Water polo hosts invitational

    After winning over Hartwick College to kick off the season, the UCSD women’s water polo team hosted the UCSD NoGrip Invitational this past weekend.

    The Tritons’ division included University of Hawaii and Indiana. On Saturday, each team played two games, one against each of the other two teams in the same division.

    In their first game, the Tritons fell to the Rainbows, 8-4. The Tritons managed to keep the game close throughout the first half. At halftime, Hawaii led by only one goal, 4-3.

    However, UCSD struggled in the final two quarters. The Rainbows played a more aggressive style of defense and allowed just one goal in the second half. On the other end of the pool, the Tritons could not contain the Rainbows, who were able to earn and capitalize on open looks at the goal.

    Junior Dana Tucker led the Tritons, scoring two goals in the game. Team captain Emma Kudritzki and freshman Lindsay Grossman had one goal each.

    Playing against Indiana in its second game, UCSD jumped out into an early lead and never let the game get close in its 9-5 victory over Indiana.

    In the first half, UCSD scored two goals in the opening quarter, and added four more in the second. Indiana could not establish its offense and only managed to score once in the entire first half, which ended with the Tritons leading 6-1.

    UCSD maintained its advantage in the second half of the game. Indiana never made a threatening comeback, but it did score twice in each of the final two quarters.

    Kudritzki had four goals in the Tritons’ second game of the tournament, giving her a total of five on the day. Tucker and junior Elizabeth Keesey contributed two goals each, while junior Daniel Boyle scored once.

    After the first day of invitational, the Tritons were 2-1 in the early season. Results from Sunday’s action were unavailable at press time.

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