TEMPE, Ariz, February 8. AFTER opening the UC San Diego Arena Invitational with two losses Saturday, the No. 14 Arizona State water polo team got back on the winning side of the standings with a 13-4 defeat of Cal State Bakersfield in championship pool play Sunday in LaJolla, Calif. Seven different Sun Devils tallied at least one goal in the victory that improved the team's record 3-4 on the year (0-0 MPSF).
The Sun Devils jumped to an early lead and headed into the second quarter with a 4-0 lead. By halftime, the advantage for ASU had grown to 7-1. The Sun Devils added three goals in each of the third and fourth quarters while the Roadrunners added one and two, respectively.
Holly Newman (So., San Diego, Calif.), who entered the contest with one goal on the season, exploded for four scores to pace the offense. Katie Davis (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) continued her scoring ways with another two-goal performance, extending her streak to seven games in a row with at least one goal. She was joined by Katie Hedley (Fr., Lake Forest, Calif.), Ashley Bower (Fr., Bondi Beach, Australia) and Kimberlee Stevens (So., Lodi, Calif.), each with two goals scored, and single-goal scorers in Elaine Bentley (So., San Diego, Calif.) and Lauren Jacobson (League City, Texas).
All three goalies on the Arizona State roster saw action in the game with Jennifer Sanderson (Jr., Walnut Creek, Calif.) playing the first quarter, recording one save while allowing no goals. Elizabeth Houck (So., San Diego, Calif.) then played the second and third quarters, stopping six shots and allowing two goals while Kristie Meyer (So., Reno, Nev.) closed the game in the nets with two goals allowed and one save. As a team, the Sun Devils went 5-for-9 with the six-on-five advantage while the Roadrunners went 2-for-9.
ASU will have next weekend off from competition before returning to the road Feb. 21-22 when its battles in the UC Davis Shootout. One week later, the Sun Devils will play in their first MPSF conference game when No. 11 Hawaii visits the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center for a 2 p.m. contest Feb. 27.