Womens Water Polo
Stanford 12, San Diego State 8
Date of competition: Friday, February 21, 2020
No. 1 Stanford fell behind 5-2 early, but exerted its strength after a slow start to take down No. 22 San Diego State 12-8 in the opening game of the Barbara Kalbus Invitational, advancing to the winner's bracket.
The Cardinal improve to 10-0 for the fourth straight season.
Stanford responded to the game's first goal with a score from Lexi Rowell, but the Aztecs won the opening eight minutes, going on a 3-0 run to take a 4-1 lead before Hannah Constandse scored in the final seconds ot the period.
Down 5-2, the top-ranked Cardinal stayed calm and locked down its attack, scoring three straight, all from different goal scorers, to even the game at 5-5.
The Aztecs briefly regained the lead at 6-5 before Sarah Klass and Hannah Shabb used a tag-team approach, each assisting on one goal to the other, to give Stanford its first lead of the morning at 7-6.
SDSU tied the game at 7-7 to open the second half, but it was all Cardinal after that, led by first a goal scored, then an assist to Katie Lyons from Sarah Klass, before the third goal of the day from Rowell, a career high.
Klass pushed the run to 4-0 with a minute remaining in the fourth, and the Aztecs netted their final score early in the fourth.
Thea Walsh made a career-high 12 saves in goal for the Cardinal, with a .600 save percentage.
STAN 2 – 5 – 4 – 1 = 12
SDSU 4 – 2 – 1 – 1 = 8
San Diego State: Karli Canale 3, Sydney Hurst 2, Lucia Carbal 1, I. Hastings, Shelby Kraft
Stanford: Sarah Klass 4, Lexi Rowell 3, Hannah Constandse, Kayla Constandse, Chloe Harbilas, Katie Lyons, Hannah Shabb
posted by Rick on Feb 22, 2020 at 3:25 am
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