The University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine water polo team (14-10, 4-1 BWC) finished off their season at home with a 17-6 win over the Cal State Northridge Matadors (10-19, 0-4 BWC), on senior night this past Saturday.
The Rainbow Wahine honored six seniors: Nikki-Marie Bell, Sarah Logan, Taylor Molde, Paula Chillida Esforzado, Gabi Mantellato and Danika Kotylak with plaques, leis and the traditional Senior Float (which involves all the seniors jumping in the pool).
UH won the night for its seniors thanks to players like sophomore Irene Gonzalez, who led the team with four goals against the Matadors. Six other players on the team scored at least one goal each, all of which aided the Wahine in securing their win.
The Wahine kicked off their lead early, as they were able to establish a 4-2 lead in the first period. Along with Gonzalez, sophomore Femke Aan notched two consecutive goals to start off the period. Not trying to fall behind, CSUN responded with two consecutive goals of their own, tying up the score two all. However, junior Claire Nixon was able to hit two consecutive goals of her own, putting the Wahine up 4-2 as the first came to an end.
CSUN then opened up the second period swinging, as they hit two back-to-back goals and tied up the score four all. The Wahine then responded with a three-goal run, thanks to Bell, Aan and junior Chloe Barr. As the game went into halftime, the ‘Bows held a 7-4 lead over the Matadors.
The third quarter was more back and forth between both teams. To close out the period, the Wahine managed to outscore CSUN 6-2. UH put up six consecutive goals thanks to: Gonzalez, Barr, Aan, freshman Maartje Keuning and junior Erika Pauley. As they went into the fourth period, the Wahine held a solid 13-6 lead over Northridge.
Even in the fourth period, the Wahine did not let up on the Matadors, as they put up four more goals thanks to Barr, Gonzalez, Bell and Keuning. At a final score of 17-6, the Wahine put an end to CSUN once and for all.
Next up, the ‘Bows are set to enter the 2017 Big West Tournament at the Schaal Aquatics Center in Davis, California from April 28-30.