Stanford senior driver Alex Bowen joined the elite in Cardinal men's water polo history by scoring his 200th career goal in the championship of the Kap7 NorCal Classic against UCLA on Sunday in Stockton.
Initial reporting after the game credited Bret Bonanni with two third-period goals and Bowen with one. After a video review from the host University of Pacific, it was confirmed that the play-by-play on the score sheet was correct, but the goals chart was off. Bowen scored at 3:36 and 0:32 in the third and Bonanni just once, at 1:42.
Bowen's pair of third-quarter scores were in addition to two first-half tallies. His 6-on-5 goal with 0:32 left in the penultimate period, one which tied the game 7-7, was the milestone score.
Bowen scored nine goals over four games at the tournament and became the first Cardinal since Tony Azevedo to reach 200, and fifth in Stanford history. In addition to the legendary Azevedo (332; 2001-04), James Bergeson (235; 1979-82), Jody Campbell (211; 1978-81) and Wolf Wigo (203; 1991-94) all surpassed the hallowed mark during their careers on The Farm.
A three-time ACWPC First Team All-American, Bowen led Stanford as a freshman in 2011 with 53 goals and 11 hat tricks and was voted MPSF Newcomer of the Year. As a sophomore, the Santee, Calif. native scored 64 goals to finish second on the Cardinal and posted 12 hat tricks to tie for the team lead. His junior season in 2013 included 71 goals and 14 hat tricks out of 20 multi-goal games.
Another stellar season could put Bowen in more elite company. Of the nearly 100 Cardinal All-Americans, nine were bestowed the honor (first, second or third team) in each of their four years on The Farm. That group includes John Gansel (1977-80), Jody Campbell (1978-81), Alan Mouchawar (1978-81), James Bergeson (1979-82), David Imbernino (1983-86), Todd Kemp (1985-89), Wolf Wigo (1991-94), Nick Ellis (1999-2002) and Tony Azevedo (2001-04).