Stanford 14, Loyola Marymount 6

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STANFORD, Calif. - The top-ranked Stanford men's water polo team advanced to the championship game of the NCAA National Championships with a 14-6 semi-final victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday at the Avery Aquatic Center.

Stanford will play the winner of the UCLA-Princeton game.

The Cardinal, 23-4, jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period on two goals by Matt Moser. Stanford extended the lead to 5-1 at halftime, and then exploded for six goals in the third period to take an 11-3 lead.

Tony Azevedo and Greg Crum each scored three goals while Peter Varellas and Thomas Hopkins added two goals apiece. Endre Rex-Kiss led Loyola Marymount with four goals.

The loss dropped LMU's season record to 20-11.

Loyola Marymount Quotes

John Loughran - Loyola Marymount Head Coach
"I thought we played tough in the first half. We came out flat in the second half and they went on a run and that proved to be the shift in the game. Our goalie (Ian Elliott) had a great game. He kept us in the game in the first half."

Ian Elliott - LMU goalkeeper
"Throught the two years that I have been playing here, I've grown mentally. It was a tough game but it was an important learning experience. Stanford is a difficult team. I played with a few of them on national teams, and they are talented, but not as deep as other teams."

Stanford Quotes

Stanford head coach John Vargas
"I was really proud of our guys, and the way they came out defensively. I was happy with the way they played defensively. Ian Elliott (LMU goalkeeper) did a fantastic job. He is a really good goalie. We were prepared for him but he did a good job. It was great for our younger guys (reserves) to get a taste for what it is like (playing in the NCAA Tournament). It starts with our defense. (preparing for UCLA). We are really going to focus on that and try to control the ball more."

Stanford senior Greg Crum
"If we maintain our defense. we know we will be fine. We need to stay calm and focused (in preparing for UCLA). We know we will be energized. If we can do that and play to our best ability, we'll be fine."

Stanford senior Tony Azevedo
"A lot of times you get into the first game of the tournament, and everyone is excited. A lot of times you get to excited. We have been working and striving for this (winning NCAA championship) all season. It is tough knowing that this will be the last game (Sunday's championship game). This is the most important thing on our mind. We will come out and play as hard as we can."

Stanford Scorers: Azevedo 3, Crum 3, Varellas 2, Hopkins 2, Moser 2, Garton 1, Bury 1
LMU Scorers: Rex-Kiss 4, Reynolds 1, Reilly 1

Goalie Saves: Taylor (S) 6, Stockstill (S) 2; Elliott (LMU) 8

-- Courtesy Stanford