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GCC WEEKLY UPDATE: Key match-up against conference unbeaten highlights another week dominated by GCC contests.
GCC WEEKLY UPDATE: Key match-up against conference unbeaten highlights another week dominated by GCC contests.
Women's Water Polo - Wed, Apr. 5, 2017

LOS ANGELES - Seven match-ups are on the slate for the Golden Coast Conference on the week, and six of them are GCC showdowns. Two of the six feature top-25 showdowns, including a battle of the unbeaten in San Diego.

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2017 STAT LEADERS
2017 GCC ON THE FOSH

GCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Pacific earned a pair of top-25 wins in GCC play last week and it was led by third defense. The Tigers allowed just 4.50 goals per game thanks in part to goalie Alexis Hollinrake (JR/Redlands, CA), who has been named GCC Player of the Week. She finished the two wins with 23 saves and 4.09 goals against average. She had 14 saves and three assists in win over CBU. She had nine saves allowed just three goals in win over LMU.
Past Winners:
Apr. 6 - Alexis Hollinrake (Pacific)
Mar. 30 - Ioli Benekou (SR/Marousi, Greece) (San Diego St.)
Mar. 23 - Caroline Israels (SR/Pompano Beach, FL) (San Diego St) & Hana Vilanova (SO/Barcelona, Spain) (LMU)
Mar. 16 - Megan Myers (SR/Temecula, CA) (Azusa Pacific)
Mar. 9 - Julia Ponce (JR/Gig Harbor, WA) (Fresno Pacific)
Mar. 2 - Kyra Christmas (SO/Calgary, Alberta, Canada) (Pacific)
Feb. 23 - Amber Penney (FR/Cape Town, South Africa) (Fresno Pacific)
Feb. 15 - Caroline Israels (San Diego St.)
Feb. 8 - Francesca Puccinelli (SR/San Francisco, CA) (Santa Clara)
Feb. 1 - Caitlin Schafer (SR/Hollister, CA) (LMU)

THE POLLS

There was once again little movement in the Varsity Top-25 National Poll for Week 12. Pacific (No. 9), LMU (No. 21) and California Baptist (No. 25) remained in the same spot. San Diego State, who played a loaded Hawaii Tournament last week, fell from a tie at 12th to a tie at 14th.

THIS WEEK IN THE GCC

As mentioned, the key match-up in GCC play this week will see Ninth-ranked Pacific travel to No. 14 San Diego State in a battle of the two GCC unbeatens on Friday, April 7. Pacific is 3-0 in GCC play (14-7 overall) and SDSU is 4-0 (13-12 overall). The week begins on Thursday with another top-25 match-up as No. 21 LMU travels to No. 25 CBU. Also on Thursday, Fresno Pacific will travel to Azusa Pacific. Friday's other match-up will see the Sunbirds stay south and face Concordia. Saturday will feature three games as APU travels to LMU and Pacific travels to Concordia. The only non-conference match-up on the week is Santa Clara traveling to Sonoma State on Saturday.

DateTimeMatch-up  Note
LAST WEEK…    
Mar. 301:30 PM(19) Hartwick College @ CUI12-4
 10:15 PM(3) UCLA vs. (12) San Diego St.22-5
Mar. 311:30 PMBrown University @ CUI14-8
 4:00 PM(21) LMU @ (9) Pacific3-8
 5:00 PMAzusa Pacific @ Santa Clara10-9 (3OT)
 6:00 PM(25) California Baptist @ Fresno Pacific9-3
 10:15 PM(12) UCSB vs. (12) San Diego St.11-9 (OT)
Apr. 112:00 PM(25) California Baptist @ (9) Pacific6-16
 12:00 PM(21) LMU @ Santa Clara6-3
 3:00 PMSonoma State @ Fresno Pacific5-6
 4:15 PM(12) San Diego St. @ (8) Hawaii4-13
COMING UP…    
Apr. 64:00 PM(21) LMU @ (25) California Baptist*
 5:00 PMFresno Pacific @ Azusa Pacific*
Apr. 71:30 PMFresno Pacific @ CUI*
 4:00 PM(9) Pacific @ (14) San Diego St.*
Apr. 811:00 AMAzusa Pacific @ (21) LMU*
 1:00 PMSanta Clara @ Sonoma State 
 5:30 PM(9) Pacific @ CUI*

Check out the COMPOSITE SCHEDULE for the full slate of games for the week of Apr. 6.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

AZUSA PACIFIC
Recording the biggest win in GCC play last week was Azusa Pacific going on the road for its first win at Santa Clara. Leading the way was Alex Paxton (SR/Fullerton, CA) who scored a hat-trick with three assists and four steals in the Cougars 10-9 overtime win. Leading the way for the Cougars is top scorer Megan Myers. She is 10th in the GCC with 35 goals. Mireia Tutusaus Alcaraz is eighth in the GCC with 23 assists. Erica Marquez (JR/Burnaby, B.C., Canada) is third in the GCC with 39 steals. The Cougars host Fresno Pacific on Thursday and travel to LMU on Saturday.

