STANFORD, Calif. - The fifth-ranked University of Hawaii women's water polo team saw the 2019 season come to an end, falling to fourth-ranked California, 17-13, in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals on Friday at the Avery Aquatic Center on the campus of Stanford University.

The Rainbow Wahine, making their sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, finish the season with an 18-6 overall record.

Senior Elyse Lemay-Lavoie led the offensive attack for the 'Bows by tying a career high with six goals on the day. With the score knotted at 8-8 at the half, the Golden Bears (17-8) outscored Hawai?i by a 6-3 margin in the third quarter and 3-2 in the fourth to earn the victory. 

In a high-paced first quarter, the Rainbow Wahine saw four different players enter the scoring column, led by Lemay-Lavoie's two goals. Right out of the gates, the 'Bows opened with a 3-1 lead. The Golden Bears, however, matched every UH goal, going on a 5-2 run to end the quarter with a 6-5 edge. 

Cal kicked off the second period by adding two more goals to extend its lead before Maxine Schaapskipped in her first goal. Lemay-Lavoie's solid play carried over in the second quarter, putting in two more goals to even the scoring at 8-8 entering the break.

Early in the third quarter, Cal scored the first three goals for an 11-8 edge. After a Hawai'i timeout, the 'Bows responded by scoring three goals - from Schaap, Alba Bonamusa Boix and Lemay-Lavoie for the tie. To end the quarter, Cal connected on two goals to regain the lead at 13-11.

In the final eight minutes, the Bears scored four more goals to pull away. Lemay-Lavoie added her sixth-goal to match a career-high but the late UH run fell short. 

In the cage, sophomore Molly DiLalla tallied three saves, before freshman Bridget Layburn recorded one save to close the game. 

On the offensive end, Bonamusa Boix and Schaap put up two goals apiece for Hawai?i. 

Notes

  • Hawaii is 5-11 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
  • The Rainbow Wahine were playing in their sixth NCAA Tournament and first since 2015.
  • Friday marked the fourth meeting between UH and Cal in 2019. Cal won the first two meetings (at UC Irvine and at Cal) before UH beat the Golden Bears on March 29 in Honolulu.
  • It was the first time Hawai?i and Cal met in the NCAA Tournament.
  • After earning Big West Regular Season Co-Champion honors, the Rainbow Wahine qualified for the 2019 NCAA Tournament after winning the Big West Tournament in April.

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