College NCAA Water Polo (Women)

Top-ranked Stanford women’s water polo team beats 2nd-placed Cal

Photo: Catharyn Hayne / KLC fotos

On February 3-4, Stanford was the host of the Annual Invitational in which Cal, Pacific, Michigan, Long Beach State, UC Davis, San Jose State and Chinese National Team also participated.

USC and UCLA ladies had a weekend off to prepare for their next challenge which will be partaking in Triton Invitation in San Diego, scheduled for February 10-11. Cal will organize an alumni match on Saturday, while Stanford will have some time to rest and get ready for keeping the top spot.


Stanford opened the Invite at Avery Aquatic Center with a face-off with women’s national water polo team of China which prevailed at the end of this exhibition game. However, they stepped up their game in the match against Pacific water polo team which they defeated with no trouble (16:4). Cardinal was led by Katie Dudley who scored five goals and ended up being the game’s top scorer. She netted a pair at the beginning of the match and brought her team a nice advantage. After Brooke Contreras cut the deficit, Shannon Cleary raised it to two again, which Stanford was able to preserve until the end of the first quarter (4:2). Hosts completely dominated the next period, and scored seven goals, while allowing the rivals to net only one. They went on a break with an eight-goal lead (11:3) eliminating all doubts about who would win this duel. The second half saw fewer goals than the first one, but Pacific was helpless against Cardinal squad which sealed the win with three unanswered goals in the last period.

(4:2, 7:1, 2:1, 3:0)

Cal water polo team opened their participation in the Invite with a convincing 18:3 win against San Jose State. They scored five goals already in the first period and achieved a nice three-goal advantage (5:2) which they only kept increasing by the end. Cal continued with a powerful play and SJS was eventually completely crushed thanks to twelve Bears who managed to find the net.

CAL 18:3 SJS
(5:2, 4:0, 4:1, 5:0)

Bears survived a tough encounter with No. 9 Michigan but managed to record a narrow win in the end (11:10). They were down by two after the first quarter, in spite of the fact that Joustra netted the opener and gave Cal the first lead. Michigan responded with three consecutive goals and had their rival trailing after only eight minutes of play (1:3). However, Bears gradually woke up and managed to equalize the result by halftime. Joustra and Hannah DeRose each scored one and it was a tie. Michigan then had a minimum advantage on two occasions before the break but the first half ended in a draw (5:5). The second half saw Cal water polo players step up their game and take over the lead for the first time in this game. They went ahead 7:5 and kept the lead until the end. Michigan was very close to equalizing all the time and the deficit was not bigger than two until the middle of the last period. That was when Carrega found the net to increase the difference to three and set a difficult task for the opponents. Michigan only managed to bring down the deficit with to one 43 seconds left on the clock.

(1:3, 4:2, 4:3, 3:2)



The hosting team continued their winning streak on Day 2 of the Invitational when they stormed past Long Beach State water polo team (14:2). Top-ranked Stanford scored nine goals in the first half leaving the opponents scoreless. They only continued to increase the lead by the end of the game. The game’s top scorer was Kat Klass who scored all of her four goals in the first half.

(4:0, 5:0, 1:1, 4:1)

The most important triumph of Stanford was the one over Cal on Sunday (11:9). The derby between the water polo teams ranked 1st and 2nd was very exciting. Cal got off to a better start and went ahead 3:1 thanks to Kitty Lynn Joustra, Sarah Siepker, and Carla Carrega. Host Makenzie Fischer cut the deficit three seconds before the end of the first period (2:3). Stanford took over the lead in the next quarter thanks to Kat Klass who added a pair so the hosts had a one-goal advantage at halftime (4:3). Cal continued to keep parity in the third quarter as well. When Cardinal increased their lead to three, Bears Emma Wright and Carrega brought the deficit back to one again. It was exactly when Stanford had a minimum lead (6:5) that they broke Cal’s defense. Hosts entered the last period with a nice three-goal lead against their rivals (9:6) and it turned out to be insurmountable for Cal because Stanford’s defense was on point and did not relax until the end.Brilliant Klass contributed to her team’s important win with five goals.

(2:3, 2:0, 5:3, 2:3)

Cal had enough strength after this tough loss and easily defeated UC Davis (14:9). They were in control from the very beginning and UCD had no chance of coming back. The game’s top scorers were Dora Antal and Joustra each recorded a hat trick.

CAL 14:9 UCD
(6:3, 2:1, 4:1, 2:4)


Stanford Invite

Saturday – February 3, 2018
Stanford 9:11 China
Pacific 13:8 LBS
Cal 18:3 SJS
Michigan 14:9 UCD
Stanford 16:4 Pacific
Cal 11:10 Michigan
China 11:3 LBS
UCD 12:8 SJS

Sunday – February 4, 2018
Stanford 14:2 LBS
Cal 14:9 UCD
Pacific 9:8 Michigan
Stanford 11:9 Cal
China 14:4 Pacific
Michigan 14:3 SJS
China 11:1 SJS

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