Men's Water Polo
    USC Falls To Stanford In MPSF Championship Semifinal
    Senior James Shin scored three goals in Saturday's 8-5 loss against Stanford in a semifinal match at the MPSF Championship
    Senior James Shin scored three goals in Saturday's 8-5 loss against Stanford in a semifinal match at the MPSF Championship

    Nov. 27, 2004

    (courtesy Stanford Sports Information)

    STANFORD, Calif. -- Tony Azevedo scored four goals to help power second-ranked Stanford to an 8-5 victory over third-ranked USC in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Water Polo Tournament on Saturday night at the Avery Aquatic Center.

    Azevedo, a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic team, scored Stanford's first two goals at 5:29 and 4:42 of the first period. The Cardinal extended the lead to 5-2 at halftime thanks to second period goals by Azevedo, Tyler Drake and Peter Varellas. Chad Taylor collected six saves in goal for the Cardinal.

    Stanford (21-4) will face top-ranked UCLA (23-2) in the MPSF title game on Sunday (11/28/04) at 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on CSTV.

    USC will face UC Irvine in the third-place match at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

    Saturday's Results - Second Round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament Avery Aquatic Center - Stanford University Stanford 8, USC 5 Pepperdine 4, California 3 UCLA 10, UC Irvine 6 Long Beach State 14, UC Santa Barbara 12 (ot)

    Sunday's Schedule - MPSF Tournament Noon - 7th place: UC Santa Barbara (18-13) vs California (19-10) 1:30 p.m. - 5th place: Long Beach State (16-12) vs Pepperdine (15-13) 3:00 p.m. - 3rd place: UC Irvine (16-13) vs USC (22-5) 4:30 p.m. - 1st place: UCLA (23-2) vs Stanford (21-4) (televised live on CSTV)

    Stanford 2 3 2 1 = 8
    USC      1 1 2 1 = 5

    Stanford Scorers: Azevedo 4, Varellas 1, Garton 1, Drake 1, Hopkins 1 USC Scorers: James Shin 3, Thomas Hale 1, Juraj Zatovic 1 Goalie Saves: Taylor (S) 6; Ricci (USC) 10

    Recap: Tony Azevedo scored four goals to help power second-ranked Stanford to a 10-5 victory over third-ranked USC in the semifinals of the MPSF Tournament. Azevedo, a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic team, scored Stanford's first two goals at 5:29 and 4:42 of the first period. The Cardinal extended the lead to 5-2 at halftime thanks to second period goals by Azevedo, Tyler Drake and Peter Varellas. Chad Taylor collected six saves in goal for the Cardinal.