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Stanford women's lacrosse sweeps player-of-week honors

Stanford midfielder Hannah Farr and goalkeeper Lyndsey Munoz were named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation after helping the Cardinal go 3-0 on the road last week, including lacrosse victories at No. 11 Towson and No. 14 Georgetown.


Farr, a native of Hillsborough, scored the winning overtime goal to beat No. 11 Towson, 8-7, on Friday, and then caused a turnover and had the ground ball that led to the overtime winner at No. 14 Georgetown, 11-10, on Sunday.

In three games during the week, including a 19-5 win at Fresno State, Farr had four goals, one assist, 10 ground balls, eight draw controls, and caused two turnovers. Farr's winner against Towson came with one second before the first overtime half and stood up as the winner.

Munoz, from Crofton, Md., made a crucial save in overtime to help Stanford win at Georgetown. With the score tied in the first overtime, Georgetown drew a free-position, but Munoz made the save to keep Stanford alive, and the Cardinal won in the second overtime.

Munoz had eight saves in that game, and nine against Towson, for 17 total saves of 34 shots faced on the East Coast.

Football

Stanford has named 35-year coaching veteran Duane Akina as its new assistant coach for defensive backs in an announcement made Monday afternoon.

Akina comes to Stanford from the University of Texas, where he spent the last 13 seasons on the defensive side of the ball and developing an impressive number of NFL defensive backs. Akina has coached three Thorpe Award winners, six Thorpe finalists and 28 defensive backs to have played in the NFL.

Akina's secondary helped Texas rank among the nation's top 10 in pass defense six times and featured consecutive Thorpe Award winners in Michael Huff (2005) and Aaron Ross (2006) to go along with two finalists in Earl Thomas (2009) and Quentin Jammer (2001) and 14 first-team All-Big 12 picks. Eleven of the Texas DBs he has tutored are currently in the NFL. Akina earned titles of assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator during his stay in Austin.

— Stanford Athletics

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