#10-Spartans Lose MPSF Opener To #2-Stanford, 15-4

Stanford, Calif.-----#2-Stanford University scored the first three goals of the match and pulled away for a 15-4 win over #10-San Jose State University in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's water polo match at the Avery Aquatic Center.

            Freshman Rae Lekness was the only Spartan to score more than once. Her first goal of the match stopped the Cardinal's early scoring spree to cut the deficit to 3-1. Lekness' third-quarter goal left the Spartans trailing 9-3.

            Freshman Bianca Seyfert and junior Rachel Henry scored San Jose State's (8-6, 0-1 MPSF) other two goals.

            "Even though the score was the same as the first time, I thought we played a lot better. This game was played at a much higher level," San Jose State coach Lou Tully said about the second meeting between the teams this season. Stanford won the first meeting during the Stanford Invitational.

            "Defensively, we're played pretty well. I'm seeing some nice improvement. It was not enough today (against the number-two team in the country), but we're going in the right direction."

            Maddie Reardon was credited with six saves playing the first three quarters of the match. Heading into the fourth quarter, San Jose State trailed, 11-3, and freshman Melanie Merritt finished the match in goal for the Spartans and allowed four Stanford scores.

            Kiley Neushul and Annika Dries of Stanford (14-1, 2-0 MPSF) led all players in scoring with three goals each.

  1 2 3 4 Total
#10-San Jose State (8-6, 0-1 MPSF) 1 0 2 1 4
#2-Stanford (14-1, 2-0 MPSF) 4 4 3 4 15
           

Goal Scoring

San Jose State - Rae Lekness, 2; Bianca Seyfert, Rachel Henry, 1, each.

Stanford - Annika Dries, Kiley Neushul, 3, each; Jillian Garton, Maggie Steffens, 2, each; Kaitlyn Lo, Alexis Lee, Kaley Dodson, Lexie Ross, Melissa Seidemann, 1, each.

Goalkeeper Saves

San Jose State - Maddie Reardon, 6; Melanie Merritt, 1.

Stanford - Gabby Stone, 9.

Ejections

San Jose State - 8

Stanford - 7