MPSF Water Polo Results, Feb. 25

Makenzie Fischer, Stanford (Photo courtesy Stanford)
Makenzie Fischer, Stanford (Photo courtesy Stanford)
Feb. 25, 2018

Barbara Kalbus Invitational

at UC Irvine, Feb. 23-25

Barbara Kalbus Invitational Page

Stanford 9, USC 3 (Championship)

Recap by Stanford

IRVINE, Calif. - Julia Hermann made 13 saves, the Cardinal's defense held USC scoreless in the second half and top-ranked Stanford won the 2018 Barbara Kalbus Invitational by beating the No. 3 Trojans 9-3 on Sunday afternoon.

Stanford took home its fourth Barbara Kalbus Invitational title and first since 2011. The Cardinal, which also won it all in 2007 and 2009, is 40-8 all-time at the annual tournament, which began in 2007.

The Cardinal was in front 3-2 early in the second quarter before it reeled of four consecutive goals to grow its lead to 7-2. Madison Berggren scored her second of the afternoon when Kat Klass hit the lefty in the 6-on-5 with 5:04 until halftime.

Klass again orchestrated the offense for Stanford and found Cassidy Wiley less than a minute later for Wiley's seventh goal of the season. Aria Fischer took advantage after she drew an exclusion to put the Cardinal on the power play and rattled the cage at 3:21.

Makenzie Fischer scored with 23 seconds to go for Stanford and USC's Verica Bakoc finally stopped the run on the Trojans' next possession.

Bakoc's goal would be the final score for USC, which came into the tournament averaging 14.14 goals per game. The Trojans wouldn't score in the second half and Makenzie Fischer (4:07) and Jordan Raney (3:28) added some third-quarter insurance for the Cardinal.

Hermann stopped 13 of the 16 shots she faced (81.3 percent) and had the 11th double-digit save performance of her career and first this season. USC had 10 power play opportunities, but only converted once. The Cardinal was 3-of-4 in its 6-on-5 chances.

The margin of victory was Stanford's largest over USC since a 10-4 win on Feb. 25, 2007 in the semifinals of the same tournament.

The Cardinal are back in action at home next Sunday at 5 p.m. when it begins its MPSF schedule with a game against Cal televised on Pac-12 Networks.

UCLA 7, California 5 (3rd-Place)

Recap by UCLA

IRVINE, Calif. -- The No. 4 UCLA women's water polo team got off to a hot start in Saturday's Barbara Kalbus Invitational third-place game before holding on to defeat No. 2 California, 7-5. Maddie Musselman scored four goals for the Bruins, who improved to 15-2 heading into MPSF play.

The Bruins controlled the opening frame, jumping out to a 1-0 lead thanks to a first-possession goal by Brooke Maxson. Soon after, Maddie Musselman capitalized on a power play opportunity to increase the advantage to 2-0. Devin Grab continued the six-on-five success at 4:21, converting off a feed from Myna Simmons to give the Bruins three unanswered.

The second quarter was more of the same, as Musselman netted her second of the day on a penalty shot just under a minute into the frame. Lexi Liebowitz made it a 5-0 game at 5:02, giving the Bruins their largest lead of the game. An Emma Wright penalty shot jumpstarted the Golden Bear offense at 3:21, putting Cal on the board for the first time. Dora Antal would take advantage of a UCLA exclusion at 1:38, sending the game to the half with the Bruins leading by a 5-2 score.

Both teams were held scoreless for just over five minutes in the third quarter as each goalkeeper nixed shot after shot. Madison Tagg tallied six saves on the day for the Golden Bears, while Carlee Kapana totaled 13 for the Bruins. Carla Carrega finally got the Cal offense on track with a pair of six-on-five goals over the span of 1:23 to bring the Golden Bears within one. They would get no closer, though, as Musselman was successful on another penalty shot to complete her fifth hat trick of the year.

The sophomore from Corona del Mar, Calif. would add one more at 6:09 of the final stanza to make it an even four and stretch the Bruin lead back to three at 7-4. Anna Illes converted once more for the Golden Bears (1:14), but it was too little, too late.

Next up for UCLA is another date with Cal to begin conference play. The Bruins will pay a visit to Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley, Calif. to face the Golden Bears Saturday, March 10 at noon.

Hawaii 10, Arizona State 8 (5th-Place)

Recap by ASU

IRVINE, Calif. -- The No. 6 Sun Devil Water Polo wrapped up the Barbara Kalbus Invitational in Irvine Sunday morning, falling to No. 5 Hawaii,10-8, in the fifth-place game.

Arizona State (11-4) caps the Invitational with a 2-2 record, recording victories over No. 15 UC San Diego and tournament host No. 7 UC Irvine. The Sun Devils earned a sixth-place finish with the today's result at the 16 team tournament that featured each of the nation's Top-9 ranked teams in the CWPA poll.

In similar fashion to the first matchup with the Rainbow Wahine, the Sun Devils found themselves attempting to mount a second half comeback. Maud Koopman was outstanding for the ASU offense, recording her fifth hat trick of the season and third multi-goal game of the invitational. Also contributing offensively were Kayla Casas and Bente Rogge, who both put together multi-goal performances. Additionally, freshman Amira Van Buren scored her first career goal in the midst of the Sun Devil comeback.

The first eight minutes would be ruled by the defenses, as the game was tied at one through the first period. Kayla Casas got the ASU offense going with a goal just over a minute into the game, providing a 1-0 lead. Hawaii would remain scoreless in the period until they recorded a goal with five seconds left to even things at one.

Offense began to pick up in the second, as Maud Koopman scored a goal under a minute into the period to give the Sun Devils a 2-1 lead. Consecutive Hawaii goals were answered by Bente Rogge, as she continued her strong weekend by tying the game at three. Hawaii would score a late goal before halftime to take a 4-3 lead into the break.

After Hawaii controlled the third period, the Sun Devils found themselves in need of a rally in the fourth. That is when freshman Amira Van Buren stepped up and registered her first career goal to cut the Hawaii lead to 7-4. Bente Rogge would cut the lead back to three with her second goal of the game, coming with 5:46 left in the match. Not even a minute later, Kayla Casas tallied her second goal of the game to trim the lead to 8-6.

With the Hawaii lead back at three, Maud Koopman responded with a goal making it 9-7 Hawaii in front. She would later complete the hat trick on a penalty shot with 33 seconds left in the match, but the comeback would come up short as the Sun Devils fell to No. 5 Hawaii, 10-8.

Each of the Sun Devil's 11 wins have come against opponents currently ranked in the CWPA Top-25. All four Sun Devil losses have come against teams currently CWPA Top-5 competition by a total of six goals.

Up next, the Sun Devils will enjoy a weekend off spent preparing to host the annual ASU Invitational scheduled to take place March 10th-11th at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The Sun Devils take on No. 16 Indiana, No. 24 Fresno State, and 2017 NCAA Tournament participant Pomona-Pitzer. Stayed tuned as more information will be provided in the coming week. Visit our website for more updates and follow our social media accounts all season long for content.

Long Beach State 9, San Jose State 7 (OT) (13th-Place)

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