Cardinal returns to Nor Pac Conference championship game

Shannon Herold and Lauren Becker scored in the first eight minutes and the 10th-ranked Stanford field hockey team downed Longwood, 5-0, Friday in a semifinal of the Nor Pac tournament in Lynchburg, VA.

The Cardinal (16-4) advances to Saturday's championship match Saturday against Liberty (16-4), which downed UC Davis, 6-0, in the other semifinal. The Aggies were one of the teams that beat Stanford this year.

The title tilt is a rematch of last year's championship game, with Stanford earning a 3-0 victory last year. The Cardinal has won five of the past six conference titles.

The Cardinal dominated play on both sides of the field, outshooting Longwood by a 20-4 margin and holding an 11-2 penalty corner advantage. Five Stanford players scored a goal, all in the first half, as the Cardinal recorded its 10th shutout on the season.

Herold got the Cardinal going against Longwood (9-12) with a goal in the seventh minute. It was her second goal of the year, both game-winners.

Becker followed with a goal of 1:24 later to give Stanford a 2-0 lead eight minutes into the game.

Hope Burke scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season at 15:57, finding the back of the cage off a cross from Courtney Haldeman.

Clemence Couteau followed with her fifth goal on the year in the 23rd minute, converting off a long pass from Canadian national team member Maddie Secco.

Haldeman added a goal in the 33rd minute, redirecting a shot from U.S. national team member Kelsey Harbin, to give the Cardinal a comfortable 5-0 lead going into halftime. Haldeman finished with a team-high three points on the day.

Dulcie Davies made two saves, while Longwood's Kaye Goulding recorded nine stops.


Liberty, on an 11-match winning streak, is led by Natalie Barr with 45 points on 17 goals and 11 assists, followed by Serena Barr (26, 9-8) and Ashlee Krulock (23, 10-3).

Ann Jefferis has logged a majority of minutes in goal and holds a 0.95 goals-against average and .754 save percentage.

The Lady Flames are in their third season as a program.

Women's volleyball

Rachel Williams reached a personal milestone and sixth-ranked Stanford accomplished a first in Friday night's 25-19, 25-15, 25-20 victory over host Colorado in a Pac-12 Conference match.

Williams had eight kills, four blocks and three digs for the Cardinal (10-3 in the Pac-12, 17-5 overall), which became the first road team to win in Boulder this season. Williams surpassed 700 digs for her career.

Stanford travels to Salt Lake City for a Pac-12 Sunday afternoon affair with Utah.

Sophomore middle blocker Inky Ajanaku hit .667 in the match, recording 10 kills on 12 attempts with two errors. She also recorded four blocks for the Cardinal.

Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat added 10 kills and led the team with five blocks, sophomore setter Madi Bugg had 35 assists, and junior libero Kyle Gilbert had a match-high 15 digs.

Men's water polo

Bret Bonanni scored four goals and No. 4 Stanford used a big second half to down host UC Irvine, 18-6, on Friday night.

Stanford (15-4, 4-1) play a nonconference game at Chapman on Saturday.

UC Irvine took an early lead but the Cardinal scored five straight before the Anteaters rebounded and cut the deficit to 8-5 by halftime.

Stanford took over in the third period with seven consecutive goals and extending the lead to 10 before UCI would get on the board near the end of the period.

— Stanford Athletics


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