T-No. 14 Water Polo Wins GCC Opener vs. Concordia

Feb. 16, 2018

IRVINE, Calif. - T-No. 14 San Diego State opened its fourth-straight Golden Coast Conference regular-season title defense with a 12-5 road victory at Concordia on Friday afternoon. The decision moved the Aztecs to 5-4 (1-0 GCC) on the season, while the Eagles fell to 3-2 (0-1 GCC).

SDSU doubled up Concordia in the first quarter, 4-2, and did the same in the second period, 2-1, to take a 6-3 lead into the halftime break. The Eagles sliced into their deficit with a 2-1 third period and with the recent events, San Diego State enjoyed a 7-5 lead going into the fourth quarter. The final eight minutes saw the Aztecs blow the game open with a 5-0 shutdown quarter to cruise the win.

Emily Bennett, Karli Canale and Paola Vizcarra each scored two goals apiece to lead SDSU. Bennett filled the scoresheet with team bests in assists (3), steals (6) and ejections drawn (4). Maura Cantoni made seven stops in net.

"We saw goal scoring contributions from nine different players, which shows our depth and balance as a team. We were also very efficient on the power play at 5-for-11, so overall, it was a balanced effort for our first conference win of the season." - Head Coach Carin Crawford

San Diego State improved to 27-0 all-time in Golden Coast Conference action.

The Aztecs recorded a season-high 22 steals, split between 10 players, and drew 11 ejections, which was one off their season best.

The Aztecs will head to Newport Coast for an exhibition Friday night vs. the University of Toronto. First sprint is at 6:30 p.m. PT at Sage Hill School.

T-No. 14 San Diego State 12, Concordia 5
William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center; Irvine, Calif.

CUI: 2-1-3-0--5
SDSU: 4-2-1-5--12

CUI goals: unavailable
SDSU goals: Emily Bennett 2, Karli Canale 2, Paola Vizcarra 2, Lizzy Bilz 1, Hannah Carrillo 1, Shelby Kraft 1, Courtney Jarvis 1, Malia Magro 1, Casia Morrison 1

CUI saves: unavailable
SDSU saves: Maura Cantoni 7

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