College NCAA Water Polo (Women)

Stanford and California in neck-to-neck race for No.1

Carla Carrega women water polo player holding a ball
Carla Carrega (California) Photo: Catharyne Hayne / KLC photos

Stanford and California continue a neck-to-neck race for No. 1 in the National Collegiate Water Polo Rankings for ladies. Ten days ago the teams were tied for the top spot, but Stanford took over sole possession of the 1st place in the latest rankings (March 28) ahead of the Golden Bears, who were idle for a week and a half (March 17 – March 28).

California team returned to action in Morro Bay, where it faced No. 21 San Diego State. The hosts scored the first goal in the game. Then came California, which netted eight straight goals and jumped to an 8:1 lead at halftime. The Bears were 11:2 up in the third period. They recorded a 15:7 win. The top scorer was Dutch freshman Kitty Lyn Joustra (4 goals).

California 15:7 San Diego State
(5:1, 3:0,6:3, 1:3)

 

On Saturday, California hosted No. 19 San Jose State, in a conference game. This was the last regular season home game for six Cal’s seniors Dora Antal, Anna Illes, Kindred Paul, Carla Carrega, Kacey Avalos and Lolo Silver. The Bears will be the host of the MPSF Tournament (April 27 – 29), but the encounter served as the final regular season home game for the Cal’s 2018 senior class. That’s why coach Coralie Simmon decided that all six begin the fourth quarter, which was their last ever period at Spiker Aquatics Complex in the regular season.

All of them helped California to achieve a 13:5 victory. Dora Antal, a two-time Olympian for Hungary, was the top scorer of the game (3 goals). The home team dominated from the beginning. It led 9:0 before San Jose State scored its first goal.

California 13:5 San Jose State
(2:0, 5:0, 4:3, 2:2)

 

The most interesting game last weekend was the MPSF encounter between No.4 UCLA and No. 8 Arizona. The first quarter belonged to the Arizona water polo team, the visiting side, which led 1:0 after eight minutes of action. The UCLA Bruins broke the rival in the second period and went 4:1 up at halftime. The hosts added one goal early in the second half for a four-goal lead, but Arizona reduced the gap by the end of the third quarter (5:3).

Everything was decided in the middle of the last period. UCLA’s junior Lizette Rozeboom found the net to make the final score 6:3. UCLA’s goalkeeper Carlee Kapana saved a penalty shot at 3:40 to complete the well-done job. The Bruins recorded their 21st win this season (21 – 3 overall, 2 – 1 MPSF), while Arizona fell to 14 – 7 overall (0 – 3 MPSF).

UCLA 6:3 Arizona State
(0:1, 4:0, 1:2, 1:0)

 

The USC Trojans registered a new big win. The team scored a season-high 21 goals, beating No. 12 Hartwick (21:9) at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The USC team rushed to a 5:0 and they led 10:2 after the first period. The home team slowed down in the remaining time, but it dominated until the end. USC, led by freshman Paige Hauschild (7 goals) cruised to a 21:9 win to improve its excellent record (17 wins – 1 loss overall this season).

USC 21:9 Hartwick
(10:2, 4:3, 5:1, 2:3)

 

Stanford enjoyed an easy cruise in Santa Barbara. The Cardinal demolished No. 17 Santa Barbara. The visiting team led 7:2 late in the third quarter. In the last ten minutes, Stanford netted 10 unanswered goals for a convincing 17:2 win. Makenzie Fischer scored five goals for the second consecutive game (before Santa Barbara, the Cardinal had beat UC Irvine 8:3).

Stanford 17:2 Santa Barbara
(4:0, 2:1, 4:1, 7:0)

 

Next weekend brings two great games. No. 3 USC (17-1 overall, 1 – 0 MPSF) will host No.2 California (17 – 3, 4 – 0 MPSF). No Stanford (13 – 1, 0-1 MPSF) plays at No. 4 UCLA (21-3, 2-1 MPSF)

Rankings

Collegiate Water Polo Association (March 28)

1.(1) Stanford (MPSF) 98 points
2.(1) California (MPSF) 96
3. (3) USC (MPSF) 93
4. (4) UCLA (MPSF) 88
5. (5) Hawai’I (Big West) 84
6. (6) Arizona State (MPSF) 80
7. (7) UC Irvine (Big West) 74
8. (8) Pacific (Golden Coast) 71
9. (9) Michigan (Collegiate D1) 69
10. (10) UC Davis (Big West) 65

(March 21)

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Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (April 2)

California (4 – 0 MPSF, 17 – 3 overall)
USC ( 1 – 0 MPSF, 17 – 1 overall)
UCLA (2 – 1 MPSF, 21 – 3 overall)
Stanford (0-1 MPSF, 13 – 1 overall)
San Jose (0 – 2 MPSF, 9 – 14 overall)
Arizona (0 – 3 MPSF, 14 – 7 overall)

Results MPSF Conference (March 27 – April 2): UCLA (h) – Arizona State 6:3, California (h) – San Jose State 13:5.

(h) – host

Big West (April 2)

Hawai’i (2-0 BW, 17-4 overall)
Long Beach State (2 – 1 BW, 11-11 overall)
UC Irvine (2 – 1 MPSF, 9 – 11 overall)
UC Davis (1 – 1 BW, 16 – 8 overall)
CSUN (0 – 2, 15– 13 overall)
UC Santa Barbara (0 – 2 BW, 13 – 11 overall)

Results Big West conference (March 27 – April 2): Long Beach State (h) – CSUN 10:8, Hawai’I (h) – UC Davis 12:7, UC Irvine (h) – UC Santa Barbara 7:2.

(h) – host

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