Arizona State Sun Devils

No. 7 Water Polo Bounces Back with Two Wins in Irvine

Photo - Tommy Fernandez/Sun Devil Athletics

(Irvine, CA)  The second day at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational featured No. 7 Sun Devil Water Polo bouncing back with two wins Saturday in Irvine, California. In the morning they defeated Pomona-Pitzer 14-10 behind Luca Petovary’s seven goals. In the evening, Arizona State (14-3) dominated No. 14 UC San Diego with a 9-5 win, led by Sanne Keijzer’s 13 saves and Millie Quin’s five goals.

The Hungarian tallied eight goals on the day, seven coming against the Sagehens, making it the fifth time she’s tallied seven goals in a game, the fourth time this year. Her total brings her to 75 goals this season, 10 away from breaking the all-time record. 

Millie Quin had eight goals on the day, five against the Tritons, in the first match up between UC San Diego, the sophomore netted six goals, bringing her total to 11 against the Tritons in both match ups. It marks the 9th time she’s had a game with 3+ goals this year.

Sanne Keijzer made an impact in the cage, resulting in 13 saves against the Tritons, the fourth time this year she’s made double-digit saves. She saved 20 goals on the day.

With two wins, it puts the Sun Devil’s record at 8-3 against ranked opponents this season, and will have the opportunity to to make it nine tomorrow in a rematch against No. 8 Michigan. 

Game One: No. 7 Arizona State 14, Pomona-Pitzer 10

To open the game, Millie Quin netted the first goal for the Sun Devils at the 6:33 mark to give ASU a 1-0 edge. Pomona-Pitzer scored the next two goals, but Luca Petovary stole the lead right back, converting on a penalty shot and scoring on ASU’s next possession with 2:28 in the opening quarter, giving ASU a 3-2 lead. Millie Quin scored her second goal before the end of the 1st quarter.

Despite the Sagehens cutting the lead down to one, Petovary netted two quick goals to give the Sun Devils a 6-4 lead, her fourth of the half. After the opposition cut the lead down to one, Quin netted her third goal to give the Sun Devils a 7-5 advantage at the half.

The Sun Devils came out strong in the 2nd half, Zoe Frangieh won the sprint and immediately Petovary put ASU ahead 8-5 at the 7:45 mark. The Hungarian would score her sixth goal moments later, and Shorter-Robinson gave the Sun Devils a 10-7 lead halfway through the third quarter. 

The scoring was halted by quality defensive play for both sides, as ASU held the three-goal advantage going into the fourth quarter. The final frame was a defensive battle, despite the Sagehens cutting the lead to two multiple times, the Sun Devils answered back with goals from Petovary at the 3:52 mark, and Emily Van Zonneveld with 3:12 left, giving ASU a 12-9 lead.

Van Zonneveld and Alison Kokorowski put the finishing touches on the victory with two goals in the closing minutes, giving ASU the win. The Sun Devils power-play defense was relentless, causing the Sagehens to go 0-13 for the game on the man-advantage.


Luca Petovary 7, Millie Quin 3, Emily Van Zonneveld 2, Sophie Shorter-Robinson 1, Alison Kokorowski 1

Game Two: #7 Arizona State 9, #13UC San Diego 5

Millie Quin netted two goals in the first 2:35 of play to give the Sun Devils an early 2-0 lead at the 5:25 mark in the first quarter. Shorter-Robinson scored with 3:02 left in the opening frame on the 6-on-5 power play to put ASU ahead by three. The Tritons tallied a last second goal before the end of the quarter, with the Sun Devils up 3-1.

The stifling defense for the Sun Devils continued. Shorter-Robinson obtained her second goal 72 seconds into the second quarter, and Millie Quin netted a hat trick at the 4:56 mark to put ASU ahead 5-1. Petocary scored her first goal of the game making it 6-1. 

Quin added her fourth goal to cap off the half, putting the Sun Devils ahead 7-1. Sanne Keijzer and the stifling defense not allowing a Triton goal for the entire 2nd quarter.

The action slowed down for both sides, as the Tritons scored in the opening minute of the third frame, but the Sun Devils held a 7-2 lead halfway through the quarter. Freshman Sandra Garcia scored the lone ASU goal before the end of the third quarter to push the Sun Devil lead back to six, 8-2.

The Tritons scored two unanswered goals to open the fourth quarter, cutting the Sun Devil lead down to four with 6:54 left. Quin scored her fifth goal of the contest, making it 9-4. The Tritons added a final goal to close the game, but Keijzer was a wall in the cage, making 13 saves in the game.


Millie Quin 5, Sophie Shorter-Robinson 2, Luca Petovary 1, Sandra Garcia 1


The Sun Devils will cap off the weekend against No. 8 Michigan tomorrow at 2 p.m. AZT. The match against the Wolverines can be followed on The Fosh.

Press Release courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics – Zach Wargo


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