No. 16 SDSU Water Polo Heads to Harvard Invitational
March 5, 2014
SAN DIEGO - The No. 16 San Diego State water polo team will travel to Boston, Mass., March 8-9, to compete in the Harvard Invitational. The Aztecs will play their first two games on Saturday against Marist at 1 p.m. ET and Harvard at 7:15 p.m. ET. SDSU will play its second doubleheader of the weekend on Sunday, starting with Iona at 10:30 a.m. ET and will finish by playing No. 20 Michigan at 2:15 p.m. ET.
Marist is coming off a 13-9 loss against Brown on Feb. 22, which brought the New York school's season record to 4-9. The last time the Aztecs played the Red Foxes was at the Terrapin Invitational in January 2012, beating Marist 15-1. San Diego State scored five goals in the first quarter and posted six unanswered before the Red Foxes were able to score.
Iona suffered a loss in its last game, 13-7, against Harvard on Feb. 22, which brought its season record to 2-8. Last season, Iona finished the year with an overall record of 21-11 and went 18-9 in neutral-site games. This will mark the first-ever competition between SDSU and the Gaels.
Michigan is coming off a successful weekend by winning all four of its games at the Cal Lutheran Invitational in Thousand Oaks, Calif., bringing its season record to 7-10. Last year, the Aztecs defeated the then-11th-ranked Wolverines at the Michigan Kick-Off in a thrilling double overtime outing, 11-10. SDSU took advantage of a Michigan turnover in front of its net with 1:17 left in the game to give the Aztecs the victory.
San Diego State was victorious at home last weekend in its first-ever Golden Coast Conference game, defeating No. T-20 Cal Baptist, 6-5. A couple of underclassmen had impressive outings Saturday against the Lancers as freshman Ioli Benekou scored three goals and sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Mitchell recorded 17 saves in the win for the Aztecs. It was the third-straight win for SDSU before falling to No. 6 Irvine on the road on Sunday. San Diego State heads into the weekend with an overall record of 8-6.