MPSF Sends Four to NCAA Tournament

MPSF Tournament MVP,  USC's Maud Megens
MPSF Tournament MVP, USC's Maud Megens
May 1, 2018

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MAUD MEGENS OF USC MPSF/KAP7 TOURNAMENT MVP

USC sophomore Maud Megens (Rotterdam, Netherlands/Leonardo College) tallied four goals in the MPSF Championship overtime win over Stanford (Apr. 29), helping the Trojans to their fifth all-time conference title. She also scored a second quarter goal in the semifinal win over UCLA (Apr. 28). Megens, a two-time MPSF Player of the Week this year and first-team all-conference honoree, enters the NCAA Tournament third in the MPSF in scoring average (35 goals, 2.50 GPG).

2018 MPSF/KAP7 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

No. Student-Athlete Yr. School

6 Maud Megens (MVP) So. USC

5 Paige Hauschild Fr. USC

9 Hayley McKelvey Sr. USC

7 Maddie Musselman So. UCLA

11 Makenzie Fischer So. Stanford

3 Dora Antal Sr. California

1 Amanda Longan (GK) Jr. USC

USC WINS FIFTH MPSF CHAMPIONSHIP; JOINED BY STANFORD, CAL, UCLA IN NCAA FIELD

No. 1 USC (5-0 MPSF, 23-1 Overall) sealed its fifth all-time MPSF title with a 13-12 overtime win in the championship game over No. 3 seed Stanford (Apr. 29), hosted by California. In a game featuring 10 ties and five lead changes, Maud Megens and Hayley McKelvey scored four goals each, while Amanda Longan collected 12 saves. McKelvey and Paige Hauschild put away the overtime goals. USC won its semifinal game on that path, 13-10 over No. 4 seed UCLA (Apr. 28). All four of the aforementioned Trojans were named to the all-tournament team, with Megens earning MVP. USC earned the No. 1 national seed in the NCAA Tournament it hosts (May 11-13), making its 15th-straight appearance in the field and winning it five times. Winners of 13-straight games, the Trojans host the Wagner/UC San Diego play-in winner in an NCAA Quarterfinal on May 11. Hauschild enters the NCAA Tournament with an MPSF-high 62 goals (2.58 GPG).

No. 2 STANFORD (3-2 MPSF, 18-3 Overall) All-Tournament selection Makenzie Fischer put away her sixth and seventh five-goal games of the year, scoring 14 times in her three MPSF Tournament outings, as the Cardinal placed second. In addition to her five-goal outings against top seed USC in the final and No. 2 seed California in the 12-9 semifinal win, Fischer had a four-goal game in the 16-4 quarterfinal win over San Jose State. The only program to partake in every NCAA Tournament since its inception in 2001, Stanford received one of the three at-large bids and seeks its sixth NCAA championship in eight seasons and seventh in program history. Seeded second, Stanford faces the UC Irvine-Pomona Play-in winner on May 11. Fischer is within one goal from the MPSF lead with 61 on the year.

No. 3 CALIFORNIA (4-1 MPSF, 19-5 Overall) won the third-place MPSF Tournament game in which it hosted, 8-3 over No. 4 seed UCLA (Apr. 29). The outcome marked the best MPSF Tournament finish for the Bears since they last won the event in 2011. Cal raced out to a 4-0 lead and held UCLA scoreless for nearly the first 12 minutes. Carla Carrega and Emma Wright had two goals apiece, with the latter finishing with five for the tournament. All-Tournament honoree Dora Antal tallied three goals in the tournament, give her 241 in her career. She is four away from breaking into the MPSF’s all-time top-10. Madison Tagg hauled in eight saves while allowing just the three goals in the win. California is NCAA Tournament bound as the No. 3 seed, taking on Michigan in the quarterfinals (May 11). Cal is making its fourth NCAA Championship appearance in the past five years, and sixth overall.

No. 4 UCLA (2-3 MPSF, 22-7 Overall) reached the MPSF Semifinals with a quarterfinal win over No. 5 seed Arizona State, 14-4. Bronte Halligan recorded a career-high four goals in the loss. All-Tournament selection Maddie Musselman recorded a hat trick in the win. The Bruins received the NCAA Tournament’s final at-large bid, and are seeded fourth, taking on Pacific in a quarterfinal game (May 11). UCLA has an all-time high 11 national championships, and a high of seven since the inaugural year of NCAA Women’s Water Polo in 2001.

No. 6 ARIZONA STATE (1-4 MPSF, 16-9 Overall) won the MPSF Tournament’s Consolation game over San Jose State, 13-3 (Apr. 28). Mia Rycraw collected 15 saves, giving her a total of 814 in her career which ranks third in Sun Devil history. She is also the 15th goalkeeper in MPSF history to reach the 800-save milestone. Lena Mihailovic tallied five goals in the consolation win.

No. 20 SAN JOSE STATE (0-5 MPSF, 9-19 Overall) concluded its season at the MPSF Tournament with losses to Stanford and Arizona State. Guara Garcia Delgado accumulated four goals over the two games, finishing 2018 with a Spartan-high of 30 (1.07 GPG).