March 5, 2013
The Loyola Marymount 2004 women's water polo team who advanced to the NCAA National Championship and finished ranked second in the nation was inducted into the Loyola Marymount University Hall of Fame this past weekend. Stacia Peterson, a former standout Mundelein High School swimmer and water polo player, was honored along with her teammates. They remain the only team in LMU history to advance to an NCAA Final Championship game in any sport.
Peterson, a 3-time Collegiate Women's Water Polo All-American, 2007 WWPA Player of the Year an ACWPC All-Academic first team member each year from 2003 through, 2007 and CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2007, scored the winning goal with seconds left against Stanford University at Stanford. LMU went on to play USC for the championship but fell to the powerhouse team by two goals.
Descripton of game winning goal "STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford was stunned by Loyola Marymount after sophomore utility Stacia Peterson found the back of the cage with no time remaining to lift the Lions to their first ever championship game appearance. On the last possession of the game, Stanford's Kelty Luber was ejected with 0:26 left, givng LMU a 6-on-5 opportunity in which Peterson lofted a lob over the head of tight defense by Wendy Watkins and past goalkeeper Meredith McColl to win the game 5-4 at Avery Aquatics Center."
In her last season in 2007, Peterson finished with 66 goals, tied for the third most in a single season in program history. In her career, Peterson finished with 227 goals, second most in the 10 years of the program. She also played in 137 games in her career (most by any player), 134 kicks-outs drawn and 26 assists. She is just the fifth player in LMU history to play in four NCAA tournaments. She made trips to the NCAAs in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007.
Peterson is currently a third year student at John Marshall Law and clerks for Morici, Figlioli & Associates in Chicago.
2013 LMU Hall of Fame: http://www.lmulions.com/trads/loyo-hall-of-fame.html
Record Book: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/loyo/sports/w-wpolo/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/WWP-Record-Book.pdf
All-American Status: http://www.lmulions.com/trads/loyo-all-americans.html
Academic All-American Status: http://www.lmulions.com/sports/w-wpolo/spec-rel/award-winners.html
LMU Beats Stanford -- 2004: http://www.lmulions.com/sports/w-wpolo/recaps/050804aaa.html
LMU Ranked #2 in Nation: http://www.lmulions.com/sports/w-wpolo/spec-rel/051704aaa.html