Cardinal men finish water polo season with a trophy

Bret Bonnani scored five times, Forrest Watkins added three goals and the third-ranked Stanford men's water polo team eliminated all doubt early in beating St. Francis Brooklyn, 17-2, in the third-place contest of the NCAA Championships on Sunday at Avery Aquatic Center.

The Cardinal (23-6) scored the game's first 12 goals to take all the drama out of the game, which featured Menlo School grad Scott Platshon, who made three saves, in goal for the second half.

Freshman Drew Holland took care of the first half, recording eight saves as Stanford recorded its best finish since reaching the championship game in 2008.

Adam Abdulhamid and BJ Churnside each scored twice while Alex Bowen, Reid Chase, Nick Hoversten, Jackson Kimbell and Connor Stapleton scored a goal apiece.

Bonanni got the Cardinal on the board just 55 seconds into the contest, scoring on the power play. The 6-on-5 situations would work out well for the Cardinal Sunday, as Stanford went 7-for-14 on its extra-man chances against just 2-for-13 for the Terriers.

St. Francis Brooklyn finally got on the board with 3:31 left in the third period as Lazar Komadinic beat Platshon. Abdulhamid and Hoversten would answer back for the Cardinal followed by Andras Kovac netting the second and final goal for the Terriers.

In the championship match, USC won its sixth straight NCAA title with a 12-11 overtime win over Pacific.

Women's soccer

UCLA, and its All-American defender Abby Dahlkemper, a Sacred Heart Prep grad, helped settle an argument about women's college soccer. The Pac-12 can more than hold its own against the ACC.

Kodi Lavrusky gave UCLA its first national title in program history on Sunday, scoring in the 97th minute to lift the Bruins past Florida State, 1-0, in overtime in cold and rainy conditions.

The Pac-12 has won two of the past four NCAA titles, with the ACC and Big East winning the other two.

It was the Bruins' first national title. They are the third different Pac-12 team to win the title, joining USC and Stanford. All three beat an ACC team in the championship match.

Making a run from the back, Megan Oyster brought the ball down the left side of the field before crossing to the middle. She slipped a pass in front of the goal to Lavrusky, who left-footed the ball into the bottom right corner of the net past diving goalkeeper Kelsey Wys.

It was the first title game decided in overtime since 2002.

The Bruins (22-1-3) finished the season with a 21-game unbeaten streak. They had 15 shutouts during that span, including five of six matches in the NCAA tournament.

For the full story, follow this link: UCLA wins title.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by Blatt
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on Dec 9, 2013 at 10:34 am

Fight On, USC!

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