Casey Danielson took four shots off her opening-round 72 and Stanford chipped into team leader UCLA's cushion on Day 2 of the San Diego State Farms Invitational on Tuesday in Rancho Santa Fe.
The Cardinal is second with a 1-under 575 (290-285), four shots behind UCLA (285-286). USC surged into third by shaving 17 shots off its total from Monday, turning in a 281 to sit four shots behind Stanford.
San Diego State's Emma Henrickson leads all players at 7-under.
"The course is a great test of golf, and we're becoming a better team by playing here," said Stanford head coach Anne Walker.
Mariah Stackhouse followed her opening 70 with a 1-over 73 and is tied for seventh, making the Cardinal the only team with three players in the top 10.
Marissa Mar shot a 73, 10 shots better than her opening round, and Mariko Tumangan settled for an 86 as Stanford remained in the hunt for the title.
Stanford made the trip across the Bay to St. Mary's Louis Guisto Field, but Tuesday's nonconference game against the Gaels was postponed before it could be started due to rain.
The game will be made up at a later date.
Stanford's next contest will be Friday at 6 p.m. against Oregon at Sunken Diamond. The Ducks visit for a three-game Pac-12 Conference series running through Sunday.
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced its All-Region nominees for the 2014 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team Tuesday, and Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike was among the four Region 8 selections.
Ogwumike was joined on the Region 8 list by Brittany Boyd (California), Cassie Harberts (USC) and Michelle Plouffe (Utah). A total of 52 players were named nominees over the eight regions, and the WBCA will work from the pool to announce the 10-player All-American Team at the Final Four in Nashville.
Ogwumike averaged 22.0 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 63.3 percent from the field over Stanford's two wins in Ames, Iowa in this past weekend's opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal (31-3) advanced to the Stanford Regional on its home court at Maples Pavilion, where on Sunday it will face either Florida or Penn State.
Stanford diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone will be inducted in the University of New Hampshire Athletic Hall of Fame, as announced Tuesday by New Hampshire director of athletics Marty Scarano.
The induction ceremony will be held June 7 on the campus of the University of New Hampshire.
Schavone, a 1971 New Hampshire graduate, will be joined by seven other inductees in the 2014 class.
Schavone is considered one of the nation's premier diving instructors. The 36th-year head coach has molded the Cardinal diving team into one of the top all-around diving programs in the nation. A four-time NCAA Diving Coach of the Year (1992, 1993, 2007, 2013), Schavone is also an eight-time recipient of the Pac-12 Diving Coach of the Year award (1995 - men, 1995 - women, 1997 - women, 1999 - women, 2000 - women, 2007 - women, 2008 - women, 2013 - men).
In addition to his work at Stanford, Schavone has served as head coach for several U.S. National Teams, including the 1990 Goodwill Games, the 1997 World University Games in Sicily, competitions in Rome and Vienna with the national team in 1999 and the 2006 FINA World Cup in China.
Schavone coached Stanford men and women divers to 30 national championships including 12 NCAA champions and 108 All-America honors. Schavone has coached at least one All-American diver in 34 of the past 35 years.
Meg Lentz and Alex Poplawski scored four goals apiece to lead No. 13 Stanford to a 17-9 nonconference victory over host Cornell on Tuesday.
Stanford (7-1) fell behind 36 seconds into the game before scoring nine unanswered goals during a span of 20 minutes to take command. Poplawski, Lentz, Anna Kim, and Emily Newstrom each scored twice during the run.
The Stanford defense was especially tough, holding Cornell (4-4) scoreless for a first-half span of 24 minutes, 18 seconds. Stanford also pressured the Big Red into 15 first-half turnovers, and allowed Cornell to clear the ball out of its defensive end only five times in 18 tries.
For Poplawski, the four goals were a collegiate career high for the freshman. She extended her goal-scoring streak to eight every game of her Stanford career during her second multi-goal performance.
Lentz, a sophomore who also had two assists, equaled her high of four. Each was against an Ivy League opponent, after first scoring four against Harvard earlier this season. Lentz also has taken over the team season goal-scoring lead, with 15. Freshman Kelsey Murray had two goals and four assists.
Stanford plays its second spring break contest on Saturday at No. 6 Notre Dame. It's a rematch of Stanford's 7-6 victory in the first round of the 2013 NCAA tournament, Stanford's first ever in NCAA play. Notre Dame is the highest-ranked team on Stanford's schedule and the Cardinal's final nonconference opponent before playing the bulk of its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation schedule.