MPSF Water Polo Results, Feb. 23

Bente Rogge, ASU (Photo courtesy ASU)
Bente Rogge, ASU (Photo courtesy ASU)
Feb. 23, 2018

Barbara Kalbus Invitational

at UC Irvine, Feb. 23-25

Barbara Kalbus Invitational Page

Stanford 15, Long Beach State 3

Recap by Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. -- Madison Berggren and Aria Fischer had hat tricks and No. 1 Stanford used a big third quarter to beat No. 19 Long Beach State 15-3 on the first day of the Barbara Kalbus Invitational.

The Cardinal (8-0) will next play the winner of No. 8 Pacific and No. 9 Michigan tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.

Stanford was in front 7-2 at the half and put the game out of reach with an 8-0 third quarter. Hannah Shabb won the sprint and the Cardinal scored on its first possession when Makenzie Fischer found her sister Aria in front of the cage. Shabb nabbed a steal and then the elder Fischer again set up her teammate, this time junior Kat Klass, for a goal.

Jordan Raney hit the post in the 6-on-5 and the Long Beach State took a timeout to regroup, but when action resumed the Cardinal kept coming. A steal from Klass led to another goal for Aria Fischer and then Jordan Raney got on the board with 3:25 on the clock to make it 11-2.

Klass hit Makenzie Fischer for a goal at 2:28 and then Berggren went back-to-back at 2:03 and 1:23. To set up the second, the junior drew an exclusion and then scored on the power play.

Long Beach State's only shot of the period came with under 30 seconds remaining and was easily stopped by Julia Hermann. With three seconds until the horn, Sarah Klass scored for the fourth time this season off a feed from Mackenzie Wiley.

Mackenzie Wiley and Aria Fischer gave Stanford a 2-1 advantage after one and five second-quarter scores from Katie Dudley, Kat Klass, Makenzie Fischer, Shannon Cleary and Berggren made it 7-2. The 49ers got their third and final goal midway through the fourth quarter.

Julia Hermann played the first 29:20 in the cage and made seven saves. Katrina Sturm came on for the final 2:40 and made one stop.

California 17, CSUN 2

Recap by Cal

IRVINE -- The No. 2 Cal women's water polo team once again combined a suffocating defense with a relentless attack on offense and rolled to a 17-2 victory over No. 19 Cal State Northridge on Friday in the opening game of the Barbara Kalbus Invitational.

For the second straight game over a ranked opponent, the Bears (11-1) didn't allow a goal into well into the second half while methodically building a hefty lead. Cal led 15-0 before the Matadors finally scored a goal with 2:09 remaining in the game.

In last weekend's 16-1 victory over No. 10 UC Davis, the Bears held the Aggies scoreless until just under three minutes remained in the third period.

Nobody scored more than two goals for the Bears against the Matadors and Cal had 13 players score overall. Freshman Brigit Mulder scored her first career goal in the fourth quarter.

Dora Antal, Carla Carrega, Lauren Charter and Claire Sonne each scored two goals for the Bears.

Cal moves on to the quarterfinals of the Barbara Kalbus Invitational on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. against the winner of Friday's later game between No. 7 UC Irvine and No. 11 Loyola Marymount.

USC 17, San Jose State 1

Recap by USC

IRVINE, CALIF. -- The No. 3 USC women's water polo team rattled off the first 16 goals of the game to surge into the next round of group play at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational. The Trojans' 17-1 win over No. 18 San José State today in Irvine secured advancement in group play, with USC facing Arizona State tomorrow (Feb. 24) at 11:45 a.m. A win there would put the Trojans into a 5:15 p.m. semifinal match.

Today in Irvine, the Trojans unleashed an 8-0 effort in the first eight minutes of action. Denise Mammolito had a hat trick in place by the close of that first frame. In the second period, Courtney Fahey, Kelsey McIntosh and Annika Jensen all punched in the second goals of the day to help USC craft a 12-0 lead by halftime. In the third, USC's defense remained stalwart in silencing the Spartans through that next stretch. On the offensive end, Paige Hauschild struck back-to-back goals to build on a hat trick for herself as USC worked ahead 15-0 entering the fourth period. There, Elise Stein delivered her second goal of the game to make it 16-0 Trojans before SJSU finally broke through with a goal at 6:30 in the fourth. One last Trojan goal would round things out, as USC's senior goalie Victória Chamorro closed out another powerful defensive stand by the Trojans with seven saves to her name.


Recap by UCLA

IRVINE, Calif. - The No. 4 UCLA women's water polo team defeated No. 17 UC Santa Barbara, 13-3, in Group D play at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational Friday. The Bruins will face No. 5 Hawai'i at the Anteater Aquatics Complex Saturday at 9:15 a.m.

