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    Tritons in Third After Loss to LMU

    No. 16 UCSD could not score a late goal to tie the game against No. 12 LMU on April 26, but did get the go-ahead goal in the last second of an 8-7 win on April 27. (Erik Jepsen/Guardian file)

    WATER POLO — Hopes of winning the Western Water Polo
    Association Championship were alive for the No. 16 Tritons until the final
    seconds of their contest against No. 12 Loyola Marymount University in the WWPA
    Semifinal game on April 26. The Tritons fought from a 4-1 deficit in the fourth
    quarter only to fall one goal short in a 4-3 loss to the Lions after they
    advanced to the semifinals with an 8-6 win over Sonoma
    State University

    on April 25. After the tough loss, the Tritons bounced back to take third place
    in the tournament by beating Santa Clara University 8-7 with a tiebreaking goal
    in the game’s final second on April 27 to end their season.

    UCSD’s defense was tough against LMU, as the Tritons played
    the Lions for the second time in the last two weeks. While the matchup on April
    12 resulted in a 9-7 win by the Tritons, this game featured fewer goals and
    many more defensive stops from both teams.

    “We didn’t have the offense going for us this game that we
    had two weeks ago,” senior utility Nicole Hermann said. “We didn’t take as many
    shots so we didn’t have as many offensive opportunities.”

    The Lions started off the scoring early on in the first
    period, slipping a shot past senior goalkeeper Kim Hockett for the first score
    of the game. The rest of the quarter went by scoreless as each team’s defense
    took control.

    UCSD got on the board with 5:35
    left in the second period when senior attacker Elizabeth Hahn scored for the
    Tritons to tie the game at one. The Lions added another goal before the break
    to take a 2-1 lead into halftime.

    Down only one score,
    the Tritons had a good chance to tie up the game with their defense shutting
    out the Lions for the entire third period. Unfortunately, UCSD’s offense
    continued to struggle against LMU’s defense and the third period went by
    scoreless.

    The Tritons did not begin the final period well, quickly
    seeing their one-goal deficit turn into a three-goal hole after the Lions
    scored twice in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter. With six minutes
    left, UCSD’s offense finally showed up as junior attacker Sydney Gstettenbauer
    scored a 6-on-5 goal with 5:55 left
    in regulation. The Tritons took advantage of another defensive miscue for their
    second goal of the quarter, as Gstettenbauer converted on a five-meter penalty
    shot with 3:32 left to cut LMU’s
    lead to 4-3.

    “We became more aggressive at the end of the game,” head
    coach Larry Sanders said. “If we had done that throughout the game, we would
    have had a better chance at winning.”

    The Lions pressed hard to keep the Tritons from completing a
    comeback, as their defense helped hold on to the one-point lead to send the
    Lions to their eighth straight WWPA Championship.

    “We’ve proven that we can play with anyone defensively,”
    Sanders said. “Offensively in this game, we only shot the ball 16 times — about
    half of our normal amount. We need to be more aggressive of offense and that’s
    something that we’re going to work on in the offseason.”

    The Tritons were able to play in the semifinal against LMU
    because of their victory over Sonoma State
    University
    one day earlier. Playing
    their second game of the day, the Seawolves opened up the scoring with a goal
    in the first period. Gstettenbauer answered for the Tritons, tying the game up
    at 1-1 with 1:37 left in the first
    period.

    UCSD had a strong second quarter, building a 4-1 lead, but
    the Seawolves rallied back for a goal at the end of the half and another to
    open up the third quarter, cutting the lead to 4-3.

    Senior two-meter Judy Emaus added a score for the Tritons
    early in the third quarter to extend their lead to 5-3. After Sonoma
    State University

    cut the lead to 5-4, the Tritons took control of the game with back-to-back
    scores that sealed the victory.

    Gstettenbauer led the Tritons offensively with four scores
    and Hockett protected the goal with 11 saves.

    Sonoma State
    got a lot better throughout the season and we were able to shut them down and
    get ready to play against LMU,” Hermann said.

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