No. 18 Water Polo to Compete at Triton Invite This Weekend
Feb. 8, 2018
SAN DIEGO -
Game Week Preview
No. 18 San Diego State (2-2) vs. TBD - TBD
- SDSU is back in San Diego County after a season-opening trip to Providence, Rhode Island for the Bruno Classic. The Aztecs went 2-2, defeating No. 19 Harvard to open the tournament and T-No. 25 Brown to end the two-day event. In between victories were losses to No. 15 Wagner and No. 18 Hartwick.
- The Aztecs are breaking in a starting lineup that features three first-time starters in the field in true freshman Emily Bennett, senior Katrina King and redshirt junior Paola Vizcarra. SDSU also started two first-time starting goalkeepers in junior Maura Cantoni and redshirt junior Emily Lowell. Each started two games at the Bruno Classic and entered the season with only 15 career games played at SDSU between each other (Cantoni - 11, Lowell - 4).
- Junior Hannah Carrillo, the team’s top returner in scoring, assists and steals, enjoyed a solid weekend out east. The San Diego native scored eight goals and added four steals, three ejections drawn and one field block. She scored a team-high four goals and recorded a team-best four steals in the 10-8 win over No. 19 Harvard. Against 15th-ranked Wagner, she scored on both of her shot attempts and then provided the game-tying goal and the game-winner in the victory at T-No. 25 Brown.
- Bennett had a strong showing in her first career games as an Aztec. She started her tenure by scoring twice and picking up a team-best five steals vs. Harvard and then followed it later in the day with one goal, a team-high two assists and an SDSU-best three drawn ejections vs. Wagner. The next morning, Bennett posted her first hat trick to go with three steals and two drawn ejections against Hartwick before finishing tournament action with two steals, a pair of ejections drawn, one of which led to a penalty shot, and two field blocks.
- In their first extended time of their careers, SDSU’s goalkeepers were solid in net. Cantoni started the opener and finished with seven saves, while helping limit Harvard to eight goals after it entered the game averaging 12.7 goals per contest. She also had 11 saves in a starting role vs. Hartwick. Lowell, meanwhile, stopped five shots vs. Wagner and 12 in a 5-4 win at Brown, which was averaging 9.0 goals entering the game. Lowell’s 12 saves vs. the Bears equaled her 2017 season total.
- SDSU is making its 24th consecutive appearance at the Triton Invitational and is 59-38 all-time in the event. The last three seasons, however, have seen the Aztecs split 12 games. A year ago, San Diego State opened with a win over Hartwick and closed with a victory over the hosts, UCSD. Sandwiched in between were losses to USC and UCSB.
- The Aztecs will open the Triton Invitational vs. UC Santa Barbara, a team they have played more than anyone else. Saturday’s meeting with mark the 61st all-time get-together with SDSU leading the series, 43-17. San Diego State, however, has lost five straight to the Gauchos.
- San Diego State has been on the short end of five consecutive meetings with UC Santa Barbara, but four of the losses could have swayed the Aztecs’ way. Two of the three games in 2016 were one-goal losses, including one in overtime, and both games last year were decided by three and two goals, the last of which also required overtime.
- SDSU will face either USC or Sonoma State in its second game on Saturday. The Aztecs are 9-38 all-time vs. the Women of Troy and 4-0 vs. the Seawolves. San Diego State went 0-2 vs. USC last year and has not faced Sonoma State since the 2016 Triton Invitational.