No. 1 Stanford Wins BKI, Hosts Cal in MPSF Opener

Julia Hermann, Stanford (Photo courtesy Stanford).
Julia Hermann, Stanford (Photo courtesy Stanford).
Feb. 27, 2018

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Stanford senior goalkeeper Julia Hermann (Solana Beach, CA/Torrey Pines HS) allowed just nine goals with 34 saves (.791) across four wins at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational to lead the top ranked Cardinal to the title. Hermann surrendered only six combined goals to No. 4 UCLA (W, 10-3) and No. 3 USC (W, 9-3) in the semifinals and finals. In the final against the Trojans, Hermann held USC scoreless in the second half and only allowed one goal over the final 22:34 as part of her 13-save performance. The Bruins and Trojans combined to go 1-for-17 on the power play and Hermann stopped 77.8 percent of the shots she faced in those two games (21-of 27). She had a 3.00 goals-against average for the tournament. This is the second career MPSF Player of the Week honor for Hermann (Feb. 23, 2016). Others Nominated: Annika Jensen (USC); Maddie Musselman (UCLA); Mia Rycraw (ASU)...


Stanford freshman Aria Fischer (Laguna Beach, CA/Laguna Beach HS) shared a team-high nine goals across four wins at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational (Feb. 23-25). She collected hat tricks in wins over No. 19 Long Beach State (15-3) and No. 8 Pacific (13-6), scored twice in a 10-3 semifinal victory against No. 4 UCLA and added another in the 9-3 final win over No. 3 USC. Fischer has scored in each of Stanford's 11 game this season and is averaging 1.82 goals per game (20 total). This is the second MPSF Newcomer award for Fischer (Jan. 30). Others Nominated: Paige Hauschild (USC); Myna Simmons (UCLA)...


NO. 1 STANFORD (0-0 MPSF, 11-0 Overall) swept through the Barbara Kalbus Invitational (Feb. 23-25) en route to the tournament title, with decisive wins over No. 19 Long Beach State 15-3, No. 8 Pacific 13-6, No. 4 UCLA 10-3 in the semifinal, and No. 3 USC 9-3 in the championship game. Julia Hermann tallied 13 saves in the finals, allowing just three goals (none in the second half) for an .813 save percentage. She and the Cardinal defense also held USC and UCLA to a combined 1-for-17 on the power play. Hermann stopped 77.8 percent of the shots she faced in the final two games (21-of-27), and posted a 3.00 goals-against average for the tournament. Aria Fischer scored nine goals across the four wins, and has scored in all 11 games to begin her collegiate career. Stanford opens its MPSF schedule Sunday (Mar. 4) at home against rival California at 5:00 pm on Pac-12 Networks.

NO. 3 USC (0-0 MPSF, 10-1 Overall) reached the title game of the Barbara Kalbus Invitational, Feb. 23-25, with wins over No. 18 San Jose State 17-1, No. 6 Arizona State 8-6, and No. 2 California 6-5 in the semifinal. Amanda Longan recorded a 2018 MPSF-High 18 saves, while allowing just five vs. Cal (.783). Annika Jensen socred a hat trick in that win, including the game-winner with 18 seconds left in regulation, as well as three goals in the win over ASU. Paige Hauschild and Denise Mammolito recorded game-highs of three goals each vs. SJSU. Hauschild went on for a seven-goal tournament. Following a bye week, USC hosts UC Irvine (Mar. 7) and Hawaii (Mar. 8) in its next games.

NO. 4 UCLA (0-0 MPSF, 16-2 Overall) Maddie Musselman scored four of the Bruins' seven goals while Carlee Kapana collected 13 saves in the third-place Barbara Kalbus Invite win over No. 2 California, 7-5. No. 4 UCLA also defeated No. 17 UCSB 13-3 and No. 5 Hawaii 9-8 at UCI. Musselman had a three-assist, three-steal game against UH. UCLA is off until March 10, when it faces California again, this time in an MPSF

NO. 2 CALIFORNIA (0-0 MPSF, 12-3 Overall) won its first two games in the Barbara Kalbus Invitational (Feb. 2325), en route to a fourth-place finish. The Bears took down CSUN 17-2 and the host No. 7 UCI, 10-6. Carla Carrega totaled eight goals through the weekend. Dora Antal added five, elevating her career total to 229, tying Stanford's Maggie Steffens (2013-17) for 20th all-time in the MPSF. Antal is 16 goals from the MPSF's all-time top-10. Cal opens its MPSF schedule at top-ranked Stanford Sunday (Mar. 4).

NO. 6 ARIZONA STATE (0-0 MPSF, 11-4 Overall) split its four games at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational (Feb. 2325), defeating No. 15 UC San Diego 9-3 and the host No. 7 UC Irvine, 9-6, and finished sixth. MPSF Saves leader Mia Rycraw collected double-digit saves in three of her four games, totaling 39 for the weekend. She had 13 vs. UCSD, allowing just three goals (.813)..Rycraw added a 10-save game in the win over UCI, and 12 saves vs. USC. Bente Rogge had a hat trick in the win over UCSD. The Sun Devils are off this week, and next compete at home against Indiana, Fresno State, and PomonaPitzer (Mar. 10-11).

NO. 18 SAN JOSE STATE (0-0 MPSF, 3-9 Overall) picked up an 8-7 win over No. 19 CSUN at UC Irvine's Barbara Kalbus Invitational, as Sheila Jensen recorded a hat trick. Lili Urvari also had a three-goal game in the 13th-place 9-7 overtime loss to No. 19 Long Beach State. The Spartans have four games this weekend as they travel to Harvard (Mar. 3-4). They face Brown, Harvard, Princeton, and Wagner. The contest against the host Crimson can be seen on ESPN3, Saturday at 11:30 am (PT).