Tourney Seeds on the Line in Final Week

Maddie Musselman, UCLA
April 18, 2017

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UCLA (5-0 MPSF, 19-1 Overall) never trailed in a 10-9 win at top-ranked Stanford (Apr. 15), leaving the Bruins as the lone remaining MPSF-unbeaten. Kodi Hill posted a hat trick and dished three assists in the win at Stanford, while Maddie Musselman and Alys Williams added two goals, giving the former 50 on the year (tied for second-most in the MPSF). UCLA hosts USC in the regular season finale Saturday (Apr. 22) at 1 pm on Pac-12 Networks. A win for the Bruins would lock up the No. 1 seed in the MPSF Tournament which they host (Apr. 28-30). UCLA would be seeded second with a loss by eight or more goals—OR---with a loss and a Stanford loss to San Jose State. UCLA is seeded third with a loss by seven or less goals along with a Stanford win. Entering the final week, UCLA has a three-way goal differential of plus-one against Stanford and USC for seeding purposes in case of a three-way tie.

USC (4-1 MPSF, 26-1 Overall) won 6-3 at California (Apr. 15). Maud Megens drew a key exclusion and scored two second half goals to help the Trojans get the win. Stephania Haralabidis is the MPSF scoring leader with 73 goals (2.70 GPG). USC visits UCLA Saturday (Apr. 22) to close the regular season, giving the Bruins their lone loss on the year in Irvine on Feb. 25 (non-conference, 10-9). USC would be the MPSF Tournament’s No. 1 seed if it beats UCLA by at least eight goals—OR---win vs. UCLA (regardless of score) and Stanford loses to San Jose State. USC would be seeded second if it wins by seven or less, and seeded third with a loss. Entering the final week, USC has a three-way goal differential with UCLA and Stanford of minus-four (lost 8-12 vs. Stanford).

STANFORD (4-1 MPSF, 17-2 Overall) Mackenzie Fischer, Jamie Neushul, and Kat Klass each scored twice in the home loss to UCLA. Stanford would be the MPSF Tournament’s No. 1 seed with a home win Saturday over San Jose State AND a USC win over UCLA by seven goals or less. Stanford would be seeded second with a USC loss. Stanford would be seeded third with a loss to San Jose State and a USC win –OR-- if USC beats UCLA by at least eight goals. Stanford has a final tally of plus-three on goal difference with UCLA and USC.

ARIZONA STATE (3-3 MPSF, 19-6 Overall) penciled in the four seed in the MPSF Tournament with an 11-3 Senior Day and regular season finale win over San Jose State (Apr. 15). Stephanie Contreras converted both of her shot attempts, giving her 21 goals on the year. The Sun Devils will play No. 5 seed California in the MPSF Quarterfinals on April 28 at 2:30 pm at UCLA.

CALIFORNIA (2-4 MPSF, 14-7 Overall) Madeline Trabucco collected 12 saves in holding USC to a season-low six goals (Apr. 15) in the Bears’ regular season finale. She has 548 career saves, fourth in Cal history. Dora Antal scored twice, bringing her career total to 189, also fourth on Cal’s all-time list as well as on this year’s MPSF scoring list (2.25 GPG). The Bears are the No. 5 seed in this year’s MPSF Tournament, taking on No. 4 seed Arizona State in quarterfinal action.

SAN JOSE STATE (0-4 MPSF, 9-16 Overall) hosts CSU Bakersfield Friday (Apr. 21), and visits Stanford (Apr. 22). Friday’s contest vs. CSUB will determine the MPSF’s six and seven seed. Carla Toha Vilanova has a team-high 35 goals.

CSU BAKERSFIELD (0-5 MPSF, 12-14 Overall) plays its regular season finale Friday at San Jose State (Apr. 21), where the winner locks in the six seed for the MPSF Tournament. Ashley Paz ranks in the MPSF’s top-10 in scoring with 40 goals (1.82 GPG).