Cal beats Cardinal in MPSF water polo tournament


Sacred Heart Prep grad Paul Rudolph scored three times but the Stanford men's water polo team saw its season end with an 8-7 loss to California in the third-place match of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament Sunday at UCLA.

The fourth-ranked Cardinal (19-7) held a halftime advantage but the Bears responded with four goals in the third period to take charge.

Ryan Brown scored with 18 seconds left to bring Stanford within 8-7 but Cal (22-4) was able to run out the clock.

The Bears have a slim chance to advance to the NCAA tournament as an at-large team, which would be nice considering Cal is hosting the finals. It would be a tough call, though, considering the Bears lost to UCLA, in overtime, in Saturday's semifinal.

Stanford freshman sensation Alex Bowen, the team's leading scorer with 53 goals, did not participate in the MPSF tournament.

Rudolph scored five goals in the three games, while Forrest Watkins led the way with seven scores.


No. 13 Stanford fell, 26-9, to visiting No. 11 Missouri Sunday in a nonconference match at Burnham Pavilion.

The Cardinal won three of the 10 bouts. Senior -pounder Nick Amuchastegui and junior 133-pounder Ryan Mango, ranked No. 1 and No. 5, respectively in their divisions, both won to remain undefeated in eight bouts on the year.

Sophomore Dan Scherer won the heavyweight match for the Cardinal. Stanford redshirt sophomore Bret Baumbach made his season debut at 165 pounds, dropping a 6-2 decision to 13th-ranked Zach Toal.

Amuchastegui dueled with fifth-ranked Dorian Henderson. The All-American recorded a takedown in the second period and an escape in the third for a 3-0 win. Amuchastegui moved into sixth place all-time on Stanford's career wins list with 102.

Mango recorded a 9-5 decision over No. 13 Nathan McCormick. It was his first win of the season over a ranked opponent.

Stanford heads to the Las Vegas Invitational next weekend.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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