No. 17 Water Polo Faces SCU at Home, Competes at UCSD
Feb. 8, 2017
SAN DIEGO -
Game Week Preview
UCSD Triton Invitational
No. 17 San Diego State (1-2) vs. No. 2 USC (10-0) or Santa Clara (3-1)
No. 17 San Diego State (1-2) vs. TBD (2 Games)
- The Aztecs will open the Triton Invitational on Saturday morning against No. 16 Hartwick. Depending on the outcome vs. the Hawks, San Diego State will play either last Friday’s opponent, No. 2 USC, or this Friday’s counterpart, Santa Clara, later in the day.
- The upcoming slate of games is a stark contrast to the start of the season for SDSU. The Aztecs played only three games in their first two weeks of competition, including last Friday’s loss at second-ranked USC. San Diego State will have matched its season games-played total entering the weekend in about 24 hours following the second game on Saturday.
- SDSU opens Golden Coast action on Friday as the three-time defending regular-season champions and the reigning tournament champs. In three seasons of the GCC, San Diego State is a perfect 19-0 in league games, including last year’s 7-0 performance. Despite their dominance, the Aztecs were selected second in the GCC preseason poll. Santa Clara was picked fifth in the eight-team league.
- San Diego State has won three straight games vs. the Broncos and four of its last five meetings. The Aztecs have not dropped a game to SCU since the 2014 UCSD Triton Invitational.
- The Aztecs on Friday will look to extend a lengthy conference home winning streak, having won 13 straight inside of league action. San Diego State last dropped a conference game back on March 2, 2013, when it was on the losing end of a 6-5 Big West decision to UC Irvine.
- SDSU will enter the opening game of the Triton Invite having won the last six meetings with Hartwick. San Diego State has not been on the short end of a score with the Hawks since 2010, but that blemish occurred where this game will take place, the UCSD Triton Invitational.
- The Aztecs have been a UCSD Triton Invitational participant every season since 1995. San Diego State enters the 2017 edition with an all-time tournament record of 57-35.
- Last season, San Diego State went 2-2 at the Triton Invite. The Aztecs opened with a narrow 7-4 loss to LMU before rebounding in the afternoon by defeating Sonoma State, 15-3. The next day, SDSU downed Long Beach State, 8-7, and then closed the tourney with an 8-6 loss to Indiana.
- SDSU will be looking to reach two milestones this weekend. With two wins, the Aztecs will hit the 500-win plateau as a program. San Diego State enters Friday’s game with an all-time record of 488-287. Three wins will give head coach Carin Crawford her 400 career victories as she currently boasts a 397-245 record in 18-plus seasons.
- Senior Caroline Israels led the Aztecs in their last outing at USC, scoring four goals and picking up three steals. She enters this week’s action leading the team in goals with six and in steals with nine. Israels’ four goals ties a 2017 San Diego State single-game high accomplished first by classmate Alyssa Diacono, who had four goals vs. Wagner in the second game of a season-opening doubleheader.
- True freshman Shelby Kraft scored one of SDSU’s six goals at USC to notch the first goal of her career. She has connected on one of her three attempts from the field, while playing in all three games. She is one of two true freshmen to score a goal this season, joining Delaney Parks.
- Senior Ioli Benekou scored a goal in Los Angeles vs. the Women of Troy. The two-time All-American from Greece has scored in all three games and is third on the team in goals (3). She is the only Aztec to post a goal in every game this season.