San Jose, Calif.-----Melissa Seidemann scored one of her game-high three goals in the third quarter leading #1-ranked Stanford to a 10-4 win over #10-San Jose State University in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's water polo match.
The Cardinal (9-0, 1-0 MPSF) led the Spartans (7-6, 0-2 MPSF) 4-2 at halftime and took advantage of some San Jose State turnovers to break open a close match.
Katie Buzzetta, Kathryn Hannum, Adriana Vogt and Allie Stewart scored for the Spartans, who lost to the Cardinal for the second time in 13 days. Like the first meeting, San Jose State trailed by two goals heading into the third quarter.
"We still have an issue with too many turnovers and we need to get that fixed," said San Jose State head coach Lou Tully. "We were fortunate to be down only 4-2, because Stanford was not converting its early turnover opportunities.
"I thought (defensively) we did a pretty good job. We were pressing and helping back (at 2-meter) better."
San Jose State goalkeeper Meagan Minson had a busy day making 11 saves.
Offensively, Tully gave Stanford credit for its defense at the 2-meter line, but wants to see his team become more productive in front of the opposition's goal mouth.
"We have to play with more intensity in front of the cage. Our presence at 2-meters is not adequate at the moment. We need to improve our ball-handling, our ball skills and we need to put our players who are there in a better scoring position," reflected the Spartans' head coach.
San Jose State, which started the season with seven wins in a row, looks to get back on the winning track next weekend when it participates as one of 16 teams in the UC Irvine Invitational. The Spartans' first opponent on February 27 is #7-ranked Loyola Marymount.
Stanford 10 San Jose State 4
The Aquatics Center, San Jose, Calif.
February 20, 2010
#-1Stanford (9-0, 1-0 MPSF) 2 2 5 1 -- 10
#10-San Jose State (7-6, 0-2 MPSF) 1 1 0 2 -- 4
Stanford - Melissa Seidemann 3, Pallavi Menon 2, Kelly Eaton 2, Kelsey Holshouser 2, Jessica Steffens.
San Jose State - Katie Buzzetta, Kathryn Hannum, Adriana Vogt, Allie Stewart.
Stanford - Amber Oland 5; Kate Baldoni 1
San Jose State - Meagan Minson 11.