April 29, 2014 > Pioneer water polo report
Pioneer water polo report
Submitted By Scott Chisholm
Game-Winning buzzer beater advances East Bay into semifinals:
Casey Rushforth deflected home the game-winning goal as time expired to lift Cal State East Bay to an 8-7 victory over Sonoma State in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships opener on April 25th.
ÒWe called a 30-second timeout with 1.9 seconds remaining. We lined up all of our players at the 2-meter line and had Breanna Ritter fire it from half tank towards the goal. Casey Rushforth was able get a touch on it to score as the buzzer went off,Ó said Cal State East Bay Head Coach Lisa Cooper.
Pioneers Punch Ticket to Championship:
Cal State East Bay moved on to the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) championship game following a 5-4 win over rival Cal State Monterey Bay on April 26th. The Pioneers make their first ever WWPA Tournament final appearance against No. 13 nationally ranked and tournament host UC San Diego.
ÒOur defense really stepped up and played extremely smart. Marrina Nation had a great game with all nine of her saves being game changers,Ó praised Cal State East Bay Head Coach Lisa Cooper.
The Pioneers never trailed or led by more than a single goal over the entire 32 minutes. Breanna Ritter, Jennifer Lightbody, Olivia Mackell, Taylor Cross, and Allison Zell each scored once to regain the lead after Cal State Monterey Bay (10-18) tied the game on four separate occasions. Zell scored the game-winner with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter as the Pioneers held on for the victory.
Trio Earns All-Tournament Honors after falling short in title game:
Cal State East Bay fell in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championship title game to tournament host No. 13 UC San Diego by a 16-3 margin on Sunday, April 27th. Allison Zell, Marrina Nation, and Sara Hudyn were named to the WWPA All-Tournament Team announced following the final contest.