Womens Water Polo

USC 10, Stanford 9

Date of competition: Sunday, May 12, 2013

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USC's Ani Espar scored in sudden death overtime to lift USC past Stanford, 10-9, Sunday in the NCAA women's water polo national championship game at Harvard.

Ashley Grossman tied the game for Stanford with less than 30 second left in regulation. Each team scored in the first two overtime periods.

Maggie Steffens, who scored twice, hit the back of the net to tie the game with 10 second left in the first overtime. Melissa Seidemann gave the Cardinal (29-3) a 9-8 lead in the second overtime before USC scored again.

Espar, who played on Spain's Olympic team that lost in the gold medal game to the United States, ended the longest game in NCAA tournament history with her second goal of the contest.

While there are several sports still competing, with the women's tennis team heading to the Round of 16 in Illinois, Stanford may likely go a school year without winning an NCAA team title for the first time since the 1976-77 school year.

NCAA tournament
at Harvard, Sunday
USC 0 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 -- 10
Stanford 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 -- 9
USC: Buckling 4, Rosenthal 2, Espar 2, Mdndoza, McCall.
Stanford: Seidemann 3, K. Dodson 2, Steffens 2, Neushul, Grossman.
Records: Stanford 29-3; USC 27-1

posted by Rick on May 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm

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posted by Palo Alto Online on May 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Video Stanford coach John Tanner talks about his team\\\'s 10-9 loss to USC in the NCAA championship match on Sunday. Video courtesy of The Cardinal Channel on YouTube.com.
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