San Jose, Calif.----- San Jose State University recorded its highest finish in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) women's water polo championship placing fourth in the eight-team tournament after losing to #1-ranked Stanford.
The Cardinal (25-1) beat the Spartans (21-13), 15-5, in the MPSF tournament's third-place game.
According to available conference records dating back to 2006, San Jose State's win over #3-seed Hawaii in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinal round on April 29 is the first time the sixth-seed beat the third seed to advance to a championship semifinal match.
Timi Molnar's two goals were tops for San Jose State against Stanford. The first-year player from Budapest, Hungary set a freshman single-season school scoring record with 69 goals, one more than Dani Curran's total of 68 in 2009.
Adriana Vogt closed out the Spartans' scoring against Stanford and in her college career with a 6-on-5 goal with 1:07 remaining in the fourth quarter. The senior co-captain finished with a single-season school record 86 goals and the San Jose State career mark of 245 scores accumulated during the 2008 through 2011 seasons. Her career total is the fifth most in MPSF history.
The offense was more than Vogt and Molnar. San Jose State's 336 goals mark just the third time the Spartans scored 300 or more goals in a season. Allie Stewart (45), Katie Buzzetta (17) and Ally Waasted (16) had personal single-season scoring highs.
Goalkeeper Meagan Minson did her best to keep the Spartans as close as possible against Stanford with 12 saves in the three quarters she played. Minson finished the season with a single-season school record 317 saves and took over the top spot at San Jose State with 740 with her senior season ahead of her in 2012.
San Jose State's 21 wins in 2011 are the second highest single season total, just one shy of the 2000 team that posted a 22-18 record. The Spartans reached the 20-win plateau for the second time in the last three seasons. The 2009 team was 20-14.
Complete MPSF Tournament results are available here.
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Water Polo Championship
3rd Place Game
May 1, 2011, San Jose, Calif., The Aquatics Center
San Jose State (21-13) 0-0-2-3=5
Stanford (25-1) 4-2-5-4=15
San Jose State - Timi Molnar, 2; Ally Waasted, Allie Stewart, Adriana Vogt, 1, each.
Stanford scoring - Pallavi Menon, 6; Kaley Dodson, Annike Dries, 2, each; Melissa Seidemann, Alyssa Lo, Vee Dunlevie, Kim Krueger,Kelsey Suggs, 1each.
San Jose State 16 (Meagan Minson, 12; Lauren Lewis, 4)
Stanford 14 (Kate Baldoni, 9; Amber Oland, 5)
San Jose State 11, Stanford 8.