MPSF Water Polo Results, Feb. 3

Dora Antal, California (Photo Courtesy Catharyn Hayne)
Dora Antal, California (Photo Courtesy Catharyn Hayne)
Feb. 3, 2018

California 11, Michigan 10

California 18, San Jose State 3

Recap by Cal

STANFORD – Senior Dora Antal became Cal's all-time leading scorer and the No. 2 Bears erupted for nine consecutive goals to break it open in an 18-3 victory over No. 17 San Jose State on Saturday on the first day of the Stanford Invitational.

The Bears came back to edge No. 9 Michigan 11-10 later in the day.

Antal scored a goal with 4:38 left in the first quarter to break a tie with previous all-time leader Emily Csikos and giver her 217 career goals. Antal added two more and now has 219 in her career.

"It's hard to handle mentally," Antal said.. "Your teammates and everyone around you wants you to score. Today I just came out and just wanted to have a fun game and just play my own game. I didn't want to think about it."

Antal tied Cikos' record at last weekend's Cal Cup by scoring 15 goals in three games. She had multiple attempts to break the record in the final game of the tournament against Fresno State but couldn't score.

"It's pretty cool, but I feel like I couldn't accomplish this without my teammates, without my staff members and all of the people who are working behind us," Antal said. I" feel like it's not only my accomplishment, it's the whole team's accomplishment."

Csikos, now Emily Kowalsky, sent Antal a congratulatory e-mail after the game.

"I think it's incredibly exciting and I am very happy for her and the rest of the team," Kowalsky said. "Hopefully, I will be able to congratulate her in person one day."

Senior Anna Illes, sophomores Hannah DeRose and Jackie Sanders and freshman Kitty Lynn Joustra each added a pair of goals against the Spartans.

Senior Carla Carrega erupted for five goals in the second half, including the Bears' final four goals, to help Cal (8-0) hold off a late charge by the Wolverines. Joustra added four more goals and sophomore Emma Wright scored two.

Michigan took an early 3-1 lead but the Bears came back to tie the game at 5-5 at the half. Joustra and Carrega scored the first two goals of the third period to help Cal go out in front. After the Wolverines got to within 9-8, Carrega scored back-to-back goals to push the lead back to three. Michigan scored two late goals, the last coming with 43 seconds left, but couldn't register the equalizer.

The Bears are back in action at the Stanford Invitational on Sunday morning against No. 11 UC Davis. Cal will advance to the tournament championship game with a win over the Aggies.

Stanford 16, Pacific 4

Recap by Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. – Katie Dudley tied a career-high with five goals and the No. 1 Cardinal rolled to a 16-4 win over No. 8 Pacific on the first day of the Stanford Invitational. Dudley did all of her damage in the first two quarters and Stanford (5-0) erupted for 11 first-half goals to go up by eight at intermission, 11-3. The senior’s five-goal outburst matched her total from a game at UC Santa Barbara during her sophomore season on March 22, 2016. Dudley scored the game’s first two goals within the opening minute before Pacific got on the board when Brooke Contreras rattled the cage at 6:47. Shannon Cleary pushed the lead to 3-1 at 3:54 and the Tigers’ Rachel Krieger again pulled them back within a score with just over a minute remaining in the opening period before the Cardinal kicked into high gear. Up 3-2 late in the first, Stanford would go on an eight-goal run and hold Pacific scoreless for seven minutes and 57 seconds to take control. Aria Fischer started the spurt with a score at the 46-second mark of the first quarter. As she did in the first, Dudley got Stanford going in the second, connecting for the Cardinal’s first three goals of the frame. She slipped the ball past Alexis Hollinrake at 7:44 and 6:09 and then converted in the 6-on-5 one minute later. Madison Berggren put home the next two for Stanford (4:47 and 4:02) and then it was Makenzie Fischer’s turn. Fischer rattled the cage with 3:23 and 2:27 on the clock to make it 11-2 Cardinal. Pacific’s Kamryn Lucero put an end to the run when she scored with 1:12 remaining in the half. Shannon Cleary (4:57) and Hannah Shabb (1:46) extended Stanford’s advantage to 10 with a pair of third-quarter goals until UOP found its final score of the game late in the period from Kennedy Watson (1:25). Cassy Wiley (6:46), Kat Klass (5:12) and Bella Baldridge (2:54) put three more up for Stanford in the fourth and the Cardinal won its fifth consecutive game by double digits to start the season. Julia Hermann made nine saves in the first three quarters. Emalia Eichelberger came on in the fourth and made one stop. Stanford, which fell 11-9 in an exhibition with China early Saturday morning, continues its tournament tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. against No. 10 Long Beach State and will play and yet-to-be determined opponent in the afternoon.

