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Water Polo Team Advances To Championship Game Of MPSF Tournament
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/27/1999

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


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