Senior Annika Dries headlined the MPSF All-Tournament Team, being voted Most Valuable Player over Stanford’s championship run. Dries was joined on the team by drivers Kiley Neushul and Maggie Steffens.
Stanford (22-1) captured its fifth MPSF crown and first since 2006 by defeating No. 2 UCLA, 6-5, Sunday in Los Angeles. The Cardinal on Monday also earned the top seed at the 2014 National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Championship, set for May 9-11 at USC’s Uytengsu Aquatics Center on Los Angeles.
At the MPSF Championship, Dries scored three goals over the Cardinal’s two wins, but more importantly was the rock of the defense which played the chief role in defeating the Bruins. With Stanford trailing 5-3 at halftime of Sunday’s title game, Dries and the Cardinal defense buckled down and held UCLA scoreless in the second half, while Dries got the Stanford rally going with a 6-on-5 goal that cut the deficit to one at 5-4.
Overall, the defense held UCLA scoreless over the game’s final 18:08 as the Cardinal overcame the two-goal deficit. Steffens and Neushul were also honored on the All-Tournament Team, scoring six and four goals, respectively, over the two victories.