NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Erika Bigbie (Sr., San Diego, Calif.) scored twice to earn Player of the Game honors as No. 1 California Polytechnic State University stopped No. 5 University of Oregon 7-1 at the Uniersity of Notre Dame's Rolfs Aquatic Center to return to the National Collegiate Club Championship Game for the ninth time in the last 10 years.
The three-time defending National Champion, Cal Poly will seek to become the first program in history of the sport at the women's collegiate club level to capture four consecutive crowns. The Mustangs will appear in their ninth title tilt in the past 10 years as Cal Poly defeated Michigan State University (2003), Dartmouth College (2004, 2005), University of Oregon (2008), University of Notre Dame (2009) and University of Michigan (2010) for tiltes, while falling to Michigan State (2002) and Fresno State University (2007).
Their opponent will be either No. 2-ranked Michigan or No. 3 University of California-Davis a 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 8 as the Mustangs will seek to make history and stay on top of the collegiate water polo mountain.
Against the Ducks, the Mustangs broke loose from the pen and ran wild putting up four goals in the first period, two more in the second and a solo marker in the fourth to overpower Oregon on the way to another potential date with history.
Bigbie began the onslaught by cranking a shot past Oregon netminder Kelsey Fanshier (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) at 5:15 of the first period. She followed at 2:03 with her second tally of the day to register the eventual game-winner before Kristy Avis (So., San Diego, Calif.) and Sophie Calhoun (So., Santa Cruz, Calif.) followed at 1:25 and 54 seconds, respectively, to build a 4-0 lead.
Oregon broke-up the Mustangs' bid for a shutout 18 seconds following Calhoun's tally with one by Katie Peront (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) to make it 4-1 through seven minutes.
The game was all Cal Poly from there as Wendy Dorr (Fr., San Diego, Calif.) and Casey Clark (So, Agoura Hills, Calif.) deked and dodged their way to scores at 4:44 and 3:20 in the second period to begin to pull away for good.
Neither team found the cage in the third period as the squads combined for two ejections and a 20 second timeout in a swim meet before Avis tacked on the finale with a blast at the 3:00 mark to set the scoreboard at 7-1 and punch the Mustangs' ticket to another shot at the National Championship.
Noelle Wondergem (Sr., Arroyo Grande, Calif.) notched six saves in taking the victory for Cal Poly, while Fanshier registered one save for the Ducks.
|No. 5 University of Oregon
|No. 1 California Polytechnic State University||4||2||0||1||--||7|
Cal Poly Goals:
Erika Bigbie (2); Kristy Avis (2); Sophie Calhoun; Casey Clark;
Oregon Goals: Katie Peront
Saves: Cal Poly - Noelle Wondergem (6) ; Oregon - Kelsey Fanshier (1)
Exclusions: Cal Poly - 3 ; Oregon - 2
Advantage Opportunities: Cal Poly - 0-for-2 ; Oregon - 0-for-3
Sprints: Cal Poly - 4-for-4 ; Oregon - 0-for-4
Officials: Don Lewis, JT Wall
University of Oregon goalie
Kelsey Fanshier awaits a shot by California Polytechnic State
University's Sarah Ur