NCAA Women's Water Polo Semifinal: California Golden Bears fall to Stanford Cardinal, 12–8

Golden Bears are playing for a spot in the National Championship game this afternoon. - Cal Women's Water Polo Facebook

For the 4th and final time this season, it is the Big Splash matchup, between Cal and 'Furd. This time, it is for the right to play for the national title tomorrow.

Full replay of the semifinal match is available below:

Bears face host USC in 3rd place game today at 3:30 PM. Third place does sound better than fourth place.

GO BEARS!

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(4th seed) No.3 California Golden Bears vs. No.1 Stanfurd Cardinal - NCAA Semifinals

When: 3:30 PM (might be slightly delayed due to earlier matches)

Live Stream: NCAA.com

Game Updates: Twitter (@CalWWPolo)

Friday Recap (Bears' game is talked about in the 2:54 mark):

Bears took care of Arizona State 7-4 in the quarterfinals on Friday. Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead and never looked back despite ASU controlling the tempo of the game, especially in the 2nd half when only 2 goals (1 apiece) were scored.

Cal 7, Arizona State 4

ASU 1 2 1 0 - 4

Cal 2 4 0 1 - 7

ASU Goals: Liz Kreek 2, Ao Gao, Petra Pardi

Cal Goals: Roser Tarrago 2, Dora AntalAnna IllesEmily LoughlinKelly McKeeTiera Schroeder

ASU Saves: E.B. Keeve 14

Cal Saves: Madeline Trabucco 5

Full Replay is also available from NCAA.com:

Today's Big Splash rematch would be the 4th match of the season between Cal and top ranked 'Furd. Bears have suffered 14-8, 9-6 (official Big Splash), and 13-6 (MPSF semi two weeks ago) losses already.

Could 4th time be the charm for the Bears, who were really only competitive against Furd in the official Big Splash this year? 'Furd got an easy 18-2 win over Indiana (who had to win a play-in game to make the final 8 teams tournament down in LA, hosted by USC, this weekend) yesterday. Furd are 29-1 on the year, suffering a lone loss 9-6 loss to UCLA early in the season (so they are vulnerable, sort of).

The winner/loser will take on the corresponding teams of the other matchup: No.2 UCLA vs. No.4 USC in the title/3rd place game tomorrow.

GO BEARS!

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