CALIFORNIA BAPTIST
The Lancers split a pair of road games in Northern California last week, defeating Fresno Pacific 9-3 and falling to No. 9 Pacific 16-6. CBU is led by Paizlee Dreyer (SR/Riverside, CA) with 45 goals and 70 total points, both of which rank third in the GCC. Lina Medeiros (SR/Lake Elsinore, CA) leads the GCC in steals with 55. The Lancers host No. 21 LMU on Thursday.

CONCORDIA
Concordia dropped a pair of games last week at home, falling to No. 19 Hartwick, 12-4, and to Brown, 14-8. They host Fresno Pacific and Pacific this weekend.

FRESNO PACIFIC
Fresno Pacific received 26 saves from senior Courtney Hall (SR/Poterville, CA) as the Sunbirds went 1-1 last week. FPU fell to California Baptist in GCC play 9-3 on Friday despite 15 saves from Hall. The Sunbirds bounced back nicely to take down Sonoma State in non-conference action 6-5 behind 11 saves from Hall and three goals from Emily Knowles (JR/Long Beach, CA). FPU has now matched a program record for wins in a season with 13 overall. The Sunbirds next faces Azusa Pacific on Thursday and Concordia on Friday on the road in conference play.

LMU
The LMU sophomore Morgan Molloy (SO/Simi Valley, CA) shared the team-high with three goals, two assists, and five points, after converting a team-best 50 percent of her shots. Her three goal performance against Santa Clara was one off her season high and the third time she finished with three or more goals this season. Molloy converted three of her five shots against the Broncos and led the team with four points in the win. Following her strong weekend, Molloy ranks tied for ninth in the GCC with seven goals. The Lions travel to California Baptist on Thursday and then host Azusa Pacific on Saturday.

PACIFIC
The No. 9 Pacific women's water polo team hits the road for a pair of Golden Coast Conference games this weekend as the Tigers face No. 14 San Diego State and Concordia. Pacific and San Diego State square off at 4 p.m. Friday in San Diego. The Tigers will face Concordia on Saturday in Irvine at 5:30 p.m. The Tigers look to remain unbeaten in GCC play as Pacific enters at 14-7 overall and 3-0 in the conference. The Tigers have won 13 of their last 15 regular season GCC games. Overall, the Tigers have won four straight and six of the last seven.

SAN DIEGO STATE
No. 14 San Diego State begins its regular-season-ending five-game homestand on Friday when it plays host to Golden Coast Conference foe and ninth-ranked Pacific, at Aztec Aquaplex. The contest, which will have live stats provided at GoAztecs.com, is set for a 4 p.m. PT start and admission is free. The highly anticipated meeting between the Aztecs and Tigers will feature the two programs sitting atop the Golden Coast standings. San Diego State, which has never dropped a GCC game in 23 tries, is 4-0 against league competition this season. Pacific, meanwhile, is 3-0 after sweeping Loyola Marymount and California Baptist at home this past weekend. Friday's game is a rematch of last year's GCC Championship title game at Aztec Aquaplex, which San Diego State won, 10-9, in sudden-victory overtime.

SANTA CLARA
Santa Clara concluded a four-game homestand last weekend with a pair of Golden Coast Conference loses. The Broncos fell to Azusa Pacific 10-9 in overtime on Friday and 6-3 to Loyola Marymount on Saturday. After Santa Clara's Susan Providenza (SR/San Rafael, CA) knotted the Azusa Pacific game at 9-all with 1:20 remaining in the second overtime, Sarah Adams answered on the ensuing possession with the game-winner. The next day against No. 21 LMU, Hannah Buck (SO/Lafayette, CA) scored a game-high four goals and Annie Eldredge (SO/La Jolla, CA) added two for the Broncos who held a 40-29 shot advantage, but were 1-for-11 with the extra attacker. Providenza, Cathy Cantoni (SR/San Jose, CA), Francesca Puccinelli, Keri Clifford (SR/Sunnyvale, CA), Blair Akerland (SR/Fremont, CA) and Kathryn Burke (SR/San Mateo, CA), all seniors, played for the final time at home during the regular season on Saturday.