Stanford junior Madison Berggeren has been here before. It's not surprising she'd take a lead role. Berggeren scored four goals and the U.S. women's water polo team opened the World University Games on Saturday with a 15-4 victory over France.
Berggeren also appeared in the 2015 World University Games, when Stanford represented the United States, finishing fifth overall. She scored nine goals in seven goals and recorded a team high 10 assists.
Berggeren, who attempted six shots, scored twice the first period to help the Americans open a 5-1 lead. Olympian and Stanford grad Kiley Neushul also scored both of her goals in the period.
Cardinal senior Gabby Stone recorded eight saves in the net for Team USA and Stanford seniors Dani Jackovich, who was 2-for-2, and Jamie Neushul each added a pair of goals.
The U.S. meets Argentina as group play continues on Sunday.
Berggersen scored twice on penalty shots. Kiley Nueshul, who led the team with three assists, and Mary Brooks also converted penalty shots.