Stanford lacrosse opens MPSF season with win over Bulldogs

Freshman midfielder Alex Poplawski scored three goals as the 19th-ranked Stanford women's lacrosse team beat host Fresno State, 19-5, in its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener on Wednesday night.

Senior Rachel Ozer scored twice and added three assists for the Cardinal (1-0, 3-1), which travels to No. 11 Towson for a nonconference match on Friday.

Freshmen Elizabeth Cusick and Kelsey Murray and sophomore Mackenzie Tesei each added two goals as Stanford beat the Bulldogs for the seventh time in as many meetings.

Murray scored twice with a span of 43 seconds early in the game as Stanford scored the first eight goals to take charge of the contest.

Anna Kim scored the first goal less than three minutes into the game and then assisted on Murray's first goal. Tesei, Kyle Fraser, Julia Burns, Alexandra Crerend and Paige Southmayd also scored during the opening rally.

Lyndsey Munoz recorded two saves in goal before giving way to Katie Wiseman, who had a save in the second half.

Stanford outshot Fresno State, 30-9, and recorded 20 ground balls to the Bulldogs' 14. Fresno State committed 16 turnovers to the Cardinal's 10.

Men's golf

Cameron Wilson, David Boote and Patrick Rodgers were included in the first spring Palmer Cup Ranking for the 2014 event released Wednesday.

Wilson was ranked fourth overall for Team USA, with Rodgers checking in at 11th.

Boote was the 22nd-ranked player for Team Europe.

The top six golfers in the ranking from both the United States and Europe will be among the 10 individuals selected to compete in the Palmer Cup (June 26-28) at Walton Heath Golf Club in Boote's hometown of Surrey, England.

Using Golfstat's NCAA Player Ranking as a base, the Palmer Cup Ranking awards bonus points for wins and high finishes, and a negative bonus for poor finishes.

The ranking also contains a strength of schedule component.

Men's swimming

Stanford opened the Pac-12 championships Wednesday with a third place in the 800 free relay and a fourth place in the 200 medley relay.

The meet continues through Saturday in Federal Way, WA.

Women's basketball

Chiney Ogwumike was named the Pac-12 women's basketball Player of the Year by the media it was announced Wednesday. The coaches honored her for the same award on Tuesday.

Ogwumike, also recognized as Defensive Player of the Year, was a unanimous pick for the second straight year. She led Stanford to a 17-1 Pac-12 record and 28-2 overall.

Cardinal junior point guard Amber Orrange was also named to the all-conference team while Lili Thompson earned all-freshman honors.

Ogwumike is the only player in the country to rank in the top 10 in scoring (27.0, 3rd), rebounding (12.1, 8th), field goal percentage (62.2) and double-doubles (22, 6th).

She is the Pac-12's all-time leader with 1,483 rebounds and needs one more to enter the top 10 of the NCAA's all-time career list.

Ogwumike is 49 points away from tying the Pac-12 all-time scoring record, having scored 810 points so far this season, which is also a single-season Pac-12 record. She is the only player in league history to have tallied 800 points in a season twice.

Stanford opens the conference tournament Friday at noon against either Colorado or UCLA in Seattle.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics


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