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Burdge leads Wagner College to NCAA tourney

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POSTED May 6, 2014 1:58 a.m.

Manteca resident Jessica Burdge completed a stellar junior campaign with the Wagner College women’s water polo team this past Saturday, when the Seahawks dropped an 11-6 decision to 12th-ranked Indiana in the NCAA Tournament play-in game.

It was the first time since 2007 that the Staten Island, N.Y. school competed in the tournament. Indiana advances to take on No. 1 Stanford.

Wagner College entered its final game riding a 10-game winning streak that included a run to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship. All-MAAC selection Burdge played a big part in the team’s success, as she and MAAC Defensive Player of the Year Jessica Lundgren, a native of Australia, tied for the team lead with 103 goals scored. Burdge was also the team leader in sprints with 49 won. 

The former St. Mary’s (Stockton) standout also earned MAAC Offensive Player of the Week honors and is one of 33 players to make the conference All-Academic Team. Wagner led all MAAC schools with nine Seahawks on the All-Academic Team. Burdge is a psychology major.

Prep diving

Manteca High’s Logan Jackson placed ninth in the JV girls division of the Jesuit Invitational held at Rio Linda on Saturday.

Jackson received a score of 297.00. Rachel Choi of Rio Americano was awarded a score of 414.70 in winning the division.

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