waterpolo-women-nc flag

NCAA.com | May 13, 2018

USC women's water polo wins fifth national title, 5-4 over Stanford

2018 NC Women's Water Polo Championship: Championship Recap

They don't get much closer than this.

In the lowest-scoring championship game since 2009, USC defeated Stanford 5-4 to claim the school's fifth title.

It was a slow burn at first. Neither team cracked the scoreboard in the first quarter, and USC didn't lead in the game until 30 seconds into the fourth.

Even that was fleeting, as the Trojans went back and forth with Stanford for almost the entire period. But with under two minutes to play, a hat-trick-earning goal by Denise Mammolito put USC up for good, 5-4. 

Stanford had two chances to equalize, but a blocked shot and an offensive foul sealed the result, and ended the Cardinal's shot at a repeat.

The title is Southern California's first since 2016, and fourth since 2010.

In the semifinals, USC first dispatched UCLA 10-6, before Stanford withstood a comeback effort and downed Cal. Stanford and USC have won each of the last eight national championships, and Stanford has three of the last four, including last year.

MORE: Bracket  | Previous winners 

Scroll below to relive the championship game in real time:

The oldest rivalries in DI women's volleyball

Division I women's volleyball became an NCAA-sanctioned sport in 1981. But some of the sport's fiercest rivalries began long before that year.
READ MORE

Where Keira Goerl's WCWS no-hitter could have ended — but didn't

Keira Goerl threw the only no-hitter in WCWS championship-game history to win the title over Cal in 2003. Here is how it happened.
READ MORE

Rachel Garcia tells the story of an emotional — but fairytale — 2019 season

Rachel Garcia took home National Player of the Year, the Honda-Broderick Cup, and the national championship in 2019. But she also had her Papa watching over her as she did it. Garcia tells the story of her roller-coaster season.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners