PALO ALTO, Calif. - The women's water polo team fell to Stanford, 19-9, in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal round at the Avery Aquatic Center.
An early lead for Stanford kept the Cardinal in front for the entirety of the match as the Tigers' season would come to a close on Friday afternoon.
The Tigers end their year with an overall record of 18-9. Stanford's postseason continues as they improve their overall to 21-2.
Pacific vs. Stanford (NCAA Quarterfinal Round) - In Case You Missed It:
- Pacific battled it out with the MPSF runner-ups but would fall behind early as the Cardinal opened up a 5-1 lead after the first period. The Tigers came up empty-handed on their first three possessions of the match until a goal by Truly Dorland (:33) in the final seconds of play put UOP on the board.
- The Orange and Black found their rhthym in the second frame scoring three goals in the quarter-two of which came off the hand of Kyra Christmas. Stanford countered with five goals of their own, however, to take a 10-4 lead at half.
- Two goals in the third and three in the final frame kept Pacific in contention but Stanford would eventually pull away for the victory. Pacific matched the Cardinal with 32 shots on goal-17 of them coming in the second half- but would only convert nine of them. They would also convert 2-9 powerplay opportunities.
- Three Tigers finished with two goals on the day: Christmas, Szmodics, Savannah Fitzgerald. Junior Mariana Duarte would also lead the team with two assists in the match.
- A well-accomplished four years for the senior from Hungary, Nagykanizsa native Viktoria Szmodics finishes her time with the Tigers with a career 150 goals.
- The fourth-year attacker becomes the ninth player in program-history to ever record this feat- Mariana Duarte being the last player to record 150 goals in Pacific's match against Cal Lutheran on Tuesday.
- Kyra Christmas' streak of hat tricks came to an end on Friday. The junior set a season-best 12 straight hat tricks during the second half of the season scoring 59 of her total 71 goals during that stretch. Up to this point the Calgary product recorded a goal in 14 straight matches. She finishes her junior year with a career total of 211 goals, 20 goals shy of third all-time in Pacific women's water polo history.