MPSF Unbeaten USC Visits No. 1 Stanford

Maud Megens, USC (Photo by John McGillen)
Maud Megens, USC (Photo by John McGillen)
April 10, 2018

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MAUD MEGENS OF USC MPSF/KAP7 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

USC sophomore Maud Megens (Rotterdam, Netherlands/Leonardo da Vinci College) scored a game-high four goals – assisting on the go-ahead goal in the second quarter and then scoring what would stand as the game-winner – during an 11-6 MPSF win over No. 2 California (Apr. 7). In addition to her four goals and assist, Megens had two key steals and drew an ejection to help the Trojans to a crucial conference victory. The four-goal effort was Megens’ seventh multiple-goal outing in her nine appearances this season. With its eighth straight win, USC is the last remaining unbeaten team in MPSF play. This is the fourth career MPSF weekly award for Megens (twice each as player and newcomer of the week). Others Nominated: Maddie Musselman (UCLA); Makenzie Fischer (STAN).…

LEXI LIEBOWITZ OF UCLA MPSF/KAP7 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK

UCLA freshman Lexi Liebowitz (Danville, CA/San Ramon Valley HS) played a big role in the No. 4 Bruins’ close loss to No. 1 Stanford (Apr. 7). She assisted on two goals during a 4-0 scoring run over 8:09 of game time and won the second half opening sprint to keep UCLA’s momentum rolling. Liebowitz added one earned exclusion and one field block during the third stanza which saw the Bruins temporarily pull even. This is the first career MPSF honor for Liebowitz …

USC LONE REMAINING UNBEATEN IN MPSF PLAY, VISITS NO. 1 STANFORD

NO. 3 USC (2-0 MPSF, 18-1 Overall) snapped California’s bid for an unbeaten MPSF season with a convincing 11-6 outcome at home this past Saturday (Apr. 7). Up 4-3 at half, USC went on a 7-3 run in the second half. Maud Megens put away a game-high four goals, while Annika Jensen added a hat trick. Megens also had an assist, two key steals, and drew an exclusion. Amanda Longan collected 15 saves in the cage for a .714 save percentage. The Trojans have three to play in the MPSF, taking an eight-game win streak to top-ranked Stanford Friday (Apr. 13) followed by a visit to San Jose State Saturday (Apr. 14). USC then hosts UCLA in the regular season finale (Apr. 21).

NO. 1 STANFORD (1-1 MPSF, 14-1 Overall) raced out to a 5-1 first quarter lead at No. 4 UCLA last Saturday (Apr. 7), on its way to an 8-5 win. After being caught in the third quarter at 5-5, the Cardinal scored the final three goals of the game without allowing any in the fourth. Makenzie Fischer scored her third-straight hat trick, capped off with perhaps the most crucial goal of the contest to snap a 16-minute drought and put Stanford on top for good. Kat Klass added two goals. Julia Hermann stopped seven shots and did not allow any even strength goals. Stanford hosts USC Friday (Apr. 13) at 5:30 pm and Arizona State Sunday (Apr. 15) at 2 pm, both on Pac-12 Networks.

NO. 2 CALIFORNIA (4-1 MPSF, 17-4 Overall) wrapped up its MPSF schedule at No. 3 USC last Saturday (Apr. 7), where it dropped its only conference game. Emma Wright and Anna Illes scored two goals each. The Bears conclude the regular season at UC Davis on Apr. 21, following a bye this week. Cal is the host of the MPSF Championship Tournament later this month (Apr. 27-29), where it will be seeded anywhere from one to three.

NO. 4 UCLA (2-2 MPSF, 21-4 Overall) dropped its only home game of the year in an 8-5 loss to No. 1 Stanford (Apr. 7). UCLA did put on an impressive rally, coming back from 5-1 down after the first quarter to tie the game at 5 in the third. Lexi Liebowitz had two assists within that run to help pull even. Maddie Musselman was the multiple-goal scorer for the Bruins with two. UCLA wraps up its regular season when visiting USC on Apr. 21, following a bye week.

NO. 19 SAN JOSE STATE (0-2 MPSF, 9-14 Overall) had a bye last week, and fell 13-5 at No. 2 California in a conference game last in action (Mar. 31), as Sheila Jensen scored twice. The Spartans play the final three games of the regular season at home vs. Arizona State (Apr. 13), USC (Apr. 14), and Stanford (Apr. 22).

NO. 6 ARIZONA STATE (0-3 MPSF, 14-7 Overall) comes off a bye week, and completes its MPSF and regular season schedule at San Jose State Friday (Apr. 13) and Stanford Sunday (Apr. 15). Last time out, the Sun Devils dropped a 6-3 MPSF game at No. 4 UCLA (Mar. 31). Bente Rogge scored two goals and assisted on another, thus having a hand in all three Sun Devil goals.