It's make-or-break day for the girls from the Stanford Water Polo Club following their opening round of the National Junior Olympics in Orange County that saw all six local squads drop at least one match.
In the 18U Championship bracket, Stanford A finished 2-1 at Capistrano Valley High. Stanford crushed Viper Pigeon Northwest, 18-1; fell to Huntington Beach Orange A, 6-3; and romped to a 14-3 victory over Sacramento Polo.
In the same bracket, Stanford B went 0-2 following a 14-3 loss to CHAWP White A and a 9-3 loss to Santa Barbara 805 B.
In the 16U Championship division, Stanford A fashioned a 2-1 mark at UC Irvine. Stanford opened with a 10-2 over Alliance, an 8-4 loss to San Diego Shores A and a 6-3 victory over Foothill Red A.
In the 16U Classic bracket at Santa Margarita High, Stanford B went 0-2 following a 10-2 loss to Los Angeles Water PoloClub Red and a 6-5 setback to Santa Barbara 805.
In the 14U Championship division at Mater Dei High, Stanford A went 2-1 on the opening day after defeating SHAQ A by 7-1, losing to Corona Del Mar Blue A, 5-4, and edging NorCal rival Lamorinda, 4-3.
At Santa Margarita High, Stanford B went 0-2 with a 17-0 loss to Rose Bowl Red A and an 11-1 loss to Pacific Polo.
In the 10U co-ed division, Stanford went 0-3 following a 7-2 loss to Back Bay WP, a 4-2 loss to International and a 7-5 setback to Poway at the William Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine. At El Toro High, Menlo Park lost to Newport Beach WP, 17-1, before bouncing back with a 9-7 victory over Rocky Mountain Neptunes.
Action continues Friday and wraps up Sunday in Orange County. The Stanford Water Polo Club will host next summer's National Junior Olympics.