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McGrath's scoring not enough as ASU falls to Hawai'i

February 20, 2008

Addison McGrath scored a program-record seven goals and Caylinn Wallace stopped 12 shots, but it was not enough as the No. 8 Arizona State University water polo team dropped a 13-12 decision to visiting No. 4 Hawai'i Wednesday night in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe. The Sun Devils fell to 8-5 overall and 0-2 in the MPSF while the Rainbow Wahine improved to 6-2 and 3-0.

The Sun Devils took a 1-0 lead early in the game on a McGrath 6-on-4 advantage goal before UH countered with a 6-on-5 advantage goal of its own. McGrath then scored again before Kelly Mason scored a 5-meter penalty goal to tie it at two. Mason would score two more goals to bring UH on top, 4-2, through one. Mason added her fourth of the game to extend the visitor's lead to 5-2 before Katy Lawlor scored on a strong backhand and McGrath netted two in a row for a 5-5 tie. Mason put UH back on top, but McGrath answered with a goal of her own. Each team added another score with Nikki Unbehaun scoring on the advantage for a 7-7 tie before Lauren Hayes scored with 1:40 remaining before the half for an 8-7 ASU lead.

The third quarter saw the Sun Devils held scoreless while Mason added her sixth of the contest and Anna Sieprath scored twice for a 10-8 lead heading into the final stanza. Traci Aparicio opened the fourth quarter with a goal for ASU before Carmen Eggens made a two-goal game with 4:26 remaining. McGrath broke the single-game scoring record with her sixth at 3:25, but Eggens scored at 2:28 to make it 12-10 UH. Hayes scored her second of the game at 1:50 to bring ASU to within one, but Leonie Van Der Molden scored at 1:32 to extend the lead. McGrath scored her seventh at 1:24, but that was all ASU could muster in a 13-12 loss.

McGrath, who also added one assist in the game, ended the night with eight points to break the single-game point record of seven set eight times, including twice by McGrath. Her seven goals are two better than the previous best of five held by five other Sun Devils, most recently Rowie Webster in 2006.

Kelly Phelps led the team with three assists in the game while Aparicio, Bonnie Miles, Candice Phillippe and Wallace each added one assist. Wallace ended the game with 12 saves, including a strong seven-stop performance in the third quarter to keep the Sun Devils close.

ASU will now travel to Irvine, Calif., this weekend to participate in the UC Irvine Invitational where it will open with a game against No. 9 Loyola Marymount on Saturday morning. The winner will face the winner of No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 16 CS Northridge later that afternoon with the losers of both games facing one another.

#4 Hawai'i at #8 Arizona State
Mona Plummer Aquatic Center • Tempe
HAW - 4 - 3 - 3 - 3 = 13
ASU - 2 - 6 - 0 - 4 = 12

ASU Goals - McGrath 7, Hayes 2, Aparicio, Lawlor, Unbehaun
HAW Goals - Mason 6, Sieprath 3, Eggens 2, Van Der Molden, van Raalte

ASU Saves - Wallace 12
HAW Saves - Bredin 7