Top Four Seeds Advance To Semifinals In WWPA Championships

April 29, 2005


DAVIS, Calif. - Loyola Marymount sophomore Alissa Volosin scored seven goals in her team's 19-5 win over Chapman University to lead all scorers on the first day of the Western Water Polo Association women's championships at Schaal Aquatics Center Friday. The top four seeds - LMU, host UC Davis, UC San Diego and Santa Clara -- all advanced to their respective semifinals by virtue of their first-day wins.

Volosin led nine Lion scorers as LMU opened with 14 unanswered goals in its win over the Panthers. Stacia Peterson also chipped in four goals in approximately six minutes of action. Top-seeded LMU will face Santa Clara, which beat Cal St. San Bernardino by a 13-6 decision in Friday's fifth game. Catherine Flynn scored four goals while Lindsey Bacolini added four in the Bronco win.

The second-seeded Aggies fell behind by an early 2-0 margin to No. 7 Cal St. Bakersfield, but outscored their opponents by a 3-0 margin in the second quarter to take the lead and the eventual 12-4 win. Jessica Soza finished with a team-best three goals, including two of the Aggies' five 6-on-5 scores.

Third-seeded UC San Diego pulled away from Sonoma State in the fourth quarter to take a 9-5 win. However, Seawolf goalkeeper Kimberly Fortson enjoyed the game's heroics. She posted five of her 11 total saves in the third quarter, allowing SSU to pull into a 5-5 tie. However, UCSD reserve Kirsten Frazier scored the go-ahead goal at 1:48 in the third, and the Tritons shut out the Seawolves in the fourth to seal the victory. Sarah Bajorek posted a goal and a steal to aid in the UCSD finish.

Sonoma advanced to the matchup with the Tritons thanks to a 12-3 win over Cal St. Monterey Bay in the day's second contest. Amanda Haddock scored a game-high four goals while Chelsea Hennand and Roxanna McEwen each added two more in the Seawolf effort.

Cal St. San Bernardino captured the 6-3 tournament opener over Colorado State, getting a hat trick from Kacey Carruthers and eight saves from goalie Lauren Cooper. Carruthers, Brandy Bray and Tina Torres each had goals in a 3-0 Coyote third quarter to put their team to a comfortable lead.



Chapman enjoyed a mild 7-4 upset over Cal St. East Bay in Friday's fourth game to advance to the contest with LMU. Second-quarter goals by freshman Haley Slusser and junior Christina Sanchez helped push the ninth-seeded Panthers over the eighth-seeded Pioneers. Kim Johnson starred in net for CSUEH, posting 11 saves. She matched Sonoma's Fortson for the day's top goalie numbers.

Senior Katie Dacus led Cal St. Bakersfield with four goals in a 13-2 win over UC Santa Cruz, allowing the Roadrunners to face UC Davis in the afternoon game. Allison Malczynski and Emma Keogh also added two goals each for CSUB, while goalies Amber Brenner and Beverly Weber combined for 11 saves.

UC Davis and UC San Diego will square off in Saturday's 1:45 p.m. semifinal. The Aggies have twice beaten the Tritons this season, both by one-goal margins. However, UCSD has spoiled UC Davis' tournament hopes in one-goal victories three times in the past five seasons.

Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara will compete in the Saturday's 3 p.m. semifinal. This is just the second time the two teams have faced each other during the 2005 season, with LMU coming away with an 8-2 in the previous meeting.

Saturday's action begins with a game between Cal St. Monterey Bay and UC Santa Cruz at 8:45 a.m.

Saturday's Schedule
Game 9: UC Santa Cruz vs. Cal St. Monterey Bay, 8:45 a.m.
Game 10: Cal St. East Bay vs. Colorado State, 10 a.m.
Game 11: Sonoma State vs. Cal St. Bakersfield, 11:15 a.m.
Game 12: Cal St. San Bernardino vs. Chapman, 12:30 p.m.
Game 13: UC Davis vs. UC San Diego, 1:45 p.m. (semifinal)
Game 14: Loyola Marymount vs. Santa Clara, 3 p.m. (semifinal)