Third-ranked Stanford women's water polo returns to action this weekend after its two-week break for final exams, traveling to San Diego for games at No. 13 UC San Diego and No. 20 San Diego State.
Stanford visits UC San Diego Sunday at 1 p.m. then finishes the trip Monday at 4 p.m. at San Diego State.
The Cardinal (13-0, 1-0 MPSF) swept Loyola Marymount and Fresno Pacific in Fresno two Saturdays ago in its most recent action, and this weekend's trip to San Diego will serve as a tuneup for March 30's big MPSF clash with No. 1 USC at Avery Aquatic Center.
Stanford boasts four players tied for the team lead with 26 goals, as Annika Dries, Ashley Grossman, Kiley Neushul and Maggie Steffens have paced the attack. Sophomore driver Anna Yelizarova is also over the 20-goal mark with 22. The quintet is a big reason for Stanford's average of 13.93 goals per game, which ranks second in the MPSF.
The Cardinal's goalkeeping trio of Gabby Stone, Emily Dorst and Julia Hermann has seen ample time in the cage, anchoring the defense's 5.93 goals-against average which ranks third in the MPSF.
UC San Diego (17-9) has won four of its last five and is on a three-game winning streak heading into Sunday's contest. The Tritons are led by Sarah Lizotte (53 goals), Jolene Guilana (40) and Alexis Wieseler (37) on the offensive end, while Courtney Miller has made 240 saves in the cage.
MPSF foe San Diego State (13-9) has dropped three of its last five, most recently falling 7-4 to Princeton. Anique Hermann leads the Aztecs with 33 goals, followed by Ioli Benekou with 30 and Caroline Israels with 28. In the cage, Rachel Mitchell allows 7.17 goals per game while averaging 9.05 saves per game.