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Water polo drops regular season finale


April 18, 2011

Sarah Harris scored two goals and five other Sun Devils scored once, but it was not enough as the No. 11 Arizona State University water polo team dropped a 10-7 decision to host No. 5 Hawaii on Saturday evening in Honolulu, Hawaii. The loss, which snapped a three-game winning streak for the Sun Devils, dropped ASU to 11-12 on the season and 0-7 in the MPSF while the Rainbow Wahine improved to 17-7 and 4-3 in the MPSF.

ASU got on the board first as Harris scored her first of two goals, putting the visitors ahead less than two minutes into the game. From there, however, the hosts netted three goals in a row to take a 3-1 lead through the first quarter, a lead they would not surrender. The Sun Devils cut the lead to one goal as Lynlee Smith scored at 4:29 in the second quarter to make it 3-2, but UH scored with 2:17 and 0:13 remaining to build a 5-2 halftime lead.

In the third, ASU again cut the lead to one goals as Kelsey White scored 29 seconds into the second half and Mariam Salloum followed with her team-leading 35th goal of the season just 35 seconds later to make it 5-4. The hosts scored twice in a row to push their lead to 7-4 before Harris netted her second of the game, but ASU would not get any closer than two goals down as UH scored once more before Nikki Unbehaun scored with 0:04 showing in the third to make it 8-6 with eight minutes remaining.

The hosts scored twice more in the fourth to put ASU down, 10-6, before Shannon Haas scored with 26 seconds remaining to bring about the final score, 10-7. Defensively, Ianeta Hutchinson stopped seven shots in the game while her counterpart, Serena Bredin recorded a game-high nine saves.

The Sun Devils will be off from competition for one week before traveling to San Jose, Calif., to participate in the 2011 MPSF Championships, hosted by San Jose State April 29-May 1.

#5 Hawaii def. #11 Arizona State, 10-7
AS: 1 - 1 - 4 - 1 = 7
UH: 3 - 2 - 3 - 2 = 10

Goals
AS: Harris 2, Haas, Salloum, Smith, Unbehaun, White
UH: Eggens 4, Genee 3, McKee, Van Der Molen, Wilson

Saves
AS: Hutchinson 7
UH: Bredin 9, Gralitzer 1