On Saturday afternoon, No. 1 Stanford men’s water polo (21-3, 2-1 MPSF) romped to a 16-7 destruction of No. 7 UC San Diego (20-6, 6-1 WWPA) in the NCAA semifinals to advance to the championship game. Yet the next day at Avery Aquatics Center, the Cardinal fell to No. 2 USC (30-3, 2-1 MPSF) 12-14, continuing a sixteen year championship drought for the Stanford program.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Stanford men’s water polo team will fight in the end-of-season Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament at USC as the conference’s first seed.
On Saturday afternoon, No. 3 Stanford men’s water polo (18-2, 2-1 MPSF) sunk No. 4 California (16-5, 1-2 MPSF) 12-11 in double overtime in the Big Splash at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Neither team led by more than a goal throughout the entire match until Stanford pulled away 12-10 in overtime to a lead that the Bears were unable to equal.
This weekend, the No. 2 Stanford men’s water polo team (15-1) takes on No. 9 UC Davis (13-5) on Saturday at noon and No. 11 UC Irvine (7-10) on Sunday at 1pm in their final two home games of the regular season. The team will be led by sophomores Ben Hallock and Tyler Abramson on offense, each of whom have 42 goals on the season. On defense, the Cardinal will be led by senior goalkeeper Oliver Lewis, who has 174 saves on the season and is allowing an average of only 6.46 goals per game.
Coming off a tough loss to #3 USC last Sunday, the No. 2 Stanford men’s water polo team (15-1, 1-0 MPSF) capped off a successful weekend in dominating fashion on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Avery Aquatic Center.
Today, No. 2 ranked men’s water polo (13-1) will square off against Wagner (10-9) in Avery Aquatic Center. On Sunday, the team will then face No. 6 Pacific (8-7) at home.
These out-of-conference matches follow Stanford’s heartbreaking loss to No. 3 USC (22-1) in the final seconds of the final game of the MPSF Invitational meet last weekend. As a result, the team is poised to come back with a vengeance.
The Stanford Men’s Water Polo Team fought well at the Mountain Pacific Invitational Meet held in Avery Aquatic Center this past weekend.
The No.1 seeded Cardinal (13-1) geared up for their first match of the weekend against the San Jose State Spartans (15-7). Sophomores Ben Hallock and Tyler Abramson had an impressive showing putting up 4 and 2 goals respectively. By the end of the game nearly every one of the Cardinal in the water scored at least one goal. With a final score of 19-8, it was smooth sailing to a victory for Stanford in the opening game.
On Wednesday, October 10th at 6:00 PM, the No. 1 ranked Stanford men’s water polo (9-0) will host No. 9 Long Beach State (6-5), trying to keep their nine-game winning streak going. This match comes after the Cardinal managed to overcome the former first seed, USC, 13-11 in a home game, matching the team’s best season start since 2009.