MPSF Quarterfinal Results, Semifinal Schedule

Maddie Musselman, UCLA (Photo courtesy UCLA)
Maddie Musselman, UCLA (Photo courtesy UCLA)
April 27, 2018

2018 MPSF CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, 2018

Host: University of California; Spieker Aquatics Complex

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Friday, April 27

Game 1: No. 3 seed Stanford 16, No. 6 seed San Jose State 4

Game 2: No. 4 seed UCLA 14, No. 5 seed Arizona State 4

No. 1 seed USC and No. 2 seed California--Bye

Saturday, April 28

Game 3: No. 5 seed Arizona State vs. No. 6 seed San Jose State --11:00 am

Game 4: No. 1 seed USC vs. No. 4 seed UCLA --12:45 pm

Game 5: No. 2 seed California vs. No. 3 seed Stanford --2:30 pm

Sunday, April 29

Game 6: Semifinal Losers (Third-Place) --11:00 am

Game 7: Semifinal Winners (Championship)--12:45 pm

MPSF Quarterfinal: No. 3 seed Stanford 16, No. 6 seed San Jose State 4

Recap by Stanford

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Ten different players scored and No. 2 Stanford kicked off its MPSF Tournament with a 16-4 victory over No. 20 San Jose State on Friday afternoon.

The Cardinal advances to face No. 3 Cal in the semifinals tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. A live stream will be available via MPSF College Sports Live and in-game updates can be found on the team's Twitter account @Stanfordh2opolo.

Stanford was in an early 2-0 hole after Guara Garcia Delgado put in a pair for the Spartans, one on San Jose State's first possession at 7:01 and the next on her team's first power play opportunity at 3:28.

The Cardinal responded with an 11-goal run and held the Spartans without a score for more than 16 minutes until Natalie Hosmer converted a five-meter penalty late in the third quarter.

Stanford closed the first with three goals in the final 125 seconds of the period. It got its first from Shannon Cleary in the 6-on-5 (2:05) and its second on a skip shot to the near post from Makenzie Fischer (0:45). With 20 seconds left SJSU goalkeeper Katelynn Thompson came out of the cage to challenge Kat Klass and Klass lobbed it up and over to give Stanford its first lead.

It was more of the same in the second quarter. Klass started things off with her second (7:16) before Aria Fischer drew a penalty inside that sister Makenzie converted from five meters (6:42). Cleary netted her second (5:54) and then it was Aria Fischer intercepting a San Jose State pass and taking it herself at the midway point (4:12).

With under two minutes until halftime, Stanford's 5-on-6 defense came up big and forced the stop. At the offensive end Katie Dudley fed Makenzie Fischer for her third to push the Cardinal advantage to 8-2 at the break.

Makenzie Fischer started the second half with a skip from distance at 6:37 to conclude her four-goal day. A minute later Madison Berggren found herself all alone in front of goal and used the lob to tally her first. She added another on the power play at the 3:27 mark of the third period.

Stanford was up 11-3 after three following Hosmer's penalty and dominated the fourth, adding five more before a late SJSU score with four seconds remaining.

Cassidy Wiley used a skip to score in the 6-on-5 (7:09) and then fed her sister Mackenzie inside the next time down (6:15) to make it 13-3.

Lauren Bywater scored her second career goal with a quick shot after a San Jose State exclusion at 1:43. Following a Spartan turnover, Emalia Eichelberger ignited the counter with a pass down the right side to Bella Baldridge. Baldridge took a few strokes and then beat Thompson 1v1 for her fourth of the season.

Katie Dudley drew an exclusion with 15 seconds to go and Baldridge fed Hannah Shabb for Stanford's 16th and final goal.

Julia Hermann played the first half in the cage and Eichelberger the second for the Cardinal. Stanford was 5-for-9 on the power play and San Jose State 2-for-4.

MPSF Quarterfinal: No. 4 seed UCLA 14, No. 5 seed Arizona State 4

Recap by UCLA

BERKELEY, Calif. - The fourth-seeded UCLA women's water polo team turned in a resounding victory to ring in the postseason, defeating No. 5 Arizona State by a 14-4 score at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Maddie Musselman led the Bruins with three goals, while Bronte Halligan, Lexi Liebowitz and Lizette Rozeboom each turned in a multi-goal performance of her own. Nine different Bruins scored in all. Carlee Kapana tallied six saves in three-plus quarters of action and Hannah Storum turned away two shots without surrendering a goal.

UCLA wasted no time getting on the board, as Myna Simmons broke through on the team's opening possession (7:11). The next time down, fellow freshman Liebowitz showed no hesitancy in her first postseason appearance, doubling the Bruin lead to 2-0 with a scoring strike (6:20). Just 1:20 later, the Danville, Calif. native registered her fourth career multi-goal game to continue the opening-quarter scoring spree.

Next up was Musselman, who took advantage of an extra-player opportunity at 3:36. Halligan made it five straight at 2:12, before Arizona State got on the board with two in a row as the clock moved past the one-minute mark. Musselman quickly nixed any hopes of a Sun Devil rally, though, sending the teams to their first break with her second goal (0:04).

Kapana and Arizona State's Mia Rycraw each turned away two shots in the second quarter, as both teams struggled to get going. Devin Grab would get the Bruins going again at 4:49 with her 24th of the campaign, before Halligan continued the run with her second at 2:44. The Sun Devils' Maud Koopman stopped the Bruin run at three and sent the game to the half at 8-3 (2:13).

The second half was more of the same, as Lizette Rozeboom notched her first score at 5:31 to triple the Sun Devil output. Musselman recorded her seventh hat trick of the season to put the Bruins into double digits at 4:19 and establish the first seven-goal lead of the day. Kapana recorded three saves in the frame and would give up just one goal--the Sun Devils' final successful conversion of the afternoon.

Rozeboom joined Musselman in the 40-goal club with 6:37 to go in the final quarter. Grace Reego (4:57), Roxy Wheaton (2:38) and Kelsey Blacker (1:49) tacked on three more to put a bow on the win, which advanced the Bruins into Saturday's first semifinal, a 12:45 showdown with top-seeded USC.