No. 1 Stanford Wins Invitational, Stays Unbeaten

Kat Klass, Stanford (Photo courtesy Stanford)
Kat Klass, Stanford (Photo courtesy Stanford)
Feb. 6, 2018

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Stanford junior Kat Klass (Danville, CA/San Ramon Valley HS) powered the top-ranked Cardinal to the 2018 Stanford Invitational championship with 10 goals in three games (Feb. 3-4). She tied a career-high five goals in the final against No. 2 Cal, which Stanford won 11-9. Klass scored a pair in the second quarter to push the Cardinal ahead 4-3, a lead it would not relinquish. She rattled the cage three times in the third quarter as Stanford took control and went up three, and contributed two field blocks against the Bears as part of her four during the tournament. Klass ripped in four goals in a 14-2 victory over No. 10 Long Beach State earlier in the day, and scored once in a 16-4 victory over No. 8 Pacific on day one. This is the fifth career MPSF weekly honor for Klass, previously earning four newcomer awards as a freshman in 2016. Others Nominated: Carla Carrega (CAL); Maud Koopman (ASU)…


California freshman Kitty Lynn Joustra (Pumerland, Netherlands) tallied 10 goals, seven earned exclusions, two assists, one block and one steal as the Bears went 3-1 against four ranked opponents at the Stanford Invitational (Feb. 3-4). She scored four goals on four shots with two earned exclusions in a win over No. 9 Michigan and added three goals in a win over No. 11 UC Davis. She also scored twice vs. No. 17 San Jose State and had a goal and two earned exclusions in the title game against No. 1 Stanford. This is the first career MPSF honor for Joustra. Others Nominated: Aria Fischer (STAN)……


NO. 1 STANFORD (0-0 MPSF, 7-0 Overall) stayed unbeaten by sweeping through its own Stanford Invitational. The Cardinal routed No. 8 Pacific 16-4 and No. 10 Long Beach State 14-2, before holding off No. 2 California, 11-9 in the first-place game. Kat Klass recorded five goals in the finals, and ended up with 10 across the three wins, along with four field blocks. Katie Dudley tied her career-high of five goals against Pacific, all achieved in the first half. Julia Hermann stopped nine shots in that win. Stanford is off until Feb. 23, when competing in UC Irvine’s Barbara Kalbus Invitational.

NO. 2 CALIFORNIA (0-0 MPSF, 9-1 Overall) Dora Antal scored a hat trick in an 18-3 win over No. 17 San Jose State to open the Stanford Invitational (Feb. 3), and thus became the all-time leading scorer in program history. She broke Emily Csikos’ (2009-13) previous record of 216 on her first goal of that game, and proceeded for five more in the invitational for a career total of 222, which is also tied for 22nd all-time in the MPSF. The Bears also edged No. 9 Michigan 11-10, and No. 11 UC Davis, 14-9, while at Stanford. Carla Carrega delivered five of the 11 Cal goals vs. Michigan, and finished the weekend with 11 total. Kitty Lynn Joustra tallied 10 goals and seven earned exclusions over the 3-1 weekend. Cal is off until Feb. 17 when visiting UC Davis.

NO. 5 ARIZONA STATE (0-0 MPSF, 6-1 Overall) won three of four home games last weekend (Feb. 2-4), defeating No. 20 Princeton 14-9, No. 21 Loyola Marymount 11-3, and No. 16 UC San Diego, 12-5. Maud Koopman accumulated 11 goals, scoring a hat trick in three games, including a three-for-five shooting effort with three assists and two steals vs. UCSD. Mia Rycraw had 10 saves, while allowing just three goals (.769) vs. LMU, and saved nine of 12 shots (.750) vs. UCSD. The Sun Devils travel to the UC San Diego Invitational this weekend, first meeting CSU East Bay Saturday.

NO. 17 SAN JOSE STATE (0-0 MPSF, 2-6 Overall) dropped three games at last weekend’s Stanford Invitational (Feb. 3-4) to California, Michigan, and UC Davis. Guara Garcia Delgado poured in a hat trick in the 12-8 loss to UCD. The Spartans are off until Feb. 23, when competing in UC Irvine’s Barbara Kalbus Invitational.

NO. 4 UCLA (0-0 MPSF, 9-0 Overall) was off last week, and competes in the UCSD Invitational this weekend (Feb. 10-11) where it first meets Iona. The Bruins wrapped up an undefeated January in year one of the Adam Wright era, sweeping through the Michigan Invitational (Jan. 27-28). UCLA defeated No. 24 Marist 18-8, No. 8 Michigan 9-5, No. 20 Wagner 14-7, and No. 9 Pacific, 10-4. Emily Skelly tied the MPSF season-high six goals against Marist. Maddie Musselman scored a hat trick vs. the Tigers, and is up to 16 goals on the year after putting away nine in the invitational. Lexi Liebowitz accumulated three goals, two assists, two earned exclusions, three steals and three field blocks in the four wins.

NO. 3 USC (0-0 MPSF, 3-0 Overall) was off last week, and first meets Sonoma State at the UCSD Invitational this weekend (Feb. 10-11). USC won a doubleheader in Riverside last in action (Jan. 27), blanking the host Cal Baptist 20-0, followed by a 21-3 rout of Pomona-Pitzer. With the shutout of the Lancers and a first half blanking of Pomona, the Trojans went over 80 minutes without allowing a goal to start the season (factoring in the first win over LMU). Brianna Daboub recorded a career-high five goals against Pomona, while Kelsey McIntosh tied her career-best four goals. Amanda Longan stopped 12 shots in game one, becoming the first Trojan all-time to post consecutive shutouts. Paige Hauschild and Elise Stein scored four times.