Stanford, Calif.-----#1-ranked Stanford withstood a mid-game rally from #8-San Jose State and emerged with a 16-8 victory in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s water polo match at the Avery Aquatic Center.
The Cardinal (12-1, 2-0 MPSF) ran out to a 7-1 lead early in the second quarter before the Spartans (8-9, 1-2 MPSF) found their offensive rhythm. Consecutive goals by Juliet Moss, Allie Stewart and Dani Curran in a 2:27 span closed out the first half scoring.
“There was a lot of controlling the ball, doing what we do best and having the confidence. We slowed it down. We were passing and we were calm,” said team captain Tanya Torres, who scored twice for San Jose State.
The Spartans got as close as 8-6 in the third quarter after Torres’ first goal of the match, but Stanford regrouped with five scores before the period was over.
“The effort was much better and I thought we played better overall, but there were too many turnovers. They’re the number-one team (in the nation) right now and they definitely proved it,” said associate head coach Johnny Bega, who was displeased with the way San Jose State played against Stanford in a 13-7 loss at the UC Irvine Invitational on February 21.
“We have to duplicate more of our offensive series than we did. For us, scoring eight goals is good, but, obviously, we can’t give up 13 in three quarters and 16 in the whole game.”
Curran and Moss matched Torres’ with two goals. Allie Stewart and Kelly Stewart each scored once for the Spartans.
Meagan Minson played the entire game in goal for San Jose State and was credited with three saves.
“We had great defense. A lot of those goals were my fault. I kept tipping them and they were going in (the goal). Our team did real well on offense. They were putting the ball away. We definitely brought a different team than the one last week when we played them,” said Minson.
San Jose State returns to action, Saturday, March 7, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
San Jose State (8-9, 1-2 MPSF) 1-3-2-0=8
Stanford (12-1, 2-0 MPSF) 4-3-6-3=16
San Jose State Goal Scorers: Dani Curran 2, Juliet Moss 2, Tanya Torres 2, Allie Stewart, Kelly Stewart
Stanford Goal Scorers: Kelly Eaton 3, Alex Koran 3, Melissa Seidemann 3, Kira Hillman 2, Pallavi Menon 2, Koree Blyleven, Lauren Silver, Heather West
San Jose State Meagan Misnon, 3.
Stanford Amber Oland, 1; Kim Hall, 2.