Stanford, Calif. The No. 8 San Jose State University water polo team concluded its regular season with a 12-8 loss to the No. 1 Cardinal of Stanford on Saturday, April 21. Sophomore Juliet Moss posted three goals for the Spartans in the loss to bring her regular season total to a team-high 46 goals. The loss drops San Jose State’s record to 14-11 overall and 6-6 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Cardinal concludes the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record in the conference and a 23-1 overall record.
The Spartans’ defense was solid through the first three quarters of play. They held the Cardinal to just six goals and added four of their own to keep the score close. Kendra Adama made six saves in the game to bring her save total to 225 on the season. It was not until the fourth quarter that the Cardinal broke the match open with six goals in the eight-minute period to come away with the win.
The game began with a 2-1 lead for Stanford after the first quarter. Katie Hansen began the scoring with a goal two minutes into the match for Stanford. The 1-0 lead did not last long as Moss responded with a goal to tie the game at 3:08. Jacquelyn Gauthier restored the Cardinal’s lead with a goal at 2:27.
The physical game continued in the second quarter. Stanford extended its lead to 3-1 on another goal by Gauthier at 6:43. The lead was cut to within one just over a minute later with a goal by Geraldine Hazlett for the Spartans. Stanford took the 4-2 lead on a goal by Hansen at the end of the period.
At the start of the second half both teams posted two goals to keep the pressure on. Moss led off the scoring with a goal at 5:34 to bring the score to 4-3, but Alison Gregorka regained the two-goal lead for Stanford with a goal at 3:35. Each team posted another goal to head into the final quarter of play with Stanford leading 6-4.
In the fourth quarter the Cardinal out-scored the Spartans to open the gap further. Stanford posted six goals in the period, including two more by Hansen. The Spartans attempted to rally with four goals of their own in the final stanza. Moss picked up her third goal and Hazlett added her second of the game to finish with a final score of 12-8.
With the conclusion of the regular season, the Spartans will next compete in the MPSF Championship held in Tempe, Ariz. San Jose State is seeded sixth in the tournament and will play 11-seed Cal State Northridge at 12:40 on Thursday, April 26.
No. 1 Stanford 12, No. 8 San Jose State 8
STAN: 2-2-2-6-- 12
SJSU: 1-1-2-4-- 8
SJSU - Juliet Moss (3), Deanna Lowry (2), Geraldine Hazlett (2), Beth Harberts (1)
STAN - Katie Hansen (4), Lauren Silver (2), Christina Hewko (2), Jacquelyn Gauthier (2), Kira Hillman (1), Alison Gregorka (1)
SJSU: Kendra Adama (6 saves)
STAN: Meridith McColl (8 saves)
SJSU: 14-11, 6-6 MPSF
STAN: 23-1, 12-0 MPSF