College NCAA Water Polo (Women)

USC and Stanford victorious in important MPSF games (VIDEO)

Photo: Catharyne Hayne / KLC photos

Two big games in the MPSF Conference were top events of the past week in the NCAA women’s water polo league. Both matches were played in Los Angeles. No. 4 UCLA hosted No.1 Stanford, while No. 2 California played at No. 3 USC.

Stanford started like a storm

Stanford stunned UCLA in the first quarter of the match at Spieker Aquatics Center. The NCAA title-holder took an early 2:0 lead, UCLA netted for 2:1, Until the end of the period, Stanford scored three goals in a row and jumped to 5:1. But, the UCLA team managed to come back. It netted four unanswered goals. Deep into the third period, the Bruins caught the rival (5:5, two minutes and 55 seconds before the last break).Stanford ended its scoreless period in the best moment, 50 seconds from the end of the third quarter. Mackenzie Fisher found the net for the third time in the match. Stanford went in front again (6:5). The Cardinal added two goals in the last period and recorded an 8:5 win.

This was Stanford’s 14th win this season (14 – 1 overall, 1 – 1 MPSF). UCLA lost to Stanford for the third consecutive time and went to 21 – 4 (2 – 2 MPSF).

Stanford scorers: Makenzie Fischer 3, Kat Klass 2, Madison Berggren, Katie Dudley, Jordan Raney
UCLA scorers: Maddie Mussleman 2, Alexis Angermund, Myna Simmons, Rachel Whitelegge

Stanford 8:5 UCLA
(5:1, 0:1, 2:3, 2:0)

 

Video source: Pac-12 Networks/YouTube

Trojans ended California’s winning streak

The USC Trojans achieved their 8th victory in a row, beating California, which had had a perfect record in the MPSF contest before this match (4 – 0).

The California Golden Bears opened the encounter with a 2:1 lead after the first period. In the second period, the Trojans, boosted by their goalkeeper Amanda Logan, who made 15 saves in the match, answered with three consecutive goals. The visiting side reduced the gap. At halftime, USC was 4:3 up. The hosts doubled their lead in the third period, entering the fourth quarter with a two-goal advantage (8:6). USC (18 – 1 overall, 2 – 0 MPSF) shut out California in the last eight minutes and rushed to an 11:6 victory.

USC’s Maud Meggens was the top scorer with four goals, Annika Jensen added three, Brianna Daboub and Hayley McKelvey two each. The scorers for California were: Emma Wright 2, Anna Illes 2, Kindred Paul, Sarah Siepker.

California (17 – 4, 4-1), which will be the host of the MPSF tournament (April 27 – 29), completed its conference schedule. The Bears are idle until April 21st when they will face UC Davis.

Next weekend, the Trojans will play at Stanford. The Cardinal is the only team which managed to beat USC this season. After the big derby, USC is going to travel to San Jose

USC 11:6 California
(1:2, 3:1, 4:3, 3:0)

 

Video source: USCAthletics/YouTube

RANKINGS

COLLEGIATE WATER POLO ASSOCIATION (APRIL 4)

1.(1) Stanford (MPSF) 98 points
2.(2) 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 28)

MOUNTAIN PACIFIC SPORTS FEDERATION (APRIL 9)

USC (2 – 0 MPSF, 18 – 1 overall)
California (4 – 1 MPSF, 17 – 4 overall)
Stanford (1 – 1 MPSF, 14 – 1 overall)
UCLA (2 – 2 MPSF, 21 – 4 overall)
San Jose State (0 – 2 MPSF, 9 – 14 overall)
Arizona State (0 – 3 MPSF, 14 – 7 overall)

Results MPSF Conference (April 3 – April 9): Stanford – UCLA (h) 8:5, USC (h) – California 11:6

h – host

BIG WEST (APRIL 9)

Hawai’i (3 – 0 BW, 18 – 4 overall)
UC Davis (2 – 1 BW, 17 – 8 overall)
Long Beach State (2 – 2 BW, 11 – 12 overall)
UC Irvine (2 – 2 BW, 9 – 13 overall)
UC Santa Barbara (1 – 2 BW, 14 – 11 overall)
CSUN (0 – 3 BW, 15 – 14 overall)

Results Big West Conference (April 3 – April 9): UC Santa Barbara (h) – CSUN 9:5, UC Davis (h) – UC Irvine 9:8, Hawai’i (h) – Long Beach State 12:6

h – host

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