Just a few months removed from a season-ending loss in the MPSF Tournament, men’s water polo standouts Alex Bowen and Bret Bonanni earned spots on the U.S. Senior National Team roster.
Stanford men’s water polo
The No. 3 Stanford men’s water polo team saw its season come to an end when it fell to No. 2 UCLA 10-9 in sudden-death overtime of the MPSF Championship Third-Place Game on Friday.
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.
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.
The 2011 season ended on a bitter note for the No. 4 men’s water polo team this past weekend in Los Angeles, marked by another top squad’s unsuccessful campaign to bring a national championship home to the Farm.
The MPSF Tournament final and a chance at a berth in the NCAA Championship were in plain sight for the No. 4 Stanford men’s water polo team after three quarters of play against USC on Saturday. Then it all faded away in the course of a devastating 0-4 fourth quarter that turned a season-defining upset into a season-ending defeat
The No. 4 Stanford men’s water polo team took two lopsided wins this weekend, defeating No. 14 Santa Clara 17-4 on Saturday and No. 12 UC-Davis 12-7 on Sunday