Rainbow Wahine water polo team beats Arizona State, plays for 5th at MPSF tourney
University of Hawaii
The University of Hawai'i women's water polo team bounced back this morning with a 7-4 victory over Arizona State in the consolation bracket of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles.
The No. 4 seed Rainbow Wahine (17-8) rallied in the second half, using a strong defense and a three-goal third period to overcome No. 8 seed Sun Devils (16-14).
UH advances to the fifth-place game tomorrow against San Diego State.
To start the fourth period, Arizona State cut into the Hawai'i lead, scoring 35 seconds into the period, to make the score 5-4.
Amarens Genee answered with her third goal of the game at the 5:48 mark to increase the Rainbow Wahine lead to 6-4. UH opened up a larger cushion with a goal by Monika Eggens at the 2:55 mark of the fourth for a 7-4 lead.
After going scoreless in the second period, UH tied the game 3-3 in the third period with a goal by Dagmar Genee at the 3:36 mark. Just 36 seconds later, sister Amarens Genee scored her first goal of the game to give UH its first lead at 4-3. Amarens Genee scored her second goal a minute later, giving the Rainbow Wahine a 5-3 advantage.
With the score tied to 2-2 to start the second period, Arizona State broke the tie after a minute of play, leading 3-2. Both teams couldn't manage a goal the rest of the period, as the Sun Devils led 3-2 at the break.
In the first period, Arizona State scored the game's first goal, coming 2:25 into the game on a power-play advantage. UH tied the game 1-1 at the 2:27 mark of the first half on Saara Majuri's first goal of the tournament. Arizona State scored on its second power-play advantage at the 1:06 mark of the first period to regain a 2-1 lead. Monika Eggens tied the game 2-2 with three seconds left at the end of the first period on her fourth goal of the tournament.