College NCAA Water Polo (Women)

Stanford returns to action with away win

USA college women a ball in the pool
Photo: CATHARYN HAYNE / KLC FOTO

Stanford women’s water polo team returned to action after a three-week break. The reigning NCAA champion visited No. 7 UC Irvine today. California, that is tied with Stanford for the top spot in the Collegiate Water Polo Asociation rankings, has been idle since March 17, while USC (No.3) and UCLA (No. 4) recorded big wins last week

Today, Stanford played the first game after its first loss of the season – to California (7:8), at home on March 4. The Cardinal, boosted by Makenzie Fisher (5 goals), posted an 8:3 victory over UC Irvine for a 12 – 1 record (0-1 MPSF). UC Irvine recorded 7 wins and suffered 11 losses (1-1 Big West) this season.

Stanford 8:3 UC Irvine
(5:2, 1:0, 1:1, 1:0)

USC successfully opened its MPSF schedule

The No. 3 USC Trojans were very busy in the past week. They played three matches in four days. USC started a three-game series by hosting No.15 Princeton. USC ladies had no mercy, they posted a 17:4 win. Maud Meggens scored 4, Briana Daboun and Paige Hauschild added three goals each.

Video source: USC Athletics/YouTube

USC opened its MPSF (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) play in Tempe, where it faced No. 6 Arizona State. The Trojans broke the opponent in the second and in the third quarter. After first eight minutes, it was 3:3. The visiting team dominated the middle of the encounter and, led by Denise Mammolito (3 goals in the match), earned a 10:5 advantage by the last break. There was no way back for Arizona (12:6).

After this victory, the Trojans came back home and achieved another convincing win. USC women’s water polo team demolished No. 8 Pacific – 19:3. The heroes of the game were two sophomores Maud Meggens and Denise Mammolito. Meggens, a member of the senior national team of the Netherlands, scored seven goals. Mammolito put the ball into the net four times.

With three new wins, USC improved this season’s record to 16-1 overall.

USC 17:4 Princeton
(4:1, 7:2, 3:0, 3:1)

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USC 12:6 Arizona State
(3:3, 4:1, 3:1, 2:1)

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USC 19:3 Pacific
(6:1, 6:1, 3:1, 4:0)

UCLA with no mercy

UCLA played two games at home in one day. The Bruins defeated No. 14 Long Beach State and No. 12 Hartwick and recorded two convincing wins.

Maddie Musselman led the home team scoring five goals (3 against Long Beach and two against Harwick).

The first quarter put the hosts on the right track in an encounter between UCLA and Long Beach State. UCLA jumped to a 4:0 lead (2.21 before the big break). The home squad had an eight-goal advantage (9:1) early in the fourth quarter. The visiting side only reduced the gap in the remaining time (9:4).

The Bruins had an easy task in a win over Hartwick, too. The hosts were 8:1 up 3:34 before the end of the second period and kept a big advantage until the end of the game (15:7).

Two UCLA’s players Devin Gran and Lizette Rozeboom each scored the 100th goal in her career in these two wins.

Gran’s third and last goal in a clash with Long Beach State was her 100th goal in the career. She added a goal in the win over Hartwick. Lizette Rozeboom topped the scorers’ list in the game UCLA – Hartwick, with three goals. She set the final score 15:7 with her 100th career goal.

UCLA 9:4 Long Beach State
(2:0, 3:1, 2:0, 2:3)

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UCLA 15:7 Hartwick
(3:0, 5:3, 2:2, 5:2)

Rankings

The past week brought a new change on the top of the Collegiate Water Polo Association rankings. Just like two weeks ago, Stanford and California are tied in the 1st place. They are followed by USC, UCLA, Hawai’i…

National CWPA Rankings (March 21)

1. (1.) California (MPSF league) 98
1. (2.) Stanford (MPSF) 98
3. (3.) USC (MPSF) 92
4. (4.) UCLA (MPSF) 84
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) 72
9.(9.) Michigan (Collegiate D1) 69
10. (10.) UC Davis (Big West) 64
….
(ranking on March 14)

MPSF (March 26)

1.California (3 – 0 MPSF, 15 – 3 overall)
2.USC (1 – 0 MPSF, 16 – 1 overall)
3. UCLA (1 – 1 MPSF, 20 – 3 overall)
4. Stanford (0 – 1 MPSF, 12 – 1 overall)
5. San Jose State (0 – 1 MPSF, 9 – 13 overall)
6. Arizona State (0-2 MPSF, 14 – 6 overall)

Big West (March 26)

1.Hawai’i (1 – 0 BW, 16 – 4 overall)
2.UC Davis (1 – 0 BW, 16 – 7 overall)
3. Long Beach State (1 – 1 BW, 9 – 11 overall)
4. UC Irvine (1 – 1 BW, 7 – 11 overall)
5. UC Santa Barbara ( 0 – 1 BW, 12 – 9 overall)
6. CSUN (0 – 1 BW, 15 – 12)

 

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