College NCAA Water Polo (Women)

Regular season ends, unbeaten UCLA water polo players seal top spot in MPSF

USA women water polo players in the pool
Photo: Catharyne Hayne / KLC fotos

Previous weekend saw USA women’s water polo teams playing their final matches of the regular season.

Bruins defeat Trojans to end regular season at position No.1

UCLA hosted USC on Saturday, April 22. Maddie Musselman was the game’s top scorer with five goals netted for the Bruins’ victory, 11-7. Crucial for the win was the second quarter of the game when UCLA scored three unanswered goals, whereas the result difference was only one goal during the rest of the periods.

Musselman scored the opener 10 seconds after the game started to give UCLA the lead. Three minutes later, Hayley McKelvey’s equalizer followed. The Bruins were in the lead again thirty seconds later after Kodi Hill’s goal, but Stephania Haralabidis made another tie. Musselman scored again to give the Bruins a one-goal advantage after eight minutes of play (3-2).

Bruin Musselman scored two goals and Kelsey O’Brien scored one, leaving the Trojans scoreless in the second period. The hosting water polo team had 6-2 at halftime. UCLA even had a five-goal lead during the third quarter, but USC managed to score one goal more before the last period and cut down the deficit to three (9-6). The last eight minutes of the match started with another goal for USC by Brigitta Games, decreasing the UCLA’s advantage to two. However, the Bruins stepped up their defense again netting two more to secure the vital win and the top spot in MPSF.

UCLA vs. USC 11-7 (3-2, 3-0, 3-4, 2-1)

The first day of the MPSF Tournament, April 28, will be a day off for the Bruins who are seeded first.
USC will open the Tournament with a match-up against San Jose State.

Cardinal’s faultless triumph over Spartans

Stanford water polo players played their last match of the season at home against San Jose State. They easily rolled past their rival who failed to score in the second and in the fourth quarter as well. Jamie Neushul and Jordan Raney led the Cardinal with four goals each.

The hosts proved to be a too tough opponent for the Spartans, allowing them to score only one goal before the halftime. They went on a break with six-goal advantage (7-1) scoring the same number of goals in the first half as in the third quarter – seven. In addition, Stanford water polo players were even more dominant in the second half, when they netted ten goals and increased the lead to fourteen by the end of the match (17-3).

Stanford vs. San Jose State 17-3 (4-1, 3-0, 7-2, 3-0)

Runner-up in MPSF, Stanford, will play against CSU Bakersfield on April 28, and San Jose State starts the Tournament by facing USC in the quarterfinals.

MPSF Tournament to be played next weekend

The 2017 MPSF Women’s Water Polo Championship Tournament will be hosted by UCLA. The Tournament is scheduled to take place on April 28-30 at the Spieker Aquatics Center.
Seven water polo teams will participate in the MPSF Tournament: Arizona State, Cal, CSU Bakersfield, San Jose State, Stanford, UCLA, and USC.

Please see below the pairings announced by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation:

Friday, April 28 (Quarterfinals)
Game 1: 2 seed Stanford vs. 7 seed CSU Bakersfield
Game 2: 3 seed USC vs. 6 seed San Jose State
Game 3: 4 seed Arizona State vs. 5 seed California

Saturday, April 29 (Semifinals)
Game 4: Losers Games 1 and 2
Game 5: Winners Games 1 and 2
Game 6: 1 seed UCLA vs. Winner Game 3

Sunday, April 30 (Finals)
Game 7: Loser Game 3-Winner Game 4 – 5th/6th place
Game 8: Losers Games 5 and 6 – 3rd/4th place
Game 9: Winners Games 5 and 6 – Final

Photo: Catharyne Hayne / KLC fotos

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