Stanford, Calif.-----For the second day in a row, Dani Curran scored three times in two matches, but that was not nearly enough offense for San Jose State University. The Spartans closed out the Stanford Invitational women's water polo tournament losing to #1-ranked Stanford, 15-6, and #9-ranked Arizona State, 11-3, in the Invitational's seventh-place match.
Curran scored twice against Stanford and once against Arizona State to give her 12 goals on the season.
Kimber Methvin, Anna Natalizio, Ally Waasted and Adriana Vogt also scored against Stanford. The Spartans stayed with the Cardinal through the first half and went into halftime trailing, 7-5. Three third-period Stanford scores gave the Cardinal (6-0) the cushion it wanted.
Stanford's Annika Dries was one of four Cardinal to score multiple goals and led all players with three tallies. The Cardinal went on to win the eight-team, two-day tournament with a 10-7 victory over Cal.
"We played okay against Stanford and we played better than we did against Michigan," said San Jose State coach Lou Tully, who believes Stanford and USC, the Spartans' first opponent at Stanford, are the "class teams of the nation."
Allie Stewart and Janessa Schmidbauer joined Curran in the scoring column in the loss to Arizona State. The Sun Devils jumped out to a 7-1 halftime lead and were never threatened in the second half. Lynlee Smith of Arizona State (4-3) top scorer with three goals.
Lauren Lewis was in goal for San Jose State (7-4) in both Sunday matches. She was credited with three saves against Stanford and eight against Arizona State.
Tully believes the 2010 Spartans are still in a progressive stage three weeks into the season.
"We have things to do on both sides of the ball. The girls are working hard and we (as coaches) need to iron out some things. We may need to re-think how we put players in the game. We need to handle pressure better and get more of a presence in front of the cage (on offense).
"Lauren (Lewis) did a real good job in goal for us, but we gave up way too many goals this weekend," added the Spartans coach about his #7-ranked squad. Facing four top-10 teams, San Jose State allowed 51 goals compared to 28 when the Spartans won their first seven matches. Only three of those first seven opponents were in the top-20 and none were ranked higher than 14th-ranked UC Davis.
San Jose State opens Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play, Saturday, February 13, at California in a 1:00 p.m. match.
Stanford Invitational women's water polo tournament
Avery Aquatics Center, Stanford, Calif.
February 7, 2010
#7-San Jose State (7-3) 2-3-0-1=6
#1-Stanford (6-0) 3-4-3-5=15
San Jose State - Dani Curran, 2; Kimber Methvin, Anna Natalizio, Ally Waasted and Adriana Vogt, 1, each.
Stanford - Annika Dries, 3; Kim Krueger, Pallay Menon, Jessica Steffens, 2, each; Cassie Churnside, Vee Dunlevie, Kelly Eaton, Kelsey Holshouser, Victoria Kennedy, Alex Koran, 1, each.
San Jose State - Lauren Lewis, 3.
Stanford - Kate Baldoni, 10
#9-Arizona State (4-3) 3-4-0-4=11
#7-San Jose State (7-4) 1-0-1-1=3
Arizona State - Lynlee Smith, 3; Shannon Haas, Kari Walsh, 2, each; Annabelle Carter, Kelly Phelps, Mariam Salloum,, Bonnie Miles, 1, each.
San Jose State - Dani Curran, Allie Stewart, Janessa Schmidbauer, 1, each.
Stanford - Dana Harvey, 10.
San Jose State - Lauren Lewis, 8.