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March 25, 2014 > Pioneers on a roll

Pioneers on a roll

Submitted By Scott Chisholm

March 17, 2014

Cal State East Bay womenÕs water polo extended its season-long win streak to five games following a 15-4 win over Macalester on March 17th at Pioneer Pool. East Bay senior Julia Charlesworth scored three goals in a sibling rivalry game as she paced the Pioneer offense past her older sister and Head Coach of the Scots, Jennie Charlesworth.

ÒI definitely wanted to go out there and show her that I was just as good as she was (when she played),Ó said Charlesworth. Older sister Jennie was a Division I player at San Jose State who scored 17 goals during the 1998 season and played Cal State East Bay (formerly CSU Hayward) in her first collegiate contest. Ò(Jennie) was probably the better water polo player, but if we were to play now I think I would give her a tough time.Ó

The younger Charlesworth and company gave Macalester (2-4) a tough time throughout MondayÕs game as the Pioneers built a 10-1 halftime lead. Taylor Cross scored the opening two goals of the game and was one of six different Pioneers to score in the opening quarter.

Cal State East Bay has scored 15 or more goals in three straight games and at least 14 goals in four of the teamÕs past five contests. Cross, Charlesworth, Casey Rushforth, Sara Hudyn, and KaÕiliponi McGee each scored multiple times in the victory.

East Bay goalkeeper Marrina Nation made seven saves and shut out Macalester (2-4) during the second quarter as her team built a 10-1 halftime lead. Sarah Shoemaker scored twice in the second half to lead the Scots in the defeat.Ê

March 22, 2014

Cal State East Bay womenÕs water polo won the final two games of its March 22nd tripleheader at Chapman University. The Pioneers held host Chapman and Connecticut College to just five goals each in the final two games of the day.

#20 San Diego State 13, Cal State East Bay 4
San Diego State outscored Cal State East Bay 3-1 over each of the first quarters en route to the victory. Ioli Benekou scored two first quarter goals on her way to a game-high five scores. Allison Zell scored the Pioneers opening goal and Casey Rushforth completed a counterattack early in the second quarter pull Cal State East Bay to within a 3-2 margin. Sara Hudyn scored a pair of second half goals on skip shots from long range to lead the East Bay offense. Cal State East Bay goalkeeper Marrina Nation made seven saves in the loss.

Cal State East Bay 6, Chapman 5
The host Panthers took a 3-0 lead less than four minutes into the game forcing a timeout from East Bay Head Coach Lisa Cooper. From that point on the Pioneer defense held Chapman to just two goals, one on a 6-on-5 and the other a penalty shot over the final 28 minutes of regulation. Taylor Cross led Cal State East Bay with three goals including the fourth quarter game-winner with 5:01 left in regulation. It was the lone goal of the final frame as teammate Julia Charlesworth found the driving Cross to give the Pioneers their first and only lead of the game. Hudyn scored twice and Michelle Thornbury netted a second quarter goal to round out the Pioneers offense. ChapmanÕs Emily Holmquist, Kate Avery, and Emily Fong each scored first quarter goals to build an early three-goal lead for the home side.

Cal State East Bay 11, Connecticut College 5
Sara Hudyn and Taylor Cross combined for seven of the teamÕs 11 goals in the win. Goalkeeper Marrina Nation made 12 saves.

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