Water polo crushes Monterey Bay

Sonoma State women’s water polo squad made their way back into the win column over the weekend, picking up the “W” with a 9-7 victory over Cal State Monterey Bay.  The Seawolves got off to a bad start, but managed to get back into the game and get the win.  This victory snaps their four-game losing streak and increases the number in the win column to six wins for the season.  

The Seawolves’ road game opened up in the first period with three goals from their opponents and only one score for the Seawolves, ending the first period 3-1 with the Otters in the lead.  

The second period was a whole different story. Seawolf goalie Andrea Mullul and the Sonoma State defense stepped their game up after the first period.  The Seawolves scored four goals in the second period to take the lead 5-4 going into the intermission.  The momentum was on their side, but it was going to take a great second-half to hold off the Otters.

The second half was intense and both teams played very well.  It was going to take the team with the most stamina and endurance to win it.  Monterey Bay came back into the match in the third period tying it at seven points for all.  Going into the fourth period tied, Sonoma made all necessary stops on the Otters.  The Seawolves knocked in two goals in the final period to secure the win after being behind early in the match.  

Junior Seawolf Brittny Hummel scored three goals and also had two steals and an assist.  Sophomore attacker Shannon Baer tapped in two goals to also lead Sonoma’s offense. Caitlin Risden, Alexa May, Carleigh Robinson, and Noelle Herrera each scored a goal in Friday’s match.  Seawolf goalie Andrea Mallul made seven saves, allowing only four goals in the final three periods.  Noelle Herrera and Alexa May lead the Seawolves’ scoring with 16 goals from each on the season.  

Sonoma State had lost the last four games they played, but took care of business on Friday to advance their record to 6-16 as the Otters fell to 8-12.  

Women’s water polo will return to Rohnert Park this weekend to host a doubleheader.  UC San Diego will visit the Seawolves for a match at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and the Seawolves will continue their day later on versus Cal State Monterey Bay at 4 p.m.  Sonoma State will play again on Sunday at noon as they host the Michigan Wolverines.