Water polo drops two in series

The Sonoma State women’s water polo team went 1-2 in their home games this weekend at Dr. G. Edward Rudloff Pool. On Saturday, the Lady Seawolves lost to 13th-ranked UC San Diego 15-6, but pulled it together to finish the day with a win against fellow WWPA competitors CSU Monterey Bay 11-7.  The next day the Lady Seawolves came out strong and tried to keep their winning momentum going, but fell short in the fourth quarter losing 13-6 to 17th-ranked Wolverines of Michigan. Sonoma State holds its record at 7-18 overall this season.

Both teams were off to a slow start offensively in game one against the UC San Diego Tritons. After the Triton’s first goal, Nicole Browning brought the Seawolves back in the game tying the score 1-1 at the end of the first quarter. Sonoma’s Carliegh Robinson scored a goal in the second quarter to put Sonoma in the lead 3-2, but UCSD came out hungry for points and went on a 7-0 run in the third quarter. 

Jessica Becker helped the Lady Seawolves with a goal at the end of the third quarter to stop the run cutting the lead to 9-4 but with one quarter left, it seemed too late. San Diego ruthlessly netted six goals to shut Sonoma down in the fourth and final quarter and squash any hopes for a miraculous comeback. Browning tried to ignite some energy into her team putting away her second goal of the game. Caitlin Risden caught the spark and added one of her own but it wasn’t enough to save Sonoma as time quickly ran out and the Lady Seawolves took a tough loss 15-6.

Game two against CSU Monterey Bay started similarly to the first and saw very little offense from both teams early on. Brittny Hummel scored to tie the game 1-1 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Seawolves seemed to find their groove as a team as Robinson, Lexii Morabito, Noelle Herrere and Shannon Baer all chipped in goals to end the second quarter 5-3; but it didn’t stop there. 

Sonoma’s offense was on fire in the third quarter extending their lead over the Otters. Herrera and Hummel both scored twice and Risden netted the final goal of the third to put the Lady Seawolves at a comfortable 10-5 lead going into the fourth. Risden would seal Sonoma’s victory with her second goal making the final score 11-7. 

Sonoma State faced 17th-ranked Michigan on Sunday for their third game of the weekend. Morabito scored the Lady Seawolves’ first goal to tie the game 1-1 with 4:19 left in the first quarter. As time dwindled down to two minutes, the Wolverines pulled ahead and retook the lead 2-1 and wouldn’t give it up the rest of the game. Both teams evenly netted one goal each in the second quarter which left the score 4-2 at halftime, giving the Lady Seawolves hope of comeback victory in the second half. 

Michigan extended their lead to 5-2 early in the third quarter with Sonoma right behind them quickly answering with back-to-back goals by Ellen Peterson and Risden with 2:55 left in the quarter. The Wolverines stunned the Lady Seawolves with strong defense and started a run of their own that would continue through the rest of the game. 

Robinson netted the final Seawolf goal of the third quarter ending in the Wolverines’ favor at 8-5. Browning scored a goal of her own in the fourth but this would be the Lady Seawolves’ last goal of the game, losing 13-6. 

Sonoma State’s women’s water polo team will face off Friday against Cal State East Bay at home; first sprint is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.