Palo Alto Weekly
Sports - May 3, 2013
NCAA BOUND . . . Sacred Heart Prep grad Sarah Westcott from Menlo Park and Los Altos grad Katy Schaeffer each scored three goals to pace to the Pomona-Pitzer women's water polo team to a 10-7 win over Redlands in the championship match of the SCIAC Tournament on Sunday at Caltech. For the Sagehens, it was their second consecutive SCIAC Championship. More important, they advanced to the NCAA Championships for a third straight season. The Sagehens will take an 18-16 overall record to Harvard University for the national tournament on May 10-12. Also making the trip for Pomona-Pitzer will be former Castilleja goalie Sallie Walecka. Freshman Pippa Temple from Sacred Heart Prep and senior Laura Martinez from Castilleja also will be making the trip to Harvard after their Princeton team defeated Michigan, 7-5, in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship in Ann Arbor. For No. 11-ranked Princeton, the win improves their all-time record against Michigan to 4-16 and snapped an eight-game Michigan winning streak in the series. Princeton earned the CWPA's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, the Tigers' second such trip. In the fifth-place match, Castilleja grad Kat Booher scored four goals for Brown to help defeat Harvard, 18-9, and her former coach at Castilleja, Ted Minnis. It was Brown's third win over Harvard this season and it marked the highest offensive output by a Bears' team in the history of the women's CWPA Eastern Championship. At the Big West Conference finals on Sunday in Irvine, top-seeded University of Hawaii defeated host and No. 2 seed UC Irvine, 5-4, in a double-overtime thriller to capture the title at the Anteater Aquatics Center. Tournament MVP Monika Eggens scored four goals for Hawaii, including the game-winner with 44 seconds left in the second overtime period. Irvine's roster included Menlo-Atherton grads MJ O'Neill and Hannah Breen. In Santa Clara, UC San Diego used a 5-1 run in the first half to register a 10-8 win over Loyola Marymount in the Western Water Polo Association championship, earning the league's automatic bid the NCAA tourney. In the third-place match, host Santa Clara got 11 saves from Sacred Heart Prep grad Stephanie Clements and pulled away late to earn a 12-7 win over Colorado State.