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.
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.
Aria Fischer scored a career-high five goals and No. 1 Stanford clinched the top seed in the upcoming MPSF Championship with a 13-12 victory at No. 4 Cal on Saturday afternoon.
No. 5 Hawai’i scored two goals in the final three minutes to squeak by the No. 4 Cal women’s water polo team 6-5 on Friday night at Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.
Penn State Behrend’s Lauren Wood set the school season record for goals with two against Connecticut College on Friday, upping her tally to 55 for the year. Kyra Christmas was the leading individual goal scorer of the week, putting in eight goals on 12 shots as #6 Pacific topped #13 Fresno State 16-8.
VMI put in 46 goals in two Saturday wins at the Macalester Invitational, including a school record eight by Sarah Dolitsky against host Macalester. Dolitsky went on to score 24 goals on the week, leading the Week 5 offensive standout performances.
Elli Protopapas, Hannah DeRose and Kitty Lynn Joustra all scored goals in overtime and the No. 4 Cal women’s water polo team knocked off No. 3 UCLA 7-6 on Sunday in the Third Place Game of the Barbara Kalbus Invitational.