No. 2 Stanford women’s water polo (7-0) continued its winning streak at a serene and untroubled pace, as the Cardinal extended its perfect start to the season with two comfortable road victories over the No. 14 UC-Davis Aggies (8-7) and the Pacific Tigers (4-7).
Stanford women’s water polo
Two hundred and forty two days ago, Stanford women’s water polo, the two-time defending national champions dubbed by many as the best college water polo team ever before the 2013 season, came as close as it could possibly have come to an NCAA title without grasping it, falling 10-9 in quadruple overtime to archrival USC.
Although the race was the closest in history, the result was the same as usual as Stanford claimed the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, awarded annually to the nation’s best intercollegiate athletic program, for the 19th straight year.
On paper, the Stanford women’s water polo team may have been the strongest in college. Ever. Featuring players who have won the national title two years running and three gold-medal winning Olympians, expectations this year were huge.