Seniors Lead Second Half Surge To Down Cal State Monterey Bay, 15-7
April 23, 2011
Stockton, Calif. -
Playing in their final home games, the Pacific water polo senior class led a big second half surge against Cal State Monterey Bay to pick up a 15-7 win on Saturday, April 23. The win was the No. 17 Tigers second of the day as Pacific improved to 20-11 on the year.
Locked in a back-and-forth battle for the first 16 minutes of play, the Tigers found themselves tied 5-5 with the visiting Otters as the half time horn blew. With their final home half of water polo staring them in the face, the seniors took it upon themselves to lead their team out of the break and into a second half rush that would bury the Otters.
Senior Dara Tawarahara propelled the offensive attack in the third quarter as the Honolulu, Hawaii native netted a hat trick in the period to bring her game total to four goals. Behind Tawarahara's three goals and goals from senior Bethany Quertermous and freshman Elise Martin, the Tigers outscored the Otters 5-1 in the quarter to open up a four goal lead.
With the big lead and just one quarter to play, the Tigers did not let up matching their third quarter feat over the final eight minutes of action. In the period, five different Tigers netted goals with five coming from the seniors. As she did in the third quarter and in each of the four quarters of play, Quertermous netted yet another goal, tying Tawarahara for the game high with four goals. Additionally, seniors Meara McCarthy, Mandy King and Siobhan Larsen got in on the scoring barrage while Martin kept pace with her upperclassmen teammates with her second goal of the half.
Prior to the big second half in which the Tigers outscored the Otters 10-2, Pacific picked up five goals in the first half scoring two goals in the first quarter and three in the second. The Tigers got the game started in a hurry as Pacific netted its first goal on its first possession as King netted the first of her two goals. After a slow go in the quarter that saw just one more goal, Pacific picked up the pace with goals from their two leading scorers along with freshman Malena Prlain.
A steady start by the Otters in which they matched the Tigers goal for goal in the first half could not be sustained as Pacific wore down its competition as the afternoon wore on. Two Cal State Monterey Bay players notched multiple goals in the contest as Chloe McRae netted a pair of goals in the second quarter to lead the Otters in the period while Nikki Smart split a pair of goals in the first and third quarters.
The Tigers next head South to take part in the Big West tournament from April 29 - May 1 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
|Cal State Monterey Bay||2||3||1||1||7|
|No. 17 Pacific||2||3||5||5||15|
CSUMB: McRae 2, Smart 2, Sauul 1, Woollett 1, Walters 1
Pacific: Quertermous 4, Twarahara 4, M. King 2, Martin 2, Prlain, McCarthy, Larsen
CSUMB: Robinson 7, Vournas 5
Pacific: Relton 7, Bucknum 1