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STANFORD, Calif. — Apparently it’s true that all good things must come to an end.
The No. 14 University of California San Diego women’s water polo team’s season came to a close on Friday afternoon at Avery Aquatic Center, as it fell short against No. 1-ranked USC in the National Collegiate Water Polo Championship Quarterfinal, 14-8.
Sophomore Grace Pevehouse matched a career high with five goals, including three in the first half as the Tritons trailed by just two at halftime, 6-4. Fellow sophomore Taylor Onstott added two assists, while sophomore Sydney Boland had a goal, an assist and two steals.
The final outcome brings the Tritons’ hot streak to a halt, as they entered Friday winners six-straight games and 12 of their last 13 after Tuesday’s opening round win over Wagner.
UC San Diego (22-14) was playing in its third national quarterfinal over the past seven seasons, last reaching this point in 2016. Friday marked the program’s final game as a member of the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) before becoming a member of the Big West Conference in 2020.
The Tritons got on the scoreboard first on a Pevehouse goal off Krista Schneider‘s assist, and rallied in the second period behind Taylor Onstott‘s beautiful pass inside to Chanel Schilling to cut the deficit to 4-2.
Pevehouse’s five-meter penalty goal made it a one-goal game, 4-3, midway through the second quarter, as the Tritons had momentum on their side.
A rocket shot from the Tustin, Calif., native gave her a first-half hat trick, as USC (27-1) led 5-4 with 1:05 left before intermission.