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Stanford Athletics | May 10, 2015

Stanford holds on against Southern California, sets up rematch in title game

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Stanford moved one step closer to repeating as NCAA champions, outlasting Southern California 9-8 on Saturday afternoon in NCAA semifinal action at Avery Aquatic Center.

Stanford (24-2, 6-0 MPSF) has booked a spot in Sunday’s national final opposite UCLA. It’s a rematch of last year’s NCAA title contest, in which the Cardinal defeated the Bruins 9-5.

The title game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET.

Tied 3-3, Stanford built a 5-4 advantage heading into halftime. The Cardinal led 8-5 through three periods and did enough to hold off the Trojans in the final stanza.

Maggie Steffens scored a game-high four goals. Ashley Grossman and Jordan Rainey added two goals while Kiley Neushul contributed one score.