SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Bucknell women's water polo team went 1-1 on the first day of the Aztec Invitational, held at the Aztec Aquaplex.
The Bison opened the tournament with a 7-3 victory over Sonoma State before falling to No. 11 UC San Diego by an 8-4 margin to move to 8-8 on the season.
Bucknell put together its finest defensive performance of the season to date against the Seawolves. After falling in a 2-1 hole in the first quarter, the Bison held Sonoma State to a single strike the rest of the way to walk away a 7-3 victor. The Seawolves went from the 4:00 mark of the first quarter to the 1:20 mark of the fourth without finding the back of the net.
The Bison last held an opponent to three or fewer goals at the 2016 Bison Invitational, where they toppd Mercyhurst, 12-3. This season, they previously limited McKendree (15-4), Siena (11-4) and Iona (6-5) to five or fewer goals.
Against the No. 11 Tritons, Bucknell's second-highest nationally ranked opponent of the season, Benson netted two goals and Marta Considine and Mooney each found the back of the net once. The Bison hung with UC San Diego for the majority of the game; in the final two minutes of the third quarter, the Tritons netted two goals to turn a 4-2 lead into a 6-2 advantage, a four-goal margin of victory that ultimately held up.
Thanks to her hat trick, Konishi's next goal will be the 100th of her career. Considine now needs seven to reach that milestone.
Tomorrow, Bucknell closes the Aztec Invitational with games against No. 19 CSU Northridge (2:30 p.m., 11:30 a.m. Pacific) and No. 21 San Diego State (6:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m. Pacific).