Four Bruins registered multi-goal performances Friday, with Maddie Musselman leading the way with her fourth hat trick of the season.

Lizette Rozeboom got scoring started 2:33 into the opening frame, giving the Bruins an early 1-0 lead. Exactly three minutes later Nicole Reynolds doubled the lead off the feed from Myna Simmons. Maddie Musselman took over the final two minutes of the opening frame scoring at 1:57 and 1:19 to extend the Bruin lead to a comfortable 4-0.

Despite the early deficit, the Gauchos kept themselves in the contest thanks to a pair of unanswered goals to start the second quarter. Musselman responded at 3:25 of the frame, however, to complete her hat trick and push the Bruin lead to 5-2. Roxy Wheaton added her fifth goal of the season at 1:09 to make it a 6-2 UCLA lead heading to the half.

The second half started much like the first, with goals by Rozeboom (4:59) and Reynolds (4:02). Bronte Halligan got into the action at 3:15 to take the Bruin lead to 9-2 with the final stanza to play. Carlee Kapana shut out the Gauchos for the second quarter before giving way to Hannah Storum. Kapana tallied five saves in her three quarters of play.

Simmons scored the first goal of her career just under a minute into the fourth as the Bruins hit double digits. Emily Skelly followed at 6:20, just before Natalie Selin completed UCSB's scoring output with her second of the game (5:44). Grace Reego got on the board just past the midway point on another assist by Simmons, while Skelly's 13th of the season also went for the 13th and final of the game.

Saturday's Top-5 showdown with Hawai'i will represent the first of two games on the day for the Bruins. Opponent and time of the second are dependent on the outcome of the morning contest.

Arizona State 9, UC San Diego 3

Recap by ASU

IRVINE, Calif. - Coming off a third-place finish at the UCSD Triton Invitational, the No. 6 Sun Devil Water Polo team defeated No. 15 UC San Diego, 9-3, in their first match of the 2018 Barbara Kalbus Invitational.

With the victory, the Sun Devils will advance to face No. 3 USC (8-0) in winner's bracket competition with a spot in the Invitational semifinals on the line. The Sun Devils picked up their 10 win over a CWPA Top-25 team while moving to 7-1 in neutral matches on the season.

The Sun Devils (10-2) put forth a tremendous defense effort, holding the Tritons to three goals which matches the least amount of goals allowed by the team this season. Goalie Mia Rycraw was brilliant all afternoon, as the MPSF's leader in saves (88) added 13 more to her total thanks to the dominating outing.

Six different Sun Devils entered the scoring column, led by Bente Rogge who finished the match with a hat trick. She now has eight multi-goal performances on the season. Maud Koopman contributed a pair of goals to push her season multi-goal games total to eight, which is now tied with Alkistis Benekou for the team lead.

With offense coming at a premium early, Arizona State was looking for a spark to establish some attacking momentum. Bente Rogge stepped up early in the game and provided the Sun Devils a crucial scoring punch. The sophomore scored two of her three goals in the first period, helping ASU build a 3-2 lead at the end of the first period.

The Sun Devils would strike first in the second period, this time courtesy of Lena Mihailovic. She beat the goalie with 4:35 left before the half, giving her at least one goal in eight of the nine games she has played this season. Later in the period, Julia Reyes whipped one pass the goaltender to extend the lead to 5-2. Continuing her outstanding performance, Bente Rogge tallied her third goal of the game to give ASU a 6-2 lead. Rogge registered her second hat trick of the season and fourth consecutive multi-goal performance.

Arizona State's defense, headed by Mia Rycraw, would control the rest of the second period. From the 4:14 mark in the first period to the 7:00 minute mark of the fourth quarter, the Sun Devils would hold the Tritons scoreless. During that span, the Sun Devils scored five unanswered goals to take a commanding 7-2 lead.

Part of the run included a pair of goals for Maud Koopman, who now has a goal in eight of her last nine games. Rycraw continued to play outstanding in net, frustrating the Triton attack on several occasions with highlight reel saves. Freshman Meghan Beaudet got in on the scoring action with a fourth period goal, helping the Sun Devils defeat the Tritons by a score of 9-3.

Up next, the Sun Devils advance to the winner's bracket of the Barbara Kalbus Invitational. On Saturday at 12:45 P.M. MST, ASU will take on No. 3 USC with a spot in the Invitational semifinals on the line. No. 3 USC won their opening round match at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational, 17-1, over No. 18 San Jose State. Follow our social media accounts for updates and visit our website for more information.