College NCAA Water Polo (Women)

UCLA water polo players secure top spot in MPSF

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USA women’s college water polo teams have less than two weeks left until the MPSF Tournament, scheduled for April 28-30, 2017.

BRUINS OVERPOWER CARDINAL

Stanford water polo team replaced USC at the first position after their triumph in the last week’s clash. On April 15, No. 1 Cardinal hosted No. 3 UCLA in a battle for the first position in MPSF, as both teams had won all previous MPSF games. UCLA recorded a 5-0 winning streak in MPSF to take the top spot in the MPSF.

The Bruins opened the match with three consecutive goals scored by Alexa Tielman, Alys Williams and Rachel Fattal and achieved the significant lead which it kept by the end of the match. Stanford’s Jamie Neushul and Shannon Cleary brought down the deficit to one, but Maddie Musselman again increased UCLA’s advantage to two. Around a minute before the end of the first quarter, Neushul brought Stanford to -1 again (4-3).

At the beginning of the second period, Makenzie Fischer netted an equalizer to announce the exciting battle. The result was tied three more times, but Stanford failed to take the lead. The Bruins stepped up their game and collected an outstanding win (10-9). Bruin Kodi Hill was the game’s top scorer with three goals and three assists.

Stanford vs. UCLA 9-10 (4-3, 2-2, 3-2, 1-2)

In their last match of the regular season, UCLA will host No. 2 USC on April 22.
Stanford will on Saturday welcome No. 15 San Jose State.

TROJANS DOMINATE IN THIRD QUARTER TO TRIUMPH OVER BEARS

Cal Bears suffered a loss in their last game of the regular season. On Saturday, April 15, they hosted USC who scored the least goals in the season. The audience saw a brilliant performance by the Bears who took the first lead after Anna Illes scored the first goal. Brigitta Games netted an equalizer in the second period and the result was tied at halftime.

The third quarter was crucial for the Trojans who scored four goals for a three-goal advantage eight minutes before the end of the game (2-5). Ioanna Haralabidis even increased the lead to +4 which the Bears only reduced to three when Dora Antal scored the only goal for Cal in the final period (3-6).

Antal scored two on Saturday and has now overall of 189 goals in her career. Therefore, she is now fourth at Bears’ all-time scoring list. Madeline Trabucco is fourth at the Cal’s all-time saves list after her career-high 12 saves on Saturday.

Cal vs. USC 3-6 (1-0, 0-1, 1-4, 1-1)

USC will play the last game of the regular season against UCLA on April 22.

SUN DEVILS TOO STRONG FOR SPARTANS

Arizona State water polo players also played their last match in the regular season and recorded a convincing victory over No.15 San Jose State (11-3). This was their first home MPSF win at home.

The Sun Devils left no doubt about who will win the match after an unblemished first quarter during which they scored four goals allowing the hosting water polo team to net just one. After both squads went scoreless in the second quarter, Arizona State went on a break with a three-goal advantage (1-4). San Jose State was helpless against their excellent rival and had no solution for Sun Devils’ defense. Only Carla Toha Vilanova, Cara Robinson and McKenna Yates netted a goal each for the hosts.

San Jose State vs. ASU 3-11 (1-4, 0-0, 0-3, 2-4)

The Spartans will play two last matches of the regular season next week. They will play at home against CSU Bakersfield on Friday, April 21, and travel to face Stanford on Saturday, April 22. 

Photo: Catharyne Hayne / KLC fotos

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