No. 5 California Takes Third Place at Irvine Invitational
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/24/2008

Feb. 24, 2008

IRVINE, Calif. - The No. 5 California women's water polo team took third place at the competitive UC Irvine Invitational after upsetting No. 3 USC, 9-8, on Sunday afternoon at Anteater Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears rebounded against the Trojans after losing to top-ranked UCLA, 9-4, Sunday morning.

In the morning game, the Bruins took a 5-1 lead with 3:06 remaining in the first half. The Bears then scored three unanswered goals to get within one goal, 5-4, with 54 seconds left in the third period. UCLA scored four goals in the final period to seal the victory.

California went on to play No. 3 USC in the third-place game Sunday afternoon at the UC Irvine Women's Water Polo Invitational at Anteater Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears struck early and three times in the first period to establish at 3-2 advantage after the first quarter. USC tacked on two goals while shutting out Cal in the second period to bring a 4-3 lead into halftime.

The Women of Troy scored three goals to go up, 5-3, 24 seconds into the third period. Two goals for the Golden Bears tied the match at 5-5 with 5:12 remaining in the third stanza. Each team scored three more times in the third to head into the fourth period tied, 8-8. California's Meghan Corso scored the winning goal for Cal with 4:03 left in the match.

Golden Bear goalkeeper Heather Stuart was exceptional between the post, notching 12 saves for the Golden Bears. Molly Hayes scored two goals to bring her Sunday total to five.

With the win and loss, the Golden Bears now stand at 9-4 overall. California returns to MPSF conference play with two games next weekend at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Score by period	1	2	3	4	F
California	0	3	1	0	4
UCLA		3	2	0	4	9
California goals: Molly Hayes 3, Grace Reynolds 1
UCLA goals: Anne Belden 2, Brittany Rowe 2, Christy Matthewson 2, Gabrielle Domanic 1, Jillian Krause 1, Tanya Gandy 1
California saves: Heather Stuart 7
UCLA saves: Brittney Fullen 11

Score by period	1	2	3	4	F
California	3	0	5	1	9
USC		2	2	4	0	8

California goals: Meghan Corso 3, Molly Hayes 2, Paige Lorenz 1, Darby Anderson 1, Melissa Wheeler 1, Stephanie Schnugg 1
USC goals : Veronika Bartunkova 3, Alexandra Kiss 2, Julie Spataru 1, Forel Davies 1, Michelle Stein 1
California saves: Heather Stuart 12
USC saves: Tumua Anae 8