CAMBRIDGE, MA - Held scoreless for the first 22:20 of the contest, the seventh-seeded Iona College women's water polo team dropped a 20-3 decision to second seed Stanford Friday afternoon at Blodgett Pool in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 NCAA Championship.
Iona was led by senior Alyssa Turza, who scored two goals for the Gaels, while junior Amy Olsen was credited with the squad's first goal of the contest. Junior Marisa Gaynor made five saves in net.
Stanford scored twice early in the match, taking a 2-0 lead on a goal by Annika Dries with 6:46 remaining in the first period. Iona's defense would be able to hold the Cardinal offense for the majority of the period before two goals in the final minute gave the two-time defending NCAA Champions a 4-0 lead after one.
Iona was unable to get its offense on track in the first half, while the Cardinal responded with a six goal outburst in the second period to take a 10-0 into the half.
Stanford would score the first six goals of the third period before Olsen scored the first Iona goal, and her 97th of the season, with 1:40 remaining in the period. Turza would follow with a goal as Iona trailed 16-2 heading into the final eight minutes of play.
In the fourth, Stanford would cushion its lead to 18, 20-2, before Turza scored her second goal of the game with 2:34 remaining in the game.
Stanford was led by six goals from Melissa Seidemann and Ashley Grossman while Dries found the net five times. Goalies Katie Baldoni and Gabby Stone combined for nine saves.
Iona will take the loser of this afternoon's contest between third-seeded UCLA and sixth-seeded Princeton Saturday afternoon at 1:45 pm.