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Second-Ranked Water Polo Beats Top-Ranked USC
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/20/1999

Sept. 20, 1999

LOS ANGELES - Brian Heifferon scored a match-high four points, including the go-ahead penalty shot in the first overtime period, to lift second-ranked Stanford to an 11-10 victory over top-ranked and defending NCAA champion USC in the championship game of the Southern California Water Polo Tournament at McDonald's Swim Stadium on Sunday.

The Trojans actually scored more goals than the Cardinal, 10-8, but Stanford earned its winning margin by hitting three two-pointers. Heifferon's two-pointer gave Stanford a 9-6 lead with 4:55 left in regulation, though USC stormed back with three goals to send the game into overtime.

A USC goal gave the home team a 10-9 lead in the first overtime period, but Stanford struck back with a 6-on-5 goal by Jeff Nesmith, and Heifferon's penalty shot in the final second of the first overtime. Neither team scored in the second overtime.

The final was a rematch of the 1998 NCAA championship game, which USC won in overtime, 9-8.

Earlier in the day, Stanford reached the finals with a 9-7 victory over UCLA in the semi-finals. Sean Joy's two-pointer with 4:12 left in the third quarter gave Stanford a 7-5 lead that it would not relinquish.

Heifferon, Andy Walburger and goalie Nick Ellis were named to the all-tournament first team. Mark Amott was named to the all-tournament second team.

Championship game

                                    ot
Stanford (6-0)      1   5   1   2   2-0   =   11
USC (5-1)           1   2   2   4   1-0   =   10
Stanford scorers: Heifferon 4 (1, 2-pointer), Nesmith 3 (1, 2-pointer), Dutton 2 (1, 2-pointer), Joy 1, Walburger 1
USC scorers: Babic 3, Basso 2, Csaszar 2, Janov 2, Hewko 1
Goalie saves: Ellis (S) 12, McEvoy (USC) 12

Semi-finals

Stanford      3   2   2   2   =   9
UCLA          1   4   1   1   =   7
Stanford scorers: Walburger 3 (1, 2-pointer), Amott 2, Joy 2 (1, 2-pointer), Dutton 1, Heifferon 1
UCLA scorers: Armato 3 (1, 2-pointer), Brian 3 (1, 2-pointer), Bailey 1
Goalie saves: Ellis (S) 12, Bonderson (UCLA) 6

Sunday's Results

Stanford 11, USC 10 (ot) - championship game
UCLA 12, UC Irvine 8 (third place)
Pacific 6, Pepperdine 5 (fifth place)
California 5, Long Beach State 4 (seventh place)

Saturday's Results

The second-ranked Stanford water polo team advanced to Sunday's semi-finals of the Southern California Tournament at USC with two victories on Saturday.

The Cardinal opened play with an 8-6 victory over Long Beach State as freshman Jeff Nesmith scored three goals, while Todd Snider and Jonathan Skaalen each added two points.

Later in the day, Brian Heifferon tallied three times to lead the Cardinal to a 7-5 decision over UC San Diego.

Stanford           2   2   2   2   =   8
Long Beach State   2   0   1   3   =   6
Stanford scorers: Nesmith 3, Snider 2, Skaalen 2 (1, 2-pointer), Hudnut 1
LBS scorers: Lindstrom 2, Dolley 2 (1, 2-pointer), Jewell 1, Segesman 1
Goalie saves: na

Stanford       3   2   0   2   =   7
UC San Diego   1   2   1   1   =   5
Stanford scorers: Heifferon 3, Hudnut 1, Joy 1, Skaalen 1, Walburger 1
UCSD scorers: Samuels 2, Boettner 1, Mecham 1, Wylie 1
Goalie saves: Ellis (S) 10, Busch (UCSD) 14


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