USC women lose to Stanford, 6-4, in water polo championship

The USC women’s water polo team fell short of a national championship Sunday, losing to Stanford, 6-4, in the title match at San Diego.

The Trojans (23-6) tied the score four times but couldn’t prevent a late push by the Cardinal (26-2) that secured the championship. USC had defeated rival UCLA in a semifinal Saturday to reach the championship match.

Stanford goalie Kate Baldoni finished with 15 saves. The Trojans’ goals came from Madeline Rosenthal, Colleen O’Donnell, Patricia Jancso and Monica Vavic. USC goalie Flora Bolonyai made nine saves.

The Trojans last won a national championship in 2010, also in San Diego against Stanford.

Four Trojans made the NCAA All-Tournament team. Jancso, Vavic and Kaleigh Gilchrist made the first team, and Bolonyai earned second-team honors.

Stanford’s Baldoni was named the tournament’s most valuable player. The Cardinal’s national title was its second in a row and third overall.