Women's Water Polo: No. 17 Pacific Splits Action At Pacific Invite, Fall To No. 3 California
In the first frame Pacific took the 1-0 lead at the 7:12 point on a goal from junior Dara Tawarahara (Honolulu, Hawai'i) but California countered at the 6:24 mark to tie the game at one goal apiece. The Golden Bears notched back-to-back goals at the 3:32 and 1:33 spots to take the 3-1 lead at the end of the first.
The Tiger offense was held scoreless in the second quarter while California expanded its lead to three on a goal with 3:34 on the clock.
Leading 4-1 entering the third quarter, California notched a goal with 7:39 left on the clock to make it a 5-1 contest, but Pacific's Tawarahara found the back of the net at the 6:00 mark to cut California's lead to three. With 2:32 remaining in regulation the Bears then took the 6-2 lead but Tawarahara again responded 32 seconds later cutting California's lead in half. California then closed out the quarter notching a goal with 0:34 on the clock to make it a 7-3 contest heading into the fourth quarter.
California opened the final frame tallying four consecutive goals at the 6:57, 6:11, 4:42, and 3:47 points to expand its lead to eight. The Tigers were unable to overcome the California's lead as Tawarahara notched Pacific's final goal with 2:24 remaining on the clock for an 11-4 final score.
The Tigers return to action March 27-28, as the Pacific travels to Santa Barbara, Calif., for the Gaucho Invite.
Pacific: Tawarahara 4.
Pacific: Millar 12.