UPDATE: Hawaii got off to a strong start and led California by two goals, and UH was tied with the Golden Bears at halftime, but the Pac-12 school dominated the second half to swim away with a 17-13 quarterfinal win over UH at Stanford on Friday afternoon.
The fourth-seeded Golden Bears, who improved to 3-1 against Hawaii this season — 3-0 on the mainland — rattled off five straight goals spanning the third and fourth quarters once UH got within 12-11 on a goal by Alba Bonamusa-Boix.
Elyse Lemay-Lavoie scored a career-high-tying six goals to led the Rainbow Wahine (18-6). UH fell to 4-2 all-time in its first game of NCAA women’s water polo tournaments.
Ahead of just the sixth NCAA women’s water polo tournament appearance in Hawaii program history, the Rainbow Wahine were dealt a nightmare setback on Wednesday night in the Bay Area.
While UH ate dinner as a team at a local restaurant, two vans containing the team’s equipment were broken into and looted in a nearby parking lot. Uniforms, passports and laptops were among the items stolen.
ABC7 in the Bay Area did a news report on the theft.
Most urgently, UH’s game caps and uniforms were lost in the theft of numerous backpacks. But Shari Smart, the first varsity coach in program history, was making her way up to the tournament and was able to bring replacement gear ahead of UH’s scheduled match against No. 4 California at 10:45 a.m. (Hawaii time) Friday at Stanford, said a UH spokesman traveling with the team.
“They’ll be fine with equipment for the game,” he said.
The match will be live streamed on NCAA.com.
As for missing passports for the team made up heavily of international players, “The administration’s working with people in the proper channels to get it sorted out,” the athletic department spokesman, Gavin Nevill, said.
Head coach Maureen Cole helped calm the team, he said.
#NEW AT 11: College athletes who traveled to the #BayArea to compete, lose equipment, cameras, laptops and passports in auto burglary. Two team vans were targeted. Terrible! It’s an even bigger headache for international players, scrambling to get travel docs in order. #abc7now pic.twitter.com/mUKZuN6dak
— Amanda del Castillo (@AmandaABC7) May 10, 2019
UH athletic director David Matlin told ABC7 the value of the lost goods was between $5,000 and $10,000. He told the station, “The good thing is no one got hurt. I mean, this could be so much worse. These are things that are all replaceable. And well work on what we can do to try to replace it.”
The team held its composure for the pre-tournament banquet Thursday night.
🎥🌈 “We are honored as a team to be here at the NCAA Tournament… We are representing not just the University of Hawai’i but also the whole state of Hawai’i.” – Femke Aan at the NCAA Banquet #HawaiiWWP | #GoBows pic.twitter.com/EUL1CxhzID
— Wahine Water Polo (@WahineWP) May 10, 2019
This post will be updated with the result of the match against Cal.