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Stanford women clinch berth in MPSF lacrosse tournament

Stanford scored 10 unanswered goals to break open a one-goal game on the way to a 15-10 women's lacrosse victory over San Diego State on Friday in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action.

Lucy Dikeou and Kelsey Murray each scored three goals to lead Stanford (12-2 overall, 6-1 MPSF), which clinched a berth in the six-team conference tournament with the victory.

The Cardinal can still gain the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye, holding a tiebreaker over third-place Oregon (5-1 MPSF).

Denver (8-0 MPSF) clinched the No. 1 seed Friday with a 12-5 victory over Cal. Denver will play host to the MPSF tournament May 1-4.

Only the tournament champion is guaranteed a berth in the NCAA tournament.

Dikeou, tied for the team lead with 24 goals, has scored 13 of them in her past four games.

Eight Stanford players scored goals against SDSU (6-8, 3-4), which is fighting for a tournament berth.

Alex Poplawski, Rachel Ozer, and Mackenzie Tesei scored two apiece. Hannah Farr, who shares the team lead in goals, had a goal and two assists.

Defensively, Adrienne Anderson had two draw controls, four ground balls, and caused a turnover. Stanford goalies Lyndsey Munoz and Katie Wiseman combined for 13 saves.

San Diego State scored first, but Stanford answered with four consecutive goals. After the Aztecs closed to within 4-3 with 7:48 left in the first half, Stanford scored 10 consecutive goals over 23 minutes. Kelsey Murray sparked the run off an assist from Laura Klein on a power play.

Stanford continues the road trip with a clash at USC on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a game to be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

Women's gymnastics

Three Stanford gymnasts combined for five first-team All-America honors but the Cardinal saw its season come to a close Friday with a fourth-place finish in Session I of the NCAA Championships Semifinals in Alabama.

The Cardinal recorded a score of 196.600, placing behind first-place Oklahoma (197.500), Georgia (197.300) and LSU (197.100). Michigan finished fifth with a 196.425, followed by Illinois which went 195.800.

It was a season full of accomplishments for Stanford, which finished 25-8 and tied for the third-most wins in program history.

The Cardinal placed second at the Pac-12 Championships, recorded its second-highest team score at an NCAA regional competition (197.275), and qualified to its seventh NCAA Championships in the past eight years and 14th time overall.

Kristina Vaculik, Shona Morgan and Samantha Shapiro each qualified to Sunday's NCAA Individual Events Finals. The trio each earned first team All-America honors.

Vaculik garnered the first All-American awards of her career when she tied for first on bars (9.925), tied for second on beam (9.900) and tied for fourth in the all-around (39.225).

"The most inspiring thing about Kristina was how she bounced back after her floor routine," Stanford coach Kristen Smyth said. "She came back and did great on her next three events. It showed a lot of growth and leadership potential for the future. She's done a great job all year, but I see her making those steps to becoming an even better leader every time she steps out on the floor."

Shapiro and Morgan each scored 9.900 on bars to tie for third and earn the second All-American honors in the event of their careers. It is the first first-team award for Morgan.

"Shona has done a great job since the day she arrived and was great all year," Smyth said. "You couldn't ask for more out of anybody than what she gave. She loves her team and Stanford women's gymnastics. She represented our program better than we could have ever asked for."

Stanford finished the meet with strong sets on bars and beam but it wasn't quite enough to overcome challenging starts on floor and vault.

Men's rowing

No. 13 Stanford competed on its home course for the first time this season on Friday night, coming away with three wins over UC San Diego on the first day of the Stanford Invitational.

The first evening racing for any of the current Stanford rowers, Friday marked a unique experience. Instead of waking up early and getting ready to row, the Cardinal student-athletes spent the day attending classes before heading to the race course.

"We had guys in computer science, mechanical engineering, art history classes, which was a different experience for our guys before racing," Cardinal coach Craig Amerkhanian said. "The evening racing is a good thing, but you could tell it took a toll on the guys after they spent all day taking care of business in the classroom."

The Stanford rowers do practice twice a week in the late afternoon at Redwood Shores, but the conditions on Friday were more difficult than usual as headwinds were at times over 20 mph. The wind made the water choppy and made it more difficult to row.

"The headwind definitely felt heavy, but we are a young crew and managed the race pretty well," said Stanford freshman Ryan O'Rourke. "The harder part was staying focused in class all day and then having to switch gears into rowing mode quickly in the short time we had between class and the start of the races."

The varsity eight was the first of the three races. The Cardinal boat won handily, beating UCSD by over 20 seconds. Stanford posted a time of 6:23.7 compared to a 6:44.1 by the Tritons. It was the second straight win for the Stanford 1V8.

The second varsity eight won by a similar margin. Stanford crossed the finish line in 6:44.5, while UCSD followed over 20 seconds behind with a 7:05.2.

The frosh eight made it an evening sweep for the Cardinal in what turned out to be a closer race than the first two. Although closer, Stanford still had a good advantage at the finish line. The Cardinal posted a time of 6:33.9, 3.5 seconds faster than the Tritons.

"We started out a little slower than we wanted," said O'Rourke. "We were able to make a move 750 meters in and get out a length. We were able to keep it going from there."

The Stanford Invitational will continue with two sessions of racing on Saturday. The morning session will begin at 9 a.m. and the afternoon session at 2 p.m. The Cardinal will be taking on No. 12 Wisconsin in the morning and the University of San Diego in the afternoon.

Baseball

Stanford had the go-ahead run at the plate in the ninth inning, but failed to convert its third straight walk-off in a 3-2 loss to Arizona State Friday in Pac-12 action.

A Friday-night best 1,771 fans were on hand to witness the Cardinal's first loss in its last four games.

"We had a chance to get there," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "We did a good job in the ninth to get a double. We just couldn't get him in."

Tommy Edman led off the ninth inning with a pinch-hit double down the left field line, his second base hit coming off the bench in as many days.

The Cardinal stranded him on a popped up bunt, a strikeout and a ground out to third, as Arizona State evened the series.

Stanford out-hit the Sun Devils, 9-7, and had three players pick up a pair of knocks. Danny Diekroeger, the hero of the last two games, Alex Dunlap and Drew Jackson led the Cardinal with two hits apiece. Stanford fell to 11-8 when out-hitting opponents.

The Cardinal spoiled a quality outing from freshman Cal Quantrill (3-4) in which he allowed just one earned run over six innings. He allowed five hits, walked three and struck out seven.

"We just didn't get him enough runs," said Marquess. "Good enough normally to win."

Softball

A seven-run first inning propelled host Utah to an 8-3 win over Stanford in Pac-12 Conference action Friday.

at Utah Softball Stadium in Salt Lake City. The Cardinal falls to 25-18 overall and to 2-12 in the Pac-12, while the Utes move to 20-19 and 5-11 in conference.

Stanford (25-18, 2-12 Pac-12) outhit Utah, 13-8, but was unable to overcome the early deficit.

Freshman pitcher Madi Schreyer gave up five runs on three hits and could not finish the inning.

Junior Tylyn Wells took over, allowing three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. However, Wells gave up just one run after the first.

Sophomore Kaitlin Schaberg led the team offensively, going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Juniors Leah White and Erin Ashby were both 2-for-4 with an RBI apiece.

Juniors Cassandra Roulund and Hanna Winter also registered two hits and each scored a run.

Stanford and Utah will complete the series on Saturday at 11 a.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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