Arizona State 11, Loyola Marymount 3

Hawaii 10, Arizona State 9

Recap by ASU

TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 5 Arizona State University water polo team took the lead early and never looked back as they knocked off No. 21 Loyola Marymount 11-3 to wrap up the second day at the ASU Cross Conference Challenge. Arizona State (5-1) featured a balanced attack all game, where the team saw seven different players get into the scorebook. Junior attacker Maud Koopman led the Sun Devils in the scoring column as she recorded a hat trick, while also tallying an assists Lena Mihailovic and PJ Allin added two goals apiece, while Julia Reyes, Alkistis Benekou, Kayla Casas and Rosie Huck rounded out the scoring. Koopman's hat trick marked her third consecutive multi-goal game and fourth of the season, second to Benekou who leads the team with five. Mihailovic started things off quickly, as she found the net to give the Sun Devils the lead early in the first. She wouldn't be done there, as she put pressure on the Lions defense all game. Allin would follow with a goal of her own, taking a 2-0 lead into the second frame. The Sun Devils found some separation in the second period, going on a quick 3-0 run before LMU scored their first goal of the match. ASU would finish the period with five goals, with all five coming off the arms of a different attacker. Loyola Marymount battled all match but never seemed to find their groove, as the Sun Devil defense would hold them to their third-lowest scoring total of the season. Those three goals allowed by ASU tied the season mark for goals allowed on the year. "I was really pleased with the performance." Coach Clapper remarked. "I thought that this was one of our better defensive games. Michigan and this game have been our two best defensive efforts of the season so far." Goalie Mia Rycraw displayed her dominance early in the match, as she held the Lions to only one goal in the first half. She would complete the match for the Sun Devils allowing just three goals, to go along with 10 saves and two steals. The Sun Devils controlled the tempo in the second half, leading the Lions 4-2. In the two games played on Saturday, ASU outscored their opponent 9-3 in the second half. "For four quarters they played great. Coach Clapper added. "They were working for each other on offense and defense. They were communicating much better then we communicated earlier in the day in that first half." The Sun Devils return to action tomorrow as they compete in their last match at the ASU Cross Conference Challenge when they take on No. 16 UC San Diego at 11:30 a.m. MST. The Challenge returns to Mona Plummer Aquatic Center tomorrow, where you can find updates our Facebook or Twitter accounts or live stats via thefosh.net.

TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 5 Arizona State women's water polo team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday as the Sun Devils fell to No. 6 Hawaii, 10-9, in their second game of the ASU Cross Conference Challenge. The Sun Devils (4-1) were led by Kayla Casas, Alkistis Benekou and Maud Koopman, who all scored two goals apiece. Goalkeeper Mia Rycraw posted seven saves and a steal on the day as well, while P.J. Allin added three assists and Bente Rogge dished out two. ASU struggled to find a rhythm in the first half, facing a 9-4 deficit heading into the halftime. The Sun Devils came out strong in the third period and nearly pulled off an incredible comeback, outscoring Hawaii 5-1 in the second half. Koopman proved to be the spark for the Sun Devils after halftime, scoring both of her goals in the third period. Both goals were unassisted, the second of which cut Hawaii's lead to 10-6. Later in the period, Benekou found the back of the net with 48 seconds remaining in the third period for her second goal of the match, cutting ASU's deficit down to three goals. Benekou has recorded a multi-goal outing in all five games this season, boasting a team-high 14 goals in the 2018 campaign. It took Arizona State just over three minutes into the fourth period to score again, a goal by Allin that came off Rogge's second assist of the contest. Lena Mihailovic netted the Sun Devils' final goal of the game with 13 seconds remaining. On the subsequent possession, Hawaii ran out the rest of clock to take home the victory. ASU would hold the Rainbow Wahine scoreless over the final 10:53 of the game. Arizona State is now 1-1 during the ASU Cross Conference Challenge. The Sun Devils will look to bounce back in their second game of the day, when they face off against No. 21 Loyola Marymount this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The match, along with the rest of Saturday's matches, will take place at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex. Follow along on our Twitter and Facebook accounts or live stats via thefosh.net.

Friday, Feb. 2

Arizona State 14, Princeton 9

Recap by ASU

TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 5 Arizona State women's water polo team took down No. 20 Princeton, 14-9, on Friday in the Sun Devils' home opener and the first game of the ASU Cross Conference Challenge. Arizona State (4-0) netted a season-high 14 goals on the day to secure the victory over the Tigers (0-1). Four Sun Devils recorded a multi-goal performance on the day, led by sophomore Bente Rogge, who scored a game-high four goals on only six shots. In addition, senior Alkistis Benekou and junior Maud Koopman each recorded hat tricks, while senior attacker Lena Mihailovic posted two goals in her first action this season. It took Benekou just over a minute into the first quarter to open up the scoring for the Sun Devils on the day, continuing her impressive start to the 2018 campaign. Benekou now boasts a team-high 12 goals on the season after her three-goal performance, posting a multi-goal outing in all four games of the season. Princeton responded after Benekou's goal in the first quarter with two goals of its own, taking a 2-1 lead over the Sun Devils. ASU would not trail for long, thanks to Rogge and Koopman then netting consecutive goals to give ASU a 3-2 lead. Princeton struck first offensively in the second quarter, scoring the first goal of the period to tie the game at 3-3. "The first quarter and a half we weren't playing well together," said ASU head coach Todd Clapper. "We were playing OK and had some bright moments, but weren't really playing the way we expected ourselves to play." After Princeton's first goal in the second period, the Sun Devils finally found their footing, netting consecutive goals by the stars of the game, Benekou and Rogge, to take a 5-3 lead. "In the middle two quarters, we really controlled the game like we should," Clapper said. Benekou and Rogge were not done there, each adding a goal before the half ended. Maud Koopman scored with just under two minutes to go to give the Sun Devils a 8-4 lead heading into the break. The Sun Devils came out firing after halftime, posting five unanswered goals in the third period. After Princeton scored first in the third period, Mihailovic responded with a goal of her own to start the string of unanswered goals. Rogge and Koopman then scored consecutive unassisted goals, followed by a score from P.J. Allin. Kayla Casas joined in on the scoring action as well — as she netted a goal with 2:03 remaining in the third to give ASU a 13-5 lead. Mihailovic placed a shot in the back of the net in the fourth quarter for her second goal of the game, and ASU's only goal of a low-scoring fourth quarter. "They are still growing, but I'm really happy with what they did," Clapper said of his squad. "Considering everything they did, they did a really good job. I'm pleased with the result and what we were able to accomplish."