Nov. 27, 1999
IRVINE, Calif. - Jonathan Skaalen and Andy Walburger led a balanced Stanford offense with two goals apiece as the third-ranked Stanford water polo team defeated seventh-ranked Pacific in the semi-finals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament on Saturday at the Anteater Aquatic Complex.
The victory moved the Cardinal to the championship game on Sunday (1:30 p.m.) against second-ranked UCLA. The Bruins advanced in the semi-finals with a 12-9 overtime decision over California.
Stanford led the entire game until a Pacific goal evened the score at 5-5 early in the third quarter. The Cardinal, however, outscored the Tigers, 3-1, for the remainder of the game and held on for the win.
Cardinal freshman goalkeeper Nick Ellis racked up 10 saves in the victory.
Stanford is now 21-4 on the season.
Stanford 1 3 2 0 = 6 Pacific 3 2 2 1 = 8
Stanford scorers: Skaalen 2, Walburger 2, Joy 1, Koleman 1, Nesmith 1, Osborn 1
Pacific scorers: Thaning 2, Tri 1, Esposto 2, Lund 1
Goalie saves: Ellis (S) 10, Johnson (UOP) 9
Saturday, November 27, semifinal round
Stanford 8, Pacific 6
UCLA 12, California 9 (overtime)
USC 15, Pepperdine 3
UC Santa Barbara 6, Long Beach State 5