Water Polo splits four games at Triton Invitational



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Senior Jessica Gaudreault swims out for a save. The women's water polo team beat UC Santa Barbara, 7-6, on January 27th.  Matthieu Picard Buy Photos

Senior center Jennifer Beadle lit up the Triton Invitational this past weekend, scoring three hat-tricks in four games. This led the Hoosiers to an 11th place finish in the tournament. 

IU began the weekend with a familiar opponent, as they took on UC San Diego for the second time this year. After IU won the first battle on Jan. 20, UCSD got its revenge with a 9-8 overtime victory.  

Sophomore driver Emily Powell’s last-second equalizer was all for naught, as UCSD found the back of the net with 30 seconds remaining in overtime to snatch the victory.

IU faced off against another familiar opponent in Saturday’s second game when they took on the Iona Gaels, who IU dominated in their previous matchup in Bloomington. IU was the better team yet again, as they took down the Gaels 13-5 on the back of hat-tricks from Beadle and sophomore attacker Joelle Nacouzi.  Redshirt junior defender Karrie Kozokar, senior defender Kelly Matthews, and freshman attacker Jessica Rodriguez all pitched in with 2 goals apiece.

In Sunday’s opener, IU matched up against No. 19 Loyola Marymount, the second ranked opponent of the weekend.  IU’s offense struggled to get going, and LMU came out on top with a 6-3 victory. Beadle, senior utility Sarah Young and sophomore attacker Megan Abarta all netted a goal for IU.

IU closed out the tournament with the 11th place game against No. 11 Long Beach State. Beadle scored the first three goals of the game and IU never looked back on their way to a 11-7 triumph. Nacouzi, Kozokar, and Young all score two goals apiece, as IU’s offense bounced back after its disappointing performance against Loyola Marymount. 

IU will have a week off and will return to action at the Santa Clara Invitational February 24.

Sean Mintert

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