Sixth-Ranked UC Irvine Edges No. 11 Gauchos 6-5 in MPSF Tourney Opener

April 27, 2006

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The No. 6 seed UC Irvine women's water polo team (18-12) defeated No. 11 seed UC Santa Barbara 6-5 in a thrilling come from behind victory in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation at Anteater Aquatics Complex.

The Gauchos took a 3-0 lead with 1:29 left in the first period. The Anteaters then went on to outscore the Gauchos 6-1 in the next 17 minutes to take a 6-4 lead. The Gauchos converted a penalty throw with 3:32 left in the fourth, but were unable to tie UCI.

Robyn Kaake, Gianna Rossi, Sarah Frost, Julia Fancher, Jessica Lewis and Jackie Prine scored one goal each for the 'Eaters. Jen D'Anna had two goals to lead the Gauchos while Amanda Tipton, Alaina Whitaker and Gillian Morgan each hit the back of the net once. Keeper Lauren Machanis had 11 saves for the Anteaters and UCSB keepers Jenny Gonzales and Rosey Redaelli each had four saves.

The Gauchos go on to face Cal State Northridge at 10:00 a.m. on Friday. The Anteaters advance to the quarterfinals against No. 3 seed Stanford at 3:00 p.m. Friday.

Team              1   2   3   4   Total
UC Irvine         1   2   1   2   6
UC Santa Barbara  4   0   0   1   5
UC Irvine Scorers: Robyn Kaake-1, Gianna Rossi-1, Sarah Frost-1, Julia Fancher-1, Jessica Lewis-1, Jackie Prine-1
UC Santa Barbara Scorers: Jen D'Anna-2, Amanda Tipton-1, Alaina Whitaker-1, Gillian Morgan-1
UC Irvine Saves: Lauren Machanis-11
UC Santa Barbara Saves:  Jenny Gonzales-4, Rosey Redaelli-4