MPSF Headed to UCI's Barbara Kalbus Invitational

Maddie Musselman, UCLA (Photo courtesy UCLA)
Maddie Musselman, UCLA (Photo courtesy UCLA)
Feb. 20, 2018

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MADDIE MUSSELMAN OF UCLA MPSF/KAP7 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

UCLA sophomore Maddie Musselman (Newport Beach, CA/Corona Del Mar HS) posted her third hat trick of the season, completing the trifecta in game-winning fashion at No. 7 UC Irvine (Feb. 16). With 1:42 to go in the second overtime period, she gave the Bruins an 8-7 lead they would not relinquish. She also racked up two steals, three winning sprints, and a career-high five earned exclusions. This is the second career MPSF Player of the Week honor for Musselman, though she earned a conference record seven newcomer awards as a freshman in 2017. Others Nominated: Emma Wright (CAL)…

ELLI PROTOPAPAS OF CALIFORNIA MPSF/KAP7 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK

California freshman Elli Protopapas (Athens, Greece/German School of Athens) scored three goals on 3-for-3 shooting as the No. 2 Bears routed No. 10 UC Davis on the road, 16-1 (Feb. 17). She also had a field block. This is the second MPSF Newcomer award for Protopapas (Jan. 23)…

MPSF COMPETES IN UC IRVINE’S BARBARA KALBUS INVITATIONAL

NO. 2 CALIFORNIA (0-0 MPSF, 10-1 Overall) raced out to a 9-0 lead by late third quarter at No. 10 UC Davis, en route to a 16-1 win last Saturday (Feb. 17). It was the lowest score by a Cal opponent since the Golden Bears opened the 2015 season with a 25-1 victory over Fresno Pacific, and the fewest goals a nationally ranked opponent had scored against Cal since an 8-1 win over No. 18 Indiana in 2009. The Bears also hadn't held a top-10 opponent to that low of a goal total since they defeated No. 6 Hawaii 9-1 in 2001. Emma Wright poured in four goals at UCD, while Elli Protopapas and Hannah DeRose added a hat trick apiece. Madison Tagg collected nine saves in three quarters of action. Cal plays CSUN in its first of four games at UC Irvine’s Barbara Kalbus Invitational (Feb. 23-25).

NO. 4 UCLA (0-0 MPSF, 13-1 Overall) Maddie Musselman put away the last of her three goals as the game-winner with 1:42 left in the second overtime session at UC Irvine in an 8-7 win (Feb.16). Lizette Rozeboom also scored a hat trick. Musselman also earned a career-high five exclusions drawn. Carlee Kapana totaled 13 saves in the win. UCLA plays UCSB in the first of four games in Irvine this weekend.

NO. 3 USC (0-0 MPSF, 7-0 Overall) was off last week, after defeating Sonoma State 13-1, No. 18 San Diego State 14-2, No. 7 UC Irvine 7-5, and No. 4 UCLA 6-4 for its fifth-straight UC San Diego Invitational Championship (Feb. 10-11). The Trojans never trailed in the title game against the Bruins. MPSF scoring leader Paige Hauschild (2.86 GPG) accumulated 12 goals across the four wins, four each on the first day, and two each in the semifinal and final. She also won all eight of her opening sprints on day two. Victoria Chamorro had 27 saves in two outings, 14 vs. Sonoma and 13 vs. UCI. Amanda Longan totaled 23 saves, allowing just five goals in two games against UCLA and SDSU. She owns an MPSF-best 1.50 goals-against average. USC competes at UC Irvine’s Barbara Kalbus Invitational, Feb. 23-25, first playing San Jose State.

NO. 6 ARIZONA STATE (0-0 MPSF, 9-2 Overall) was off last week, after winning the third-place game at the UCSD Invite, 8-7 over No. 7 UC Irvine (Feb. 11). The Sun Devils also knocked off CSU East Bay 11-5 and No. 10 UC Davis, 14-5. Bente Rogge accumulated seven goals and three assists over the 3-1 weekend. Mia Rycraw had nine saves and three steals in the third-place win. Julia Reyes recorded her first career hat trick vs. UCD, while Maud Koopman also had three goals in that win. Arizona State is next in action at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational (Feb. 23-25), first taking on UC San Diego.

NO. 1 STANFORD (0-0 MPSF, 7-0 Overall) competes in UC Irvine’s Barbara Kalbus Invitational, opening with Long Beach State. The Cardinal stayed unbeaten by sweeping through its own Stanford Invitational (Feb. 3-4), routing 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.

NO. 18 SAN JOSE STATE (0-0 MPSF, 2-6 Overall) competes in UC Irvine’s Barbara Kalbus Invitational, first meeting USC. Last in action, the Spartans dropped three games at the 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.