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May 4, 2010 > East Bay polo takes fifth in WWPA tourney

East Bay polo takes fifth in WWPA tourney

By Jeff Weisinger

After losing 10-8 to the sixth-seed Colorado State in the WWPA Tournament opener on Friday, April 30, the Cal State University East Bay Water Polo team, led by WWPA Newcomer of the Year coach Lisa Cooper, swept through its remaining three matches, taking fifth place with a 9-8 win over Santa Clara.

With a goal from Marina Allen at the 6:40 mark, Santa Clara closed the gap back to one, 8-7, before tying the game for the seventh time with a Stowe goal with 4:37 left in regulation.

East Bay capped scoring just 20 seconds later, getting the game winner from senior Jenna Casady to take a 9-8 lead. East Bay held off the Broncos for the final four minutes of the game, as senior goalie Lauren Merrill stopped two SCU shots to pull out the win.

East Bay got to its fifth-place match by sweeping a duo of games on Saturday, May 1, taking out Cal State University Monterey Bay, 9-7, before ousting Sonoma State, 13-10.

Against Monterey Bay, the Lady Pioneers trailed just once, playing strong throught the early game. All-Conference junior Liz Warren opened the scoring for East Bay just 45 seconds into the game to put the Lady Pioneers up early 1-0.

All-Conference freshman Claire Pierce tied the game at two with her first goal of the match at the end of the first quarter.

East Bay would take a 6-3 halftime lead after outscoring the Otters 4-1 in the second quarter, and would lead 8-4 going into the fourth. The Lady Pioneers also held off a late fourth-quarter Otter rally to hold onto the 9-7 win.

Then in the evening's second game, the Lady Pioneers took on the seventh-seed Seawolves for the third time this season with both teams looking for a spot in the fifth-place game.

The match would get hot from the very start, as both teams combined for 10 goals, three ties and two lead changes in just the first quarter alone.

Pierce's third goal of the game gave East Bay the 6-5 lead in the second quarter and Warren third goal of the game put East Bay up 7-5 with the Lady Pioneers taking an 8-7 halftime lead. East Bay went on a 5-1 fourth quarter rally to take the win and the series sweep.

Baseball: East Bay 6, Cal State L.A. 4
They wanted to finish strong, and they finished the season just so, winning 6-4 against Cal State L.A. on Sunday, completing the four-game sweep and ending East Bay's season with a four-game win streak.

With Sunday's win, the Pioneers finished the regular season with a 23-29-1 regular season record and a 16-24 conference record.

Aaron Hannigan (6-3) hurled the distance for East Bay, allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out five on the day. He began the day allowing just one hit through the first three innings until L.A. struck for two runs in the fourth.

The Pioneers opened the scoring in the first inning off a two-run homer by designated hitter Nick McManus to put East Bay up with an early 2-0 lead. The Pioneers followed the two-run first inning with another two-run inning in the second highlighted by a solo home run by James McShane and a RBI single by McManus.

The Pioneers scored another run in the fourth inning before L.A. rallied for two runs off Hannigan in the fourth and fifth innings to cut East Bay's lead to 5-4.

Devin Grigg sealed the game for the Pioneers with his solo homer in the seventh inning to put East Bay up 6-4.

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