Water Polo’s Strong Second Half Fuels 8-5 Win Over No. 23 CSUN

Feb. 11, 2018

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SAN DIEGO - No. 18 San Diego State used a second-half surge to defeat 23rd-ranked CSUN, 8-5, Sunday morning at the Triton Invitational at nearby UC San Diego. The Aztecs secured a spot in the fifth-place game and moved to 4-3 with the result. CSUN, meanwhile, dropped to 5-4.

The two teams were evenly matched in the first quarter as both posted a goal apiece and the same could be said in the second with the Matadors holding a slight edge, outscoring the Aztecs, 3-2. After 16 minutes, CSUN led, 4-3.

The second half is where San Diego State shined both offensively and defensively. The Aztecs scored three times in the frame, while limiting their neighbors to the north to just one goal. Holding a slim 6-5 advantage, SDSU responded by scoring twice in the fourth quarter and hung a shutdown quarter on CSUN to emerge victorious.

Hannah Carrillo scored three goals with Karli Canale and Maddy Parenteau adding two apiece. Delaney Parks chipped in with one goal. Maura Cantoni made four stops in net.

Hannah Carrillo posted her second hat trick of the season and her first since the opener vs. No. 19 Harvard.

San Diego State limited CSUN to just one goal in the second half, allowing the Aztecs to complete the comeback. It is SDSU’s second successful rally of the season after trailing at halftime and the second time it held an opponent scoreless in the fourth quarter.

The Aztecs will play in the fifth-place game vs. 10th-ranked UC Davis at 3:10 p.m. PT at UCSD’s Triton Pool.

No. 18 San Diego State 8, No. 23 CSUN 5
Triton Pool; San Diego, Calif.

CSUN: 1-3-1-0—5
SDSU: 1-2-3-2—8

CSUN goals: unavailable
SDSU goals: Hannah Carrillo 3, Karli Canale 2, Maddy Parenteau 2, Delaney Parks 1

CSUN saves: unavailable
SDSU saves: Maura Cantoni 4

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