A trio of Stanford men are ahead of the pack in golf event

Maverick McNealy and Patrick Rodgers each turned in an opening-round 65 Monday as No. 11 Stanford leads the field through 18 holes at the Prestige at PGA West. The Cardinal pair is tied for first while Cameron Wilson's 68 is good for third.

Play at PGA West's Greg Norman Course was favorable for co-host Stanford, which holds an 11-shot lead over second-place San Diego State, with four scorers placing among the top 15.

Tuesday's round for the 12-team field begins at 8:45 a.m. (PT).

Rodgers' output was aided by a tremendous back nine, entering the turn at even before rattling off six birdies on the par-71 course.

McNealy's round played out quite the same. A bogey on the par-4 sixth dropped him back to even, but a birdie on eight and five more on the back nine highlighted the career day for the first-year swinger.

Wilson played the first 10 holes at even-par and notched back-to-back birdies on 11-12 and 15-16. The lone bogey in Wilson's round came on the par-4 18th.

Women's water polo

Senior two-meter Annika Dries of the Stanford women's water polo team was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week on Monday.

It is Stanford's second MPSF honor of the season, as Kiley Neushul claimed the honor on Feb. 3.

Dries scored a team-high 12 goals last week as the second-ranked Cardinal rolled to road victories at Santa Clara, Pacific and UC Davis.

She recorded hat tricks in each win, culminating in a six-goal performance in Saturday night's 17-5 win at UC Davis.

On the defensive side of the pool, Dries helped the Cardinal hold both of its Saturday opponents, Pacific and UC Davis, scoreless into the third period.

Through its 7-0 start to the year, the Cardinal defense is second in the MPSF with just 5.17 goals allowed per game, while Dries leads the Cardinal with 19 goals. Her 2.71 goals per game ranks fifth in the conference as well.

Stanford travels to Irvine to play in the UCI Invitational, opening up the draw Saturday at 8 a.m. against Pacific at Corona del Mar High School.

— Stanford Athletics


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