Womens Water Polo

Stanford 12, New York AC 11

Date of competition: Sunday, July 26, 2009

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The Stanford Water Polo Club made some history by beating the New York Athletic Club, 12-11 in overtime, in the championship game of the USA Water Polo Women's National (20-over) Championships on Sunday in Stockton. For the first time in club history, Stanford swept national titles in the 20-over and 20-under tournaments in the same season.

Stanford trailed in the title game until tying the match at 9 to send it to a pair of mandatory overtimes. New York AC scored first in the first OT before Stanford's Kelly Eaton deadlocked it at 10. Eaton, the former Menlo-Atherton High standout and current Stanford varsity player, later was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

With the match in the second overtime, Stanford grabbed a brief lead when Melissa Seidemann scored at the hole position. NYAC tied it with a penalty shot for an 11-11 match before Seidemann wrapped things up with a backhanded goal from two meters with just 16 seconds left in the second OT period.

Stanford went 7-0 in the tournament, matching the record of the 20-under team that won its title last Thursday in Stockton. Nine players competed on both championship squads for Stanford, which was coached by Susan Ortwein in both tournaments.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Jul 26, 2009 at 8:31 pm

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