March 14, 2017
MPSF Women's Water Polo Release 9
STANFORD (1-0 MPSF, 14-1 Overall) won its MPSF opener on the road at Arizona State this past Saturday (Mar. 11), 9-3. Maggie Steffens put away three goals in that win, and three more across two other wins in Tempe against Marist (19-1) and La Verne (21-3). She became the fifth player in Stanford history to reach 200 career goals, and is one of 42 players all-time in the MPSF to be in the elite club. Makenzie Fischer scored three of her five goals in the conference win. The Cardinal is off this week, next in action when CSU Bakersfield visits on Mar. 25.
UCLA (2-0 MPSF, 13-1 Overall) defeated CSU Bakersfield this past Saturday (Mar. 11), 17-5 in a conference home game. Rachel Fattal became the fourth Bruin and one of 42 players all-time in the MPSF to reach 200 career goals after recording a hat trick. Maddie Musselman had a hand in five Bruin goals, scoring four and assisting on another. The Bruins host California in MPSF action Saturday (Mar. 18) at 11:30 am on Pac-12 Networks. UCLA edged Cal, 12-11, for third-place at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational (Feb. 26).
CSU BAKERSFIELD (0-3 MPSF, 11-10 Overall) won three of four this past week, defeating Azusa Pacific 12-7 (Mar. 8), before taking a doubleheader at the San Diego State Invitational over Wagner 9-8, and Chapman, 21-6 (Mar. 12). The 21 goals against Chapman were the most in a game for the Roadrunners in 10 years. Nicola Barrett accumulated nine goals over the four games, including three each vs. Wagner and Chapman. CSUB hosts Arizona State Saturday (Mar. 18) in an MPSF game, along with CSU East Bay and Princeton during the weekend.
ARIZONA STATE (0-1 MPSF, 14-4 Overall) defeated Marist 16-5 and La Verne 17-3 in its own ASU Invitational. Alkistis Benekou put away six of her eight weekend goals in the second half against La Verne, giving her 31 on the year. The Sun Devils travel to CSU Bakersfield for a Saturday (Mar. 18) MPSF game. While there, ASU also faces CSU East Bay and Princeton.
CALIFORNIA (1-0 MPSF, 13-3 Overall) doubled up on Harvard, 14-7 at home (Mar. 11). Dora Antal put away three goals, while dishing four assists and grabbing four steals. Anna Illes added three goals. Madeline Trabucco picked up eight saves in just the first-half of playing time. With their non-conference schedule complete, the Bears travel to UCLA Saturday (Mar. 18) in MPSF action.
SAN JOSE STATE (0-1 MPSF, 8-13 Overall) Carla Toha Vilanova accumulated eight goals as the Spartans split four games at the San Diego State Invitational. SJSU wins came against Whittier, 9-7, and Indiana, 4-3. Toha Villanova is the Spartan scoring leader with 32 goals. The Spartans host Harvard Friday (Mar. 17) at West Valley College. They return to MPSF action March 25 at USC.
USC (1-0 MPSF, 19-0 Overall) has matched the national win streak record, taking its 46th straight game with a 14-3 MPSF result at CSU Bakersfield (Mar. 4). USC raced out to a 6-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Kelsey McIntosh, Brigitta Games, Maud Megens, and Stephania Haralabidis each scored twice, while Victoria Chamorro collected eight saves. Haralabidis is the MPSF scoring leader with 56 goals (2.95 GPG), while Chamorro has an MPSF-best 2.90 goals-against average. The Trojans face Indiana and Hawaii in Honolulu next time in action (Mar. 16-17), seeking a national win streak record.