Women’s water polo beats Cal for the national title

May 17th, 2011

The Cardinal Women's water polo team celebrates after their NCAA championship win against Cal Sunday

The Cardinal women’s water polo team captured the NCAA title with a 9-5 victory against the University of California in Sunday’s final at Ann Arbor, Mich. Senior goalie AMBER OLAND had 11 saves on Sunday, and sophomore ANNIKA DRIES scored five goals.

Senior KIM KRUEGER, and juniors ALYSSA LO, PALLAVI MENON and MELISSA SEIDEMANN each scored goals for the Cardinal in Sunday’s win.

On Saturday, Krueger scored three goals in the semi-final against USC and Oland had 10 saves.

“Between the two seniors, they had their two best games each of their four-year careers yesterday and today,” Head Coach John Tanner said in a post-championship video.  “You talk about saving the best for last and counting on your seniors when you need them. They were unreal.”

The team won the NCAA championship in 2002. With Sunday’s win, Stanford Athletics celebrates its 101st NCAA championship. Read the full announcement on the Stanford Athletics website.