College NCAA Water Polo (Women)

California, USC, UCLA continue winning

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Photo: Catharyne Hayne / KLC fotos

Favorites continued winning in the USA women’s college water polo competition last weekend. California recorded the third win in a row and opened MPSF play with a 3 – 0 start for the first time since 2010. UCLA and USC also were successful.

After beating big rivals Stanford and UCLA, No.1 California visited Tempe to face No. 6. Arizona. The first three quarters were pretty balanced. California led 3:2 but before the last period, the score was 3:3. The Bears dominated in the last eight minutes. California’s all-time leading scorer Dora Antal, a member of the national team of Hungary, put her team in front in the 25th minute. The visiting side added two goals in the remaining time for a 6:3 win. One of the heroes of the match was California’s junior goalkeeper Madison Tagg with 12 saves. She let only three goals just like a week ago when California beat UCLA 5:3.

Arizona State 3:6 California
(1:0, 0:1, 2:2, 0:3)

 

The USC Trojans (No. 3) took a trip to Honolulu over Spring Break. They finished the week with a game against their host Hawai’i (No. 5). This was the second encounter between these two teams in a span of 10 days. In the first match, played in Los Angeles, the Trojans celebrated a win (12:7). The team of Hawai’i wasn’t able to take a revenge for the defeat at USC’s pool. USC squad controlled the match from the beginning. It jumped to a 7:2 lead early in the fourth quarter. The home team managed to reduce the deficit (7:4), but it was too late for a turn, the girls from Los Angeles beat Hawai’i by a 4-goal margin (9:5)

Hawai’i 5:9 USC
(1:1, 1:3, 0:2, 3:3)

 

UCLA, that holds the 4th place in the Collegiate Water Polo Association ranking, had an easy task. The women’s team of UCLA hosted No. 21 San Jose State. The Bruins played their first game at home since January. Boosted by Alexis Angermund, who scored her 5th career hat trick, UCLA took a flying start and led 10:1 in the third period. It maintained the big advantage until the last buzzer (15:4).

UCLA 15:4 San Jose State
(3:1, 4:0, 4:1, 4:2)

 

Stanford (No. 2) was out of action in the past week. The Cardinal is idle until a March 26 visit to No. 7 UC Irvine.

17th LMU Invitational

The 17th Annual LMU Invitational was held at the Burns Aquatics Center in Los Angeles. Sixteen games were played over the two-day tournament.

Day 1

San Jose State – LMU 8:7
Michigan – Cal Baptist 17:6
Harvard – Marist 7:5
San Jose State – Fresno State 9:6
Princeton – Cal Baptist 8:6
LMU – Harvard 10:5
Michigan – Fresno Pacific 18:3
Princeton – Marist 8:7

Day 2

Princeton – Fresno Pacific 18:3
Michigan – LMU 13:3
San Jose State -Marist 6:5
Harvard – Cal Baptist 7:5
Princeton – LMU 6:5
Michigan – San Jose State 12:8
Harvard – Fresno Pacific 14:7
Cal Baptist – Marist 10:5

Latest NCAA rankings

Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) rankings (on March 14)

1 California (MPSF league) 98 points
2 Stanford (MPSF) 97
3 USC (MPSF) 94
4 UCLA (MPSF) 88
5 Hawai’i (Big West) 84
6 Arizona (MPSF) 80
7 UC Irvine (Big West) 74
8 Pacific (Golden Coast) 72
9 Michigan (Collegiate D1)
10 UC Davis (Big West) 64

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) rankings ( onMarch 19)

1 California (MPSF 3 wins -0 losses, season overall 15-3)
2 UCLA (MPSF 1 – 1, overall 18-3)
3 Stanford (MPSF 0 – 1, overall 11-1)
4 Arizona (MPSF 0 – 1, overall 14-4)
5 San Jose State (MPSF 0 – 1, overall 8-13)
– USC (MPSF 0 – 0, 13 – 1 overall).

Big West Conference (on March 19)

1 Hawai’i (Big West 1-0, overall 16 – 4)
2 UC Davis (Big West 1 – 0, overall 16 – 7)
3 Long Beach State (Big West 1 – 1, overall 9 – 10)
4 UC Irvine (Big West 1 – 1, overall 7 – 9)
5 UC Santa Barbara (Big West 0 – 1, overall 11-9)
6 CSUN (Big West 0 – 1, overall 12 – 11)

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