MPSF Water Polo Results, Feb. 4

Bente Rogge, ASU (Photo Courtesy ASU)
Bente Rogge, ASU (Photo Courtesy ASU)
Feb. 4, 2018

Stanford 11, California 9

Stanford 14, Long Beach State 2

Recap by Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. - Kat Klass scored nine times, including five in the championship, and the No. 1 Cardinal defended its home pool and won the 2018 Stanford Invitational on Sunday.

The Cardinal knocked off No. 10 Long Beach State, 14-2, in the final group-stage game and then distanced itself from second-ranked Cal and beat the Bears in the final, 11-9. Stanford upped its record to 97-7 at home since 2008 with the two victories and Stanford won its annual tournament at Avery Aquatic Center for the second consecutive year.

Klass' five-goal outing against Cal tied a career-high. She poured in five in the MPSF opener her freshman year against San Jose State on March 5, 2016, a 17-3 Stanford win.

No. 1 Stanford 14 - No. 10 Long Beach State 2

Stanford started the day cruising to a 14-2 victory over Long Beach State. The Cardinal scored the game's first nine goals, including four from Klass, in a dominant first half to open up its 9-0 lead at the break.

The junior scored at 5:15 in the opening period and then on a penalty at 4:44. Makenzie Fischer then rattled the cage on two consecutive possessions in the fifth minute to push the edge to 4-0.

Aria Fischer scored in the 6-on-5 to begin the second (6:52) and Katie Dudley added to the tally at 5:26 before Klass scored back-to-back for Stanford midway through the frame to make it 8-0 Cardinal. Madison Berggren scored at 1:22 to end the first-half onslaught.

Long Beach State finally ended the drought at 6:13 in the third when Julia Silverstri found the back of the cage, but Mackenzie Wiley answered for Stanford two minutes later to make it 10-1.

The fourth quarter was again all Stanford with Wiley (7:16), her sister Cassidy (2:37), Bella Baldridge (1:53) and Sophie Maguy (0:30) doing the damage.

Emalia Eichelberger made five stops in the cage and Katrina Sturm one

No. 1 Stanford 11 - No. 2 California 9

Stanford upped its win streak to four over its cross-bay rival with an 11-9 victory in the Stanford Invitational final when a back-and-forth affair opened up late in the third quarter and early in the fourth.

The Cardinal was up just one, 6-5, with 3:33 to go in the third before reeling off a 5-1 run to take control. Following Carla Carrega's goal for Cal to pull the Bears within one, Stanford went to work. Kat Klass (2:47) and Madison Berggren (1:45) made is 8-5 and it looked like Cal would have momentum heading into the final period when Emma Wright scored with 28 seconds left, but Klass found the back of the cage 17 seconds later to put the Cardinal on top 9-6.

Makenzie Fischer (7:33) and Shannon Cleary (4:26) pushed Stanford's advantage to 11-6 midway through the fourth and Cal tried to mount a rally, but it was too little, too late. The Golden Bears scored three times in the final 90 seconds to make the final 11-9.

Klass, who scored twice in the second and three times in the third, was responsible for five of Stanford's first nine goals. All five tallies came in even strength situations.

Cal took a 3-1 lead late in the first quarter before Makenzie Fischer pulled the Cardinal back within one when she scored with three seconds on the clock. Klass would tie thing up one minute into the second and took its first lead, 4-3, when Klass scored again with 1:51 to go until halftime.

After facing that early 3-1 deficit, Stanford's defense held Cal scoreless for the next 12 minutes and 29 seconds.

Julia Hermann made six saves in the cage for the Cardinal.

California 14, UC Davis 9

Recap by Cal

STANFORD -- A late comeback fell short in a showdown of the top two teams in the country Sunday, as the No. 2 Cal women's water polo team fell to No. 1 Stanford 11-9 in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational.

The Cardinal held an 11-6 lead midway through the fourth quarter when the Bears (9-1) came charging back with three goals in just over a minute of playing time. Senior Anna Illes, junior Sarah Siepker and senior Carla Carrega scored in succession to cut the deficit to two goals, but time eventually ran out on the Golden Bears.

Earlier in the day, Cal advanced to the championship game with a 14-9 victory over No. 11 UC Davis.

The Bears started strongly against the Cardinal, as freshman Kitty Lynn Joustra, Siepker and Carrega each scored to help Cal build a 3-1 advantage late in the first quarter. Stanford came back with five goals in a row to go in front, and the game stabilized until the fourth quarter. After the Cardinal went ahead 6-3, sophomore Emma Wright and Carrega registered back-to-back goals to trim the deficit to one. Another goal by Wright later cut Stanford's lead to 8-6, but the Cardinal scored three in a row to expand on the advantage.

The Aggies were able to stay within striking distance during much of the first half against Cal, but the Bears scored five of six goals during the second and third quarters to open up a 12-5 advantage. Joustra and senior Dora Antal each scored three goals to lead the attack against UC Davis.

Carrega and Joustra each were dominant offensively during the weekend tournament, scoring 11 and 10 goals in four games, respectively.

