IRVINE, California, March 9. THREE players scored two goals each and Caylinn Wallace stopped 15 shots, but it was not enough as the No. 8 Arizona State University water polo team dropped a marathon game at No. 9 UC Irvine, falling to the Anteaters, 10-9, in four overtimes Saturday in Irvine, Calif. The loss dropped the Sun Devils to 11-9 overall and 1-4 in the MPSF while the Anteaters improved to 10-7 overall and 3-4 in the MPSF.
The game opened with the Sun Devils taking a 3-2 lead through the first quarter of play before building that into a 5-2 lead at the half. But, a 3-0 third quarter for the Anteaters tied the game at five before both teams scored three each in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
In the first extra session, UCI scored for a 9-8 lead before the Sun Devils responded in the second overtime to force sudden victory overtime. After neither team scored in the third overtime, the hosts tallied a goal in the fourth session for the 10-9 victory. The last time the Sun Devils played a game similar to this came two years ago in the MPSF Championships, which took place in Irvine and was against the Anteaters. In that game, the Sun Devils won, 13-12, also in four overtimes.
Traci Aparicio, Lauren Hayes and Addison McGrath each scored two goals in the game while Katy Lawlor, Kelly Phelps and Christy Stibbe each added one goal.
Special thanks to Arizona State for contributing this report.