SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Bucknell women’s water polo team is playing the second half of its weeklong trip to California at this weekend’s Aztec Invitational. The Bison opened up the two-day event with a pair of losses to ranked foes Saturday as Bucknell lost to No. 10 San Jose State 17-4 and then dropped an 8-5 decision to No. 13 UC San Diego just a few hours later.
Saturday’s opponents were the second and third ranked foes in a stretch where the Bison are playing four in a row. Bucknell (6-8) lost to No. 11 Long Beach State on Thursday and will take on No. 19 San Diego State Sunday before wrapping up the trip later in the afternoon against unranked Cal Lutheran.
In Saturday’s opener, San Jose State (14-9) scored on its first four shots and opened up a 9-1 halftime edge en route to the 13-goal victory. Tegan Stanbach, Hannah Sunday, Barbara Peterson and Eleanor Marrs tallied goals for the Bison. Marrs added an assist, while Sunday posted a team-high four ejections drawn.
UC San Diego, which was supposed to be Bucknell’s season-opening opponent at February’s Bison Invitational before travel difficulties changed that, led 7-2 at the half before the Bison outscored them in the second half 3-1. Again, no Bucknell player posted a multi-goal outing as Julianne Valdes, Mackenzie Ferry, Sayeh Bozorghadad, Julia Ingersoll and Samantha Deana registered goals.
The Bison scored nine goals on Saturday with nine different players scoring them. Valdes and Katherine DeRuff each dished out an assist in each game to lead the team in that category on the day.
Bucknell, which has now faced five ranked foes in its 14 games this year, will wrap up its California trip Sunday against No. 19 San Diego State (1:30 p.m. Eastern) and Cal Lutheran (6:30 p.m. Eastern).
BUCKNELL 1 0 2 1 -4
SAN JOSE STATE 5 4 2 6 -17
Goals: Stanbach, Sunday, Peterson, Marrs.
Assists: Valdes, DeRuff, Marrs.
Field Blocks: none.
Ejections Drawn: Sunday (4), Ovalle, Stanbach, McCarthy.
Saves: Heim (14 svs., 17 ga., 16:00 min.).
Steals: Ovalle, Valdes, Bozorghadad.
Sprints: Marrs (0-2), DeRuff (0-1), Valdes (0-1).
Bucknell Record: 6-7.
BUCKNELL 2 0 1 2 -5
UC SAN DIEGO 3 4 0 1 -8
Goals: Valdes, Ferry, Bozorghadad, Ingersoll, Deana.
Assists: Valdes, Ferry, DeRuff, Bozorghadad, Deana.
Field Blocks: Deana.
Ejections Drawn: Sunday (3), Marrs (2), Valdes, Ferry.
Saves: Heim (1 svs., 7 ga., 16:00 min.), Derrod (4 svs., 1 ga., 16:00 min.).
Steals: Marrs (3), Deana (2), Ferry (2), Derrod, Bozorghadad, Sunday.
Sprints: Marrs (1-2), DeRuff (0-1), Ovalle (0-1).
Bucknell Record: 6-8.