Wagner Water Polo Earns First-Ever NCAA Tournament Victory in Program History
Release: May 06, 2017
LA JOLLA, CA – The No. 17 Wagner College Seahawks have defeated No. 15 UCSD Tritons, 6-5, in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Water Polo Tournament. This win marks the first NCAA Tournament victory for the Seahawks and they join Iona College and Marist College as the only other MAAC schools to win a national postseason game.
This is the first win for a MAAC program in the NCAA Tournament since Iona pulled out a 12-8 double overtime win against Pomona-Pitzer in 2012. Wagner (26-10, 14-0 MAAC) faces the No. 1 seed UCLA Bruins (22-1, 6-0 PAC12) from Indianapolis, IN on Friday, May 12 at 12:00 p.m.
The 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Champions, Wagner were led by junior Elise Begg who recorded four points on two goals and two assists. After the Tritons opened the scoring, the Seahawks received three unanswered goals, two from Erica Hardy, and one from Begg. The Tritons would then go on to score one more before halftime to cut Wagner's lead to 3-2 going into halftime.
UCSD took a 4-3 lead after goals from Chanel Schilling and Kayla Fedler. 2017 MAAC All-Championship Team member Franciska Milo-Sidlo (one goal) would tie the game up at 4-4 with a strike at the 4:56 mark of the third period. Wagner would go into the final frame with a 5-4 lead on a goal from 2017 MAAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year Kimberly Watson (one goal, one assist).
Begg added another goal to the scoresheet tallying her second of the game, and making the score 6-4. The Seahawks were able to hold onto their lead in the fourth and go on to seal the victory and advance in the NCAA Tournament.
2017 NCAA DI Women's Water Polo Schedule
May 6, No. 17 Wagner - 6 No., 15 UC San Diego – 5
No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 17 Wagner – 12:00 p.m.
May 1, 3:00 p.m.
May 14, 3:00 p.m.