UCLA Wins 10th MPSF Championship

Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, Arizona State
April 26, 2015

MPSF Women's Water Polo Final Standings & Tournament Pairings

MPSF Women's Water Polo Release 14

MPSF Tournament Central--with live stats and video to all games

MPSF CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

April 24-26, 2015

Host: Arizona State University

Mona Plummer Aquatic Center; Tempe, AZ

MPSF QUARTERFINALS

Friday, Apr. 24:

Game 1--No.2 Seed UCLA 17, No. 7 Seed CSU Bakersfield 6

Game 1 Stats and Summary

Game 1 Video Highlights

RECAP (by Ross Dunham, ASU)---In the first game of the 2015 MPSF Women's Water Polo Championship, No. 2-seed UCLA took down No. 7-seed CSU Bakersfield 17-6 at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center on Arizona State's campus. Senior Danielle Ferraro paced the Bruins' offensive attack, scoring five goals on her six shots. Six other UCLA players connected on shots in the game, contributing to the Bruins' 11-goal win over the Roadrunners. Ferraro entered the contest with just nine goals all season. Six different CSU Bakersfield players scored each of its six goals in the game, but UCLA goalkeepers Sami Hill and Alex Musselman saved 13 total shots in the contest to thwart the Roadrunners' offense.

Game 2--No. 3 Seed USC 19, No. 6 Seed San Jose State 8

Game 2 Stats and Summary

Game 2 Video Highlights

RECAP (by Ross Dunham, ASU)---After an 11-goal differential in the first game on Friday, the second contest of the day was more of the same. USC cruised to a 19-8 victory over San Jose State in the #3 vs. #6 game on the first day of the 2015 MPSF Women's Water Polo Championship at Arizona State's Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. Thirteen different Trojans scored goals in the contest, and Ioanna Haralabidis, Jayde Appel and Monica Vavic all tallied three scores for USC in their offensive outburst. At the other end of the water, San Jose State had six different women score goals in the losing effort. Both Kelli Leabo and Clara Espar Llaquet had two scores

Game 3--No. 4 Seed California 5, No. 5 Seed Arizona State 4

Game 3 Stats and Summary

Game 3 Video Highlights

RECAP (by Ross Dunham, ASU)---In the final match of day one of the 2015 MPSF Women's Water Polo Championship, #4 seed California outlasted #5 seed Arizona State, 5-4, at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center on the ASU campus. Trailing 5-1 in the final quarter, the Sun Devils put together a late rally to cut the lead all the way down to one score with 30 seconds left, but the comeback fell short as the horn sounded. Izabella Chiappini scored two goals for the Sun Devils while Lena Mihailovic and Kaya Casas each recorded a score in the loss. Madeline Trabucco picked up 10 saves and Emily Loughlin two goals as the Bears advance to the semifinals.

MPSF SEMIFINALS

Saturday, Apr. 25:

Game 4 - No. 6 seed San Jose State 15, No. 7 seed CSU Bakersfield 7

Game 4 Stats and Summary

Game 4 Video Highlights

RECAP (by Connor Johnson, ASU)---Clara Espar Llaquet had nine goals, Katelynn Thompson had 11 saves and the San Jose State Spartans defeated the CSUB Roadrunners 15-7 in an elimination game in the MPSF Conference Tournament on Saturday morning at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The nine goals by Espar Llaquet tied her own school and MPSF record, as she also became the first-ever MPSF player to score 90 in two different seasons. The sophomore from Barcelona, Spain was dominant from the outset, scoring two goals in each of the first two quarters, four goals in the third quarter and one goal in the fourth. Bridgette Souza led the way for CSUB with three goals and one assist, while Nicola Barrett had two goals and one assist for the Roadrunners. Barrett's performance pushed her over the 100-goal mark for her career.

