The offensive fireworks continued this weekend for No. 3 Stanford (14-4, 4-2 MPSF) as it scored 18 goals on Saturday against UC-Davis before recording a season high of 24 goals on Sunday, trouncing Santa Clara 24-7.
Men’s Water Polo
After being named an All-American as a high school senior at Menlo School, a stone’s throw from Palm Drive, senior Scott Platshon earned the starting goalkeeper job this season for the Stanford men’s water polo team. Platshon allowed just one goal in his first career start and has No. 3 Stanford set to make a run at a NCAA Tournament berth when the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament begins on Nov. 23.
The loss dropped Stanford (8-4, 2-2 MPSF) to fourth place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and leaves them with an uphill battle to get to the NCAA tournament. They play two more MPSF teams this weekend, and while both opponents are winless in the conference, the Cardinal cannot afford another slipup.
The floodgates opened during the second quarter of this year’s annual Big Splash against California, and by the end of the game Stanford was drowning in goals. A 4-0 second quarter that turned into an 8-2 run for California led to a lopsided 14-8 drubbing on Saturday morning at Berkeley’s Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Stanford (8-3, 2-1 MPSF) makes a visit to Berkeley’s Spieker Aquatics Complex this Saturday for the Big Splash with a chance to drop the Golden Bears to 0-3 in conference play. With a win, the fifth-ranked Cardinal would also have its first three-game winning streak of the season.
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The fifth-ranked men’s water polo team made a strong statement this weekend by dominating two conference opponents at their home pools. Stanford avenged its early-season loss to No. 2 UC-Santa Barbara in the process and put itself in a position to jump the Gauchos in the rankings.
No. 5 Stanford visits division rivals UC-Santa Barbara and Pepperdine this weekend in what is already a pivotal set of games only a week into the regular season. At 6-3 overall and 0-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), a Cardinal loss to either team could be enough to end their postseason hopes unceremoniously and very early.