It will be a rematch for the 2019 NCAA women’s water polo national championship on Sunday. #2 Stanford, which boasts six national championships in its program history, will meet defending champion #1 USC, which is looking for its sixth crown.
The NCAA Women’s Water Polo national championship matchup is set, with defending champion #1 USC meeting 2018 runnerup #2 Stanford on Sunday. Both teams had to endure an overtime thriller on Saturday to earn their spot in the title match.
After Friday’s quarterfinals, all that remain in the NCAA Water Polo Tournament field are the top four seeds, all representing the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. #1 USC and #2 Stanford are looking to set up a rematch of the 2018 final with Saturday victories.
The top four seeds, all from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, advanced to Saturday’s NCAA Tournament semifinals with wins on Friday in Palo Alto, Calif. #1 USC will now meet #4 Cal and #2 Stanford will face #3 UCLA with a spot in the championships match on the line.
The No. 2 USC women’s water polo team shrugged off a two-goal deficit in the fourth period and forced overtime, where the Trojans would eventually net the golden goal on Paige Hauschild’s blast from 10 meters out after almost 41 minutes of action to beat Stanford and win the MPSF Tournament championship.
No. 2 Stanford held No. 1 USC scoreless in overtime and Makenzie Fischer notched a hat trick to lead the Cardinal in a 9-8 victory, Saturday, at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
#15 Long Beach State’s Sarah Barker recorded five goals in a 13-7 win over #16 Wagner on Sunday and added four more in a 15-6 victory over RV Bucknell on Thursday. Barker was one of 24 players with at least one four-goal effort on Week 8.
The No. 1 USC women’s water polo team never trailed No. 2 Stanford and got three big goals in the fourth along with a huge penalty stop from Amanda Longan to button up a 10-8 victory that claimed the Barbara Kalbus Invitational title for the Trojans.
Top-ranked USC rides a 29-game win streak into action at the competitive Barbara Kalbus Invitational this week in Irvine, opening the tournament against #25 San Diego State.
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The top-ranked Women of Troy carry a 28-game win streak into their first official home game of the year.