April 30, 2010
Los Angeles, Calif. - The No. 1 seed Stanford women's water polo team (23-1) overcame a slow start to post a 10-5 victory over eighth-seeded Arizona State in a quarterfinal match of the 2010 MPSF Women's Water Polo Championship at Spieker Aquatics Center on the campus of UCLA on Friday (April 30) afternoon.
Arizona State (16-13) got on the board first when Sarah Harris scored her 37th goal of the season on a penalty shot at the 6:16 mark to put ASU up 1-0. Melissa Seidemann knotted the score at 1-1 on the next possession, scoring her 42nd goal of the year with 5:57 to go in the opening period. The Sun Devils regained the lead on an exclusion goal by Mariam Salloum, her 21st of the year, with 4:25 left in the first. Stanford ended the first period tied 2-2 after a goal by Vee Dunlevie (third of the season) with 1:35 to go in the first period.
Stanford took its first lead of the day on a 6-on-5 opportunity when Jessica Steffens scored her 16th goal of the year with 3:18 left in the second quarter, putting Stanford up 3-2. The Cardinal then pushed their lead to 4-2 on another power play goal, this time by Kelly Eaton (42nd goal of the year) with 1:22 left in the second period. Alyssa Lo scored her 19th goal of the year on a counter attack with just two seconds left in the first half, making it 5-2 Stanford at halftime.
Stanford scored the first goal of the second half on some nifty passing as Steffens found Seidemann in the middle for her second score of the day (6:22) to make it 6-2. The Cardinal got a goal from Annika Dries, her 29th of the year, to extend the lead to 7-2 with 5:41 left in the third period. Dries scored her second goal of the period on a power play with 3:10 left, marking the seventh straight goal by Stanford. Lynlee Smith snapped the Cardinal's scoring run with a goal, her 49th on the season, to make it 8-3 with 1:55 remaining in the third. ASU got a power play goal from Shannon Haas with 30 seconds left to end the scoring at 8-4 Stanford after three quarters.
The Cardinal struck first in the final period when Jillian Garton skipped one past ASU goalie Amanda Young with 7:38 to go. Bonnie Miles answered with a skipper of her own past Stanford keeper Kate Baldoni, her 20th goal of the year, with 5:20 left to trim the lead to 9-5. Stanford scored the final goal of the game for a 10-5 victory when Pallavi Menon scored her 31st goal of the year with 3:26 to go in the fourth period.
Baldoni finished with nine saves in the cage for Stanford while Dana Harvey recorded two saves for Arizona State in the first half and Amanda Young recorded one in the second half. The Cardinal won the first and last sprint of the day.
Stanford advances to face the winner of No. 4 Hawai'i and No. 5 UCLA in Saturday's first semifinal at 1:30 p.m.
No. 8 Arizona State will face the loser of the Hawai'i/UCLA match in the consolation bracket at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.
No. 8 Arizona State vs. No. 1 Stanford (MPSF Quarterfinal Match)
ASU Goals: Shannon Haas, Bonnie Miles, Lynlee Smith, Sarah Harris, Mariam Salloum
ASU Saves: Dana Harvey 2, Amanda Young 1
Stanford Goals: Melissa Seidemann 2, Annika Dries 2, Jillian Garton, Jessica Steffens, Vee Dunlevie, Kelly Eaton, Alyssa Lo, Pallavi Menon
Stanford Saves: Kate Baldoni 9