Bucknell’s Kali Hyham scored 25 goals at the Mercyhurst Invitational, with five or more tallies in each of four wins, to lead Week 5 conference honorees.
With just one Top 25 upset on Week 5 of the collegiate women’s water polo season, it is no surprise that movement in the Top 25 poll was minimal.
In a week that saw 41 efforts of four or more goals, it was no doubt a tough pick for the various conference player of the week honors.
USA Water Polo has announced the 13-athlete roster that will represent Team USA at the upcoming FINA Women’s Junior World Championship, Sept. 9-15.
Fifty-four student-athletes representing 25 institutions have been tabbed as Division I women’s water polo All-Americans by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC). National champion Stanford and runnerup USC each boast six honorees.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.