The Bears have a bye this week before returning to action Feb. 17 in another matchup at UC Davis. The Bears were hold their alumni game this Saturday at Noon at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Arizona State 12, UC San Diego 5

Recap by ASU

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The No. 5 Arizona State University water polo team wrapped up the ASU Cross Conference Challenge with a 12-5 victory over No. 16 UCSD Sunday afternoon at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.

With the victory, ASU moved to 3-1 at the Challenge and 6-1 overall on the season. All six of the victories for the Sun Devils this year have come over teams that were ranked in the CWPA Top-25 at the time. The 12 goals scored by the Sun Devils were the most UCSD had allowed all season.

"I think one of the things that was really great from the culmination of this tournament was there were so many teams that did a lot of driving." Coach Clapper stated. "It has been something that we have been really focused on and it has really gave us an opportunity to get better at that through the weekend"

Arizona State featured an extremely balanced attack, which has become a theme of the 2018 campaign. Four different Sun Devils put forth multi-goal performances, led by Maud Koopman who recorded her second consecutive hat trick. Mia Rycraw was reliable in net for the Sun Devils, tallying nine saves including making a few crucial saves with the game still in the balance early in the first half.

Kayla Casas would open the scoring for the Sun Devils, scoring a goal within the first minute of the game to provide the Sun Devils a lead, one they would not relinquish. Alkistis Benekou muscled a tough backhand shot through a defender and past the goalkeeper, continuing her strong start to the season.

Later in the period, Rosie Huck earned position in front of the net and cashed in on a great feed from Maud Koopman to make it a 3-1 ASU lead. Mia Rycraw would make a spectacular save right at the end of the period to maintain the momentum for the Sun Devils.

The ASU offense would take control of the game in the second quarter. After her hat trick in yesterday's contest against LMU, Koopman picked up where she left off, scoring a pair of goals in the quarter. Not to be outdone, fellow Netherlands native Bente Rogge added two goals of her own in the period, one of which was set up by Koopman. Lena Mihailovic would score before the half would expire to give ASU the 8-1 halftime lead.

It would be much of the same in the third period for the Sun Devils, as they continued to apply pressure on both sides of the ball to the Tritons. Despite possessing a comfortable lead, ASU came out of the halftime break aggressive. Alkistis Benekou would finish off a pass from P.J. Allin to open the scoring in the half for ASU. Shortly after, Maud Koopman would continue her unselfish performance, feeding Lena Mihailovic who would add her second goal of the game. Later in the period, Julia Reyes would display an impressive long-range shot, firing a rocket past the goalie to give ASU a 11-2 lead.

Goalie Belen Ehinger would relieve Mia Rycraw at the start of the fourth quarter with the Sun Devils comfortably leading 11-3 after the third period. She would go on to record two saves in the period. Maud Koopman would help the Sun Devils finish strong, tallying her third goal of the game to make the score 12-5. The score would stay that way, with UCSD going scoreless over the final 4:39 of the contest.

"Really pleased with how when we got a loss that was emotional we then came back and played great defense in the next two games and with a lot of intensity Coach Clapper remarked. "I am really happy with them, really proud of their bounce back. Over the whole tournament, we really got a chance to work on our individual defense and improved a lot."

Up next, the Sun travel to San Diego for the UCSD Triton Invitational taking place Feb. 10th-11th. The tournament will be determined by rank and will be scheduled accordingly. We will have details on the schedule once they are released. Follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts for updates and visit our website for more information.

Michigan 15, San Jose State 3

Recap by SJSU

Stanford, Calif.----- A disappointing weekend on the scoreboard came to a close for the San Jose State University women's water polo team with a 14-3 loss to #9-Michigan in its third match of the Stanford Invitational. Ranked #17 nationally in the Collegiate Water Polo Association weekly poll, the Spartans (2-6) fell behind early. San Jose State's first goal came at 4:59 of the second quarter after Michigan (7-5) had a 4-0 lead. Jordan Milich-Misikini scored her first of two for the Spartans. Michigan answered back with four more scores over the rest of the second and 6:13 of the third quarter for a commanding 8-1 advantage before Milich-Misikini scored again. Freshman Tyanna Supreme scored the only other Spartan goal that closed out the scoring in the match. Senior Tayler Peters was credited with 10 saves in goal for San Jose State Michigan's Heidi Ritner started in goal and made four saves. Cameron Cordial finished up and had one fourth-quarter save. "We are improving and it's good to see the improvement from game to game. We are creating a lot of excellent opportunities (on offense). The next step for our younger players is finishing those opportunities," said San Jose State women's water polo head coach Gabor Sarusi, whose team went 0-for-9 in power play chances against Michigan, but defended the Wolverines power play well allowing just one goal in five chances.

"Unfortunately, we couldn't convert on our 6-on-5. That was the difference maker (against Michigan)." The Spartans' fourth match and second half of the doubleheader was an 11-1 loss to the Chinese national team. Sheila Jensen scored the only goal for San Jose State in the second meeting between these teams. Three weeks earlier, China beat the Spartans, 15-4. On the first day of the Stanford Invitational, San José State lost to #2-California, 18-3, and #11-UC Davis, 12-8. "Everybody got a lot of playing time. Our young players had a chance to shine and show what they can do against good teams," Sarusi concluded. San Jose State is next in action at the 16-team Barbara Kalbus Invitational hosted by UC Irvine, February 23-25.