Stanford scored six times in the opening period, then held on to beat No. 3 seed UCLA 11-10 in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's water polo tournament in Stockton on Saturday.
The Cardinal (21-4), the No. 2 seed in the draw and winners of a season-high 11 straight games, will go for its first MPSF tournament title since 2004 when it faces No. 4 seed USC at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The win also puts Stanford in position for one of the three available spots in next weekend's NCAA tournament, which it hosts.
Earlier, Aleksa Saponjic tallied three goals to lead 10 Cal scorers as the Bears dominated No. 8 UC Irvine 16-8 in the consolation round. Cal (17-8) next faces Long Beach State on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in the fifth-place match.
Long Beach State, coached by former Cal All-American and Olympian Gavin Arroyo, defeated UC Santa Barbara 11-10 in the other consolation match.
Look Quickly kept her record perfect when she rambled to a 13/4-length victory in the $58,700 Golden Gate Debutante at Golden Gate Fields.
The prohibitive 2-5 favorite in the six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies, Look Quickly (4-0) paid $2.80 after clocking a solid time of 1:10.09 under jockey Russell Baze. Miss Success, ridden by Leslie Mawing, took second by a length over Sergeant O'Rourke and jockey Dennis Carr.