They do not get a lot nearer than this.
Within the lowest-scoring championship recreation since 2009, USC defeated Stanford 5-Four to say the college’s fifth title.
No. 1 USC wins the 2018 NCAA Ladies’s Water Polo title in dramatic trend, claiming a 5-Four thriller over No. 2 Stanford at Uytengsu Aquatics Heart for the sixth Nationwide Championship in program historical past!
— USC Water Polo (@USCWaterPolo) May 13, 2018
It was a sluggish burn at first. Neither crew cracked the scoreboard within the first quarter, and USC did not lead within the recreation till 30 seconds into the fourth.
Even that was fleeting, because the Trojans went forwards and backwards with Stanford for nearly your complete interval. However with beneath two minutes to play, a hat-trick-earning purpose by Denise Mammolito put USC up for good, 5-Four.
Stanford had two possibilities to equalize, however a blocked shot and an offensive foul sealed the consequence, and ended the Cardinal’s shot at a repeat.
The title is Southern California’s first since 2016, and fourth since 2010.
Within the semifinals, USC first dispatched UCLA 10-6, earlier than Stanford withstood a comeback effort and downed Cal. Stanford and USC have received every of the final eight nationwide championships, and Stanford has three of the final 4, together with final 12 months.
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