#9 Women's Water Polo Rolls Past Fresno Pacific

#9 Women's Water Polo Rolls Past Fresno Pacific

FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 9 Pacific women's water polo team rolled past Fresno Pacific, 16-8, Thursday in a Golden Coast Conference match-up.

Kyra Christmas, Mariana Duarte and Rachel Krieger each scored three goals while Truly Dorland tied her career-high with two goals. Karolina Hlavata, Catie Mahnke, Viktoria Szmodics, Viktoria Tamas and Ellen Tiedemann also scored for Pacific.

Alexis Hollinrake recorded 12 saves and a steal for the Tigers in goal.

The Tigers improve to 16-8 overall and 5-1 in the Golden Coast Conference. With the win, the Tigers clinch the second seed in the GCC Tournament next weekend.

Dorland opened the scoring on the Tigers first possession, finishing off a pass from Krieger for a 1-0 lead. The Sunbirds tied it on a goal from Emily Knowles before Christmas and Tamas each tallied for a 3-1 lead. Hlavata and Duarte stretched the advantage to 5-1 before Amber Penney scored with seven seconds left in the quarter to bring FPU within 5-2.

In the second Duarte and Knowles traded goals 12 seconds apart, each their second of the game before Christmas' second goal of the game gave the Tigers a 7-3 lead. Christmas completed the hat trick with 4:52 to go in the half for an 8-3 margin. Krieger added a goal for a 9-3 Pacific lead and after Szmodics finished with 1:27 to go in the period, the Tigers carried a 10-3 lead into the break.

Pacific scored 10 goals on 25 shots in the first half on Kaylin Drum, and Fresno Pacific went to keeper Courtney Hall in the third quarter.

Dorland opened the third quarter as she did the first, by scoring, and her second of the game stretched the Tigers lead to 11-3 before Krieger struck again. Duarte capped the hat trick for a 10-goal lead at 13-3.  Krieger got her hat trick with 2:49 to go in the third as the Tigers led 15-3 after three quarters.

In the fourth, Knowles Kaitlin Groothuyzen and Penney scored for Fresno Pacific. With Hannah Holly's goal pulling the Sunbirds within 15-7. Mahnke delivered a penalty-shot goal for the Tigers with 3:33 remaining. Sam Witt settled on the final margin for Fresno Pacific.

The Tigers will return home for the regular season finale, on Saturday at noon, at Chris Kjeldsen Pool against Santa Clara.