Game 5 - No. 2 seed UCLA 9, No. 3 seed USC 7

Game 5 Stats and Summary

Game 5 Video Highlights

RECAP (by Connor Johnson, ASU)---Rachel Fattal had six goals and the No. 2 UCLA Bruins defeated the No. 3 USC Trojans 9-7 in the semifinals of the MPSF Championship Tournament on Saturday afternoon at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The Trojans took a 4-2 lead with 4:48 left in the second quarter after Stephania Haralabidis converted a five-meter penalty shot. UCLA scored the game's next four goals, eventually taking a 6-4 lead with 5:35 left in the third quarter on a goal by Emily Donohoe. Haralabidis tied the game at seven with 2:50 left to play, but Fattal scored the final two goals for the Bruins. The junior gave UCLA an 8-7 lead when she scored with 1:27 remaining and sealed the win with a five-meter penalty shot that put the Bruins up two goals with 25 seconds left.Sami Hill had 14 saves in a great goalkeeping performance for the Bruins, while Haralabidis and Monica Vavic led USC with two goals each.

Game 6-- No. 4 seed California 8, No. 1 seed Stanford 7

Game 6 Stats and Summary

Game 6 Video Highlights

RECAP (by Connor Johnson, ASU)---Madeline Trabucco had two clutch saves down the stretch and the No. 4 California Golden Bears were able to hold on to defeat the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal, 8-7, for the first time since 2000 (40 meetings) on Saturday afternoon in the MPSF Championship Tournament semifinals at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. Trabucco had six saves Saturday, but none were bigger than her final two. Stanford called timeout with 1:25 left, trailing 8-7, but Trabucco stopped Ashley Grossman's shot. Less than one minute later, Stanford again had a chance to tie the game, but Jamie Neushul's shot bounced off the post and Grossman's tip-in attempt slipped off her fingertips, giving Cal the win. Six different players scored for Cal, led by Kelly McKee and Carla Carrega, who both had two goals. Maggie Steffens and Kiley Neushul each had three goals to lead the Cardinal.

MPSF FINALS

Sunday, Apr. 26:

Game 7 - No. 6 seed San Jose State 9, No. 5 seed Arizona State 8 (5th-Place)

Game 7 Stats and Summary

Game 7 Video Highlights

RECAP (by ASU)---In the first game in the final day of action at the 2015 MPSF Women's Water Polo Championship, Arizona State fell to San Jose State, 9-8, in the fifth place match at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The Sun Devils had a chance to tie the game up on the final possession of the game, but Spartans' goalkeeper Katelynn Thompson came up with the biggest save of the game as time ran out to secure fifth place for San Jose State. Izabella Chiappini scored three times for ASU in the loss, while Bianca Seyfert scored three of her own as well as the assist on the winning goal for the SJSU.

Game 8 - No. 1 seed Stanford 9, No. 3 seed USC 6 (3rd-Place)

Game 8 Stats and Summary

Game 8 Video Highlights

RECAP (by ASU)---In the third place game at the 2015 MPSF Women's Water Polo Championship, Stanford took down USC by the score of 9-6 at Arizona State's Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. Ashley Grossman led the way for the Cardinal, scoring three goals while Jamie Neushul and Maggie Steffens each had two scores in the win. Five different players scored goals for the Trojans, including Brianna Daboub who added another two goals to her tally on the weekend. But it was the Stanford defense along with its goalkeeper, Gabby Stone, that held strong against the potent USC offensive attack. Stone finished with 10 saves to help secure the third place finish for the Cardinal.

Game 9 --No. 2 seed UCLA 9, No. 4 seed California 8 (1st-Place)

Game 9 Stats and Summary

Game 9 Video Highlights

RECAP (by ASU)---In the final game of the 2015 MPSF Women's Water Polo Championship, No. 2 seed UCLA held off No. 4 seed Cal, 9-8, to take home the top spot in the tournament. Trailing by three goals with four minutes left in the final quarter, Cal staged a comeback, scoring two goals to pull within one in the final minute of play. The Bears had a shot to tie that game on their final possession, but Roser Tarrago's skip-shot hit the right post and the Bruins ran out the final seconds to secure the crown. Four different players collected two goals each for the Bruins, while goalkeeper Sami Hill recorded nine total saves in the championship game.