Women's Water Polo
    No. 1 USC Falls In Tournament Final To No. 2 UCLA
    Kami Craig scored three goals for USC in the championship game.
    Kami Craig scored three goals for USC in the championship game.

    Feb. 4, 2007

    PALO ALTO, CALIF. -- The top-ranked USC women's water polo team was upended in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational by No. 2 UCLA, with the Bruins making a late comeback against the Trojans to claim an 11-10 win on Sunday afternoon at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center. USC's overall record moves to 4-1 with the loss.

    The Trojans held a slight lead in the first period, going ahead 2-1 before UCLA tied it up 4-4 by halftime. Again, USC worked ahead, taking an 8-6 advantage into the fourth period, when the Bruins kicked their offense into gear. UCLA managed five goals in the last period while the Women of Troy punched in a pair. The offensive burst from the Bruins stole the game away from USC, which had claimed the tournament title in 2006.

    USC's scoring attack was led by sophomore 2-meter player Kami Craig, who had her first hat trick of the season. Seniors Erika Figge and Brittany Hayes each tallied a pair for USC, with Alexandra Kiss, Marina Mayer and Veronika Bartunkova also scored for the Trojans.

    USC next faces Cal State Northridge for a 5 p.m. game on Thursday (Feb. 8) in Northridge, Calif.

    CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
    No. 2 UCLA 11, No. 1 USC 10
    UCLA 1 - 3 - 2 - 5 -- 11
    USC 2 - 2 - 4 - 2 -- 10

    SCORING:
    USC -- Kami Craig 3, Erika Figge 2, Brittany Hayes 2, Alexandra Kiss 1, Marina Mayer 1, Veronika Bartunkova 1.
    UCLA -- Kraus 3, Ka. Rulon 2, Mathewson 2, Ke. Rulon 2, Belden 1, Kunkel 1.

     

     

    SAVES: n/a