HONOLULU (HawaiiAthletics) - The No. 7 University of Hawai'i women's water polo team captured at least a share of its first-ever Big West regular-season title with a thrilling 10-8 win over No. 14 Cal State Northridge on Senior night at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.
The Rainbow Wahine (18-9, 6-1 Big West), who also secured the top seed in the Big West Tournament with the win, could claim the outright championship in its first season in the league with a UC Irvine loss next week.
UH was powered by its seniors Amarens Genee (five goals) and Monika Eggens (four goals) who combined for nine of the team's 10 goals. Genee was particularly clutch, scoring three of her goals in the final quarter to help UH rally from a one-goal deficit.
The match started with offensive fireworks as the teams combined for eight goals in the first quarter. The teams however hunkered down after that. The match was tied 6-6 at the half and the Matadors (20-11, 2-4 Big West), who led by as many as two goals in the match, took a 7-6 lead into the final eight minutes.
That's however when Genee took over. The senior from Gorinchem, Netherlands, scored the equalizer just 28 seconds into the fourth, then tacked on two more goals in the next three minutes. Eggens capped a string of four straight UH goals, giving the Rainbow Wahine an insurmountable 10-7 lead late in the game.
With her five goals Genee moved into third all-time on the UH scoring list with 175 goals, while Eggens (235 goals) now stands just four goals shy of becoming the school's all-time leading scorer. It was a memorable Senior Night for the pair, along with fellow seniors Hannah Hogue, Katie Teets and Monique Wilson, who made their final home appearances.
The win was UH's 11th in 12 all-time meetings with the Matadors. The Rainbow Wahine will now have this week off before heading to Irvine, Calif., April 26-28, for the 2013 Big West Tournament.