College NCAA Water Polo (Men)

Stanford secures No. 1 seed for MPSF Championship

UCLA vs. USC Photo: Minette Rubin Photography/

The MPSF Men’s Water Polo Regular Season was completed by two thrilling matches. The No.3 Stanford Cardinal secured the No. 1 seed in the MPSF Championship, which will be held next weekend. USC has the No. 2 seed, California is No.3, UCLA No.4 seed.

Last weekend Stanford traveled to Berkeley to face No.4 California. The game offered a lot of twists and turns. The sides were tied after the 4th quarter (9:9). Cardinal had a big chance to secure a win in the finish of the 4th period. Stanford sophomore Ben Hallock tried to send the ball into the cage as time expired. California goalkeeper Carelli, however, registered the save from close range and sent the game to overtime.

After the 1st overtime, the Cardinal was 11:10 up. Williams hit the back of the net for 12:10 with 1:15 remaining on the clock. For the first and for the last time the difference between the two sides was two goals.

A Turk Safak Simsek reduced the deficit (12:11) 36 seconds from time. After Stanford’s possession, the Bears called timeout with six seconds to go. Johnny Hooper had the last chance but he didn‘t find the net and Cardinal secured the narrow win.

Abramson, Williams (both Cardinal), and Simsek (Bears) each scored four goals.

California 11:12 Stanford
(3:2, 2:3, 2:1, 1:2, 0:1, 1:1)

California: Simsek 4, Delagrammatikas 2, Masmanidis 2.Farrar 1, Tzavaras 1, Hooper 1,
Stanford:Abramson 4, Williams 4 ,Hallock 2, Parrish 1, Stanchi 1.

The No.1 USC Trojans secured the No.2 seed for the MPSF tournament by defeating No. 2 UCLA.

The Trojans, the home team in this encounter, led throughout the game. At halftime, USC was 8:6 up.USC’s captain Zach D’Sa gave his team a 10:6 lead with two goals in the third quarter. The hosts had 11:7 advantage early in the fourth period. But the Bruins were able to come back. The visitors delivered four consecutive goals to equal the score (11:11) two and a half minutes from the end. USC’s Marin Dasic, who won a silver medal with Croatia at the 2017 FINA Junior World Championships, decided everything. He netted a winner with 19 seconds to go.

USC 12:11 UCLA
(4:3, 4:3, 2:0, 2:5)

USC: Slobodien 4, D’Sa 3, Dasic 3, Rhodes, Daube.
UCLA: Saveljic 4, Cavano 3, Rone 2, Molthen 2.

The Trojans ended the regular MPSF season with 2 wins and a defeat, as well as Stanford. But the Cardinal will be the No.1 seed, because Stanford beat USC 13:11 in the MPSF opener.

California and UCLA each have a win and two defeats. California secured seed No.3 thanks to a 9:7 win over UCLA.

The MPSF Tournament will be hosted by the USC Trojans at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center (November 16th – 18th). USC and Stanford earned a bye 1st day of the tournament, which will begin with an encounter between Penn State Behrend and Austin College. California and UCLA will start the competition in the quarterfinal stage.

MPSF standings, results, schedule


Stanford (1) 2-1 MPSF (18 – 2 overall)
USC (2) 2 – 1 (28 – 1)
California (3) 1 – 2 (16 – 5)
UCLA (4) 1 – 2 (20- 3)
Penn State Behrend (5/6) 0 – 0 (3 – 17)
Austin College (5/6) 0 – 0 (1 – 12)

All MPSF games in the regular season

Stanford (host) – USC 13:11
California (h) – UCLA 9:7
UCLA (h) – Stanford 10:8
USC (h) – California 13:7
Calfornia (h) – Stanford 11:12 (OT)
USC (h) – UCLA 12:11

MPSF tournament (Uytengsu Aquatics Center)

Friday, November 16
Penn State Behrend vs. Austin College (5/6 seed game)
Game 1: 3 seed California vs. 6 seed (Austin/Penn State Behrend)
Game 2: 4 seed UCLA vs. 5 seed (Austin/Penn State Behrend)

Saturday, November 17
Game 3: 1 seed Stanford vs. Game 2 winner (Semifinal)
Game 4: 2 seed USC vs. Game 1 winner (Semifinal)

Sunday, November 18
Game 5: Losers Games 1 and 2 (5th-Place)
Game 6: Losers Games 3 and 4 (3rd-Place)
Game 7: Winners Games 3 and 4 (Championship)

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