Water polo rolls Cal, SDSU heading into imposing duel with No. 1 USC April 12, 2016 0 Comments Share tweet Alexa Philippou Senior Staff Writer By: Alexa Philippou | Senior Staff Writer The No. 3 Cardinal women’s water polo team rolled in dominant fashion over the weekend, as Stanford (19-2, 4-0 MPSF) beat No. 7 Cal (19-7, 1-3) and No. 18 San Diego State (13-14, 5-0 GCC) by scores of 13-5 and 14-5 respectively, to stretch its winning streak to a season-best eight matches. Junior goalkeeper Julia Hermann (above) combined for 19 saves in the Cardinal’s victories over Cal and SDSU over the weekend. No. 1 USC looms next in a rematch of a narrow 7-6 loss for the Cardinal a month ago. (RAHIM ULLAH/The Stanford Daily) Five players (Madison Berggren, Dani Jackovich, Anna Yelizarova, Jamie Neushul and Gurpreet Sohi) scored hat tricks in the Cardinal’s two victories, while goalie Julia Hermann added a combined 19 saves. On Saturday, Stanford jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the end of the first quarter — which included three goals from 6-on-5 situations — and never looked back. After a sluggish second period in which the Golden Bears outscored the Cardinal 3-1 and were a pair of goals away from tying the score, Stanford surged with a six-goal third quarter that put the game out of reach. In the fourth quarter, goals from Jackovich and Yelizarova and a shutout from Hermann sealed the deal for the Cardinal, capping their 13-5 win. It was only the second time this season that Cal had allowed an opponent to score double-digit goals. The win marked the Cardinal’s revenge from earlier this season: Stanford fell to Cal in early February, a 5-2 loss that featured the team’s lowest scoring output since 2005. That game is one of Stanford’s two losses on the season — the other being against USC. Similarly to the day before, the Cardinal got off to a solid start against San Diego State on Sunday, with Kat Klass and Neushul scoring two apiece in the first two quarters to give Stanford a 5-2 advantage at the half. The team increased its three-point lead at halftime to a six-point margin by the end of the third quarter, though Stanford finished strongest in their five-goal fourth quarter. Nine players contributed to the team’s goal count against the Aztecs, most prominently Neushul and Sohi, who had hat tricks, as well as Klass, who had a brace. Next up for the Cardinal will be a tough matchup against the undefeated No. 1 USC Trojans (19-0, 4-0). The Trojans eked out a narrow 7-6 victory over Stanford a month ago, but the Cardinal will seek to ride the momentum of their recent eight-game win streak as they try to hand USC its first loss of the season. The game will take place this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Avery Aquatic Center. Contact Alexa Philippou at aphil723 ‘at’ stanford.edu. Anna Yelizarova Cal dani jackovich Gurpreet Sohi jamie neushul julia hermann kat klass madison berggren San Diego State Stanford Women's Water Polo 2016-04-12 Alexa Philippou April 12, 2016 0 Comments Share tweet Subscribe Click here to subscribe to our daily newsletter of top headlines.