RIVERSIDE, Calif., March 14. THE No. 19 Arizona State women's water polo team kept rolling along on its recent success streak Friday afternoon at the Lancer
Invitational in Riverside, Calif., by escaping with a 3-2 victory over George Washington.
With the win, the Sun Devils improved to 11-7 on the year and pushed its record winning streak to five in a row. The 11 wins on the year is the most in a season in the short history of the program, surpassing the 10 recorded in the inaugural 2002 campaign.
The Sun Devils jumped out to an early 2-0 first quarter lead with Katie Davis (Jr., Riverside, Calif.) and Gili Kollan (So., Kiriat Bialik, Israel) each netting a goal. The Colonials answered with a score of their own in the second with ASU clinging to a 2-1 halftime lead.
After a scoreless third, each team netted their final goal to make the final 3-2. In the fourth quarter with four minutes remaining, Davis recorded her second goal to give the Sun Devils a 3-1 lead. With 1:30 remaining in the game, the Colonials cut the lead to 3-2 and pressed the ASU defense to the end. Lizzie Houck (Fr., San Diego, Calif.), who added an assist in the game with Kollan, came up huge for the team in goal
as she stopped 15 shots, the second-most in a single game in team history. Save No. 15 was the biggest of the night as she made the stop as time expired on the clock with GWU looking to force overtime.
Houck joins Nancy Holmes at No. 2 with 15 saves after Holmes accomplished the feat on March 23, 2002, against LaVerne. The record of 16, also held by Holmes, was recorded Feb. 17 at Santa Cruz.
On the records front, Daya Mau (Fr., Honolulu, Hawaii) was held pointless in the contest and snapped her consecutive points streak at nine games in a row. Kollan now has the longest current streak on the team with six games. In that span of competition, Kollan has picked up 18 points on 11 goals and seven assists. Her streak has been built on six games in a row with at least one goal and four in a row with an assist.
The Lancer Invitational concludes Saturday with the Sun Devils playing another pair. ASU will face Cal State Bakersfield at 11:45 a.m. and host Cal Baptist at 3:30 p.m. to wrap up its current five-weekend road swing.