STANFORD, Calif.- The No. 5 California women's water polo team beat No. 7 San Jose State for the second time this season, 9-8, to take fifth place at the Stanford Invitational. Earlier on Sunday, the Golden Bears lost, 11-6, to No. 3 Stanford in its third game of the Stanford Invitational. Cal went 2-2 in tournament play over the weekend and now sits at 6-3 overall.
"We've had three very, very tough losses," California head coach Richard Corso said. "The loss against Hawaii on Thursday was tough, but we bounced back. We did some great things in each game of the tournament. We went into the tournament fifth in the country, and we came out fifth in the country and with three great learning situations. We're going to keep on getting better."
In the morning game, the Cardinal capitalized a successful second period when it scored five goals and shut out the Golden Bears. With the exception of the second stanza, the rivals matched each other goal for goal, each scoring two goals in three periods.
The Bears were constantly firing on the Stanford goal, which forced Cardinal goalie Amber Oland to make 17 saves in goal. Cal senior keeper Heather Stuart had eight stops between the posts Sunday morning. Senior defender Molly Hayes had a team high of three goals with sophomore utility Darby Anderson, senior defender Katya Eadington and junior two-meter Paige Lorenz each contributing one.
The Golden Bears played for fifth place in the competitive Stanford Invitational on Sunday afternoon against No. 7 San Jose State, which Cal defeated 9-7 on Feb. 2. Cal outscored the Spartans in the first half, 4-1, and shut out the SJSU offense completely in the second period. San Jose State came back with a vengeance to open the second half and scored three goals to Cal's one.
The Bears could not hold onto their 5-4 lead in the fourth quarter and gave up three goals to the Spartans while scoring two of their own to force overtime. Each team posted a goal in the first overtime period but Cal closed in on SJSU in the second period to score the game-winning goal and take the 9-8 victory.
Reynolds paced the Bears with three goals against the Spartans. Stuart had 10 saves.
The Golden Bears have two weeks off from competition before heading to the UCI Tournament, which begins Feb. 23.
Score by period 1 2 3 4 F California 2 0 2 2 6 Stanford 2 5 2 2 11California goals: Molly Hayes 3, Darby Anderson 1, Katya Eadington 1, Paige Lorenz 1
Stanford goals: Silver 4, Blyleven 3, Gauthier 2, Hillman 2, Eaton
California saves: Heather Stuart 8
Stanford saves: Oland 17
Score by period 1 2 3 4 OT1 OT2 F San Jose State 1 0 3 3 1 0 8 California 2 2 1 2 1 1 9San Jose State goals: Harberts 3, McKee 2, Iglesias 1, Moss 1, Torres 1
California goals: Grace Reynolds 3, Darby Anderson 1, Remy Champion 1, Meghan Corso 1, Katya Eadington 1, Camille Hewko 1, Paige Lorenz 1
San Jose State saves: Adama 10
California saves: Stuart 10