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.
Although there were just 23 games played on Week 13, that did not stop the goal onslaught. Forty-seven players got in on the act as 51 efforts of three of more goals were recorded.
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.
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.
Including 20 performances of four or more scores, here is a look at some of the standout efforts of collegiate water polo Week 6 and conference player of the week honorees.
Week 3 of the NCAA women’s water polo season brought a scoring onslaught, including 18 goals by Stanford’s Makenzie Fischer and 16 by St. Francis Brooklyn’s Kelsey Snelgar, each in three match efforts.
USA Water Polo World University Games Head Coaches Dan Klatt(Women) and James Graham (Men) have announced their respective 13 athlete rosters…