Water Polo: Sanchez game-winner leads No. 8 CSUN over No. 6 Hawai’i 7-6


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Vincent Nguyen

CSUN (11-8, 1-0 Big West) clinched their first win in the Big West Conference in the final seconds of their match against the No. 6 Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine (7-5, 0-1 Big West) by way of freshman attacker Madeline Sanchez’s buzzer beater.

The 7-6 victory gave the Matadors their third straight win over the Rainbow Wahine.

The Matadors came out hot after taking a 2-0 lead after the first quarter before the Rainbow Wahine rallied to tie it up 2-2 in the second. The Matadors notched a goal before halftime to restore their lead, going 3-2 into the break.

CSUN and Hawai’i each scored twice before Sanchez’s buzzer beater. Senior Kelcy Barrott ended the game with a hat-trick and senior Kiernan Davis recorded 11 saves.

CSUN will head to UC San Diego Thursday, Mar. 12 before resuming Big West play on March 28th at home against Long Beach State.