC Irvine vs. UC Davis

    Game 2 (5:45 p.m.) UC Santa Barbara vs. Long Beach State

    Saturday, April 24

    Game 3 (4 p.m.) Pacific vs. Game 1 winner

    Game 4 (5:45 p.m.) Cal State Northridge vs. Game 2 winner

    Sunday, April 25

    Game 5 (12 p.m.): Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser

    Game 6 (2 p.m.): Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser

    Game 7 (3:45 p.m.): Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner

    Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 20 Poll

    Rank

    Team

    April 14 Poll

    Points

    1

    University of Southern California

    1

    100

    2

    Stanford University

    2

    95

    3

    University of California

    3

    90

    4

    University of California, Los Angeles

    4

    84

    5

    University of Hawaii

    5

    81

    6

    San Jose State University

    6

    74

    7

    University of Michigan

    7 (T)

    70

    8

    Loyola Marymount University

    7 (T)

    68

    9

    Arizona State University

    9

    58

    10

    Hartwick College

    11

    56

    11

    California State University, Northridge

    10

    49

    12

    University of the Pacific

    16

    42

    13

    San Diego State University

    14

    40

    14

    University of California, Santa Barbara

    12

    36

    15

    Indiana University

    15

    32

    16

    University of California, Irvine

    13

    30

    17

    University of California, Davis

    17

    16

    18

    University of California, San Diego

    18 (T)

    13

    19

    Princeton University

    RV

    7

    20

    California Baptist University

    20

    6

    RV

    California State University, Bakersfield

    18 (T)

    4

    RV

    Long Beach State University

    NR

    3

    RV

    Marist College

    RV

    3

    RV

    Bucknell University

    NR

    1