Women's Water Polo: No. 16 Tigers Dominate Poets, 20-5
Whittier began the first quarter notching back-to-back goals at the 4:58 and 4:17 marks to take the 2-0 lead. But sophomore Allison Kosich (Stockton, Calif.) cut the Poets lead to one, finding the back of the net with 3:18 left on the clock. Junior Allison King (Benicia, Calif.) then tied the game at 2-2, scoring a goal at the 1:28 mark. Junior Dara Tawarahara(Honolulu, Hawai'i) then gave Pacific its first lead of the game with 1:06 remaining in the quarter.
In the second quarter the Tigers expanded their lead to two when Tawarahara notched her second goal of the game at the 7:50 point. The Poets made it a one point game 43 seconds later, but sophomore Katherine Biehle (Visalia, Calif.) and freshman Jasmine Myles(Auckland, New Zealand) countered at the 6:56 and 6:27 spots respectively to put the Tigers up 6-3. Myles then tallied her second goal of the quarter with 6:32 on the clock to put Pacific up by four. Following a timeout, the Tiger offense continued to find the back of the net with Courtney Boettger (Stockton, Calif.), Brittany Lloyd (Orinda, Calif.) and Bridget Geck (Huntington Beach, Calif.) scoring goals making it a 10-3 game entering the half.
To start the third, Kosich tallied her second goal of the game while Tawarahara completed the hat trick at the 7:52 and 7:17 points respectively to increase Pacific's lead to nine. Pacific then gained a double digit lead in a four minute span on goals from Kosich, Myles and King with Kosich scoring two of Pacific's four goals. Trailing 16-3 the Poets scored their lone goal of the quarter with 2:01 remaining on the clock. Junior Meara McCarthy (Simsburry, Conn.) closed out the quarter tallying a goal at the 1:46 point to make it a 17-game.
In the final frame the Poets tallied their last goal of the contest at the 4:46 point but Biehle, junior Bethany Quertermous (Humble, Texas) and Myles each notched goals at the 4:35, 2:07 and :00 spots correspondingly for a final score of 20-5 to seal the victory for Pacific.
Offensively Pacific was led by sophomore Allison Kosich(Stockton, Calif.) who scored four goals in the contest. In the cage for Pacific freshman Brooke Millar (Auckland, New Zealand) had five saves in the first half while junior Kailee Bucknum(Mission Viejo, Calif.) had three blocks in the second half.
The Tigers conclude action at the Cal Lutheran Spring Classic at 1:30 p.m. against host Cal Lutheran.
Pacific: Kosich 4, Biehle 3, Myles 3, Tawarahara 3, A.King 2, Boettger, Geck, Lloyd, McCarthy, Quertermous.
Pacific: Quertermous 2, Geck.
Pacific: Myles 3, Biehle, Quertermous, Tawarahara, M.King, Collett, M.Loper
Pacific: Biehle, Geck, Quertermous.
Pacific: Millar 5, Bucknum 3.