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Stackhouse takes over the lead at NCAA East regional

Stanford women's golfer Mariah Stackhouse shot a 1-under 71 on the second day of the NCAA East Regional in Tallahassee on Friday to move into the individual lead on the Southwood Golf Course.

Freshman Casey Danielson shot Stanford's best round of the day at 2-under 70 to move into 15th place and help the Cardinal move into sixth place.

Coincidentally, Stackhouse was the lone Stanford golfer not to score the same or better in the second round. She opened with a 4-under 69.

The improvement of the other four golfers helped the Cardinal jump into contention for one of the top eight spots, which advance to the NCAA Championships.

Lauren Kim repeated her even-par round to finish with a 144, while Marissa Mar improved five strokes with her 1-over 73. Mariko Tumangan also showed a 3-stroke improvement.

Women's water polo

Kiley Neushul scored four times to pace top-seeded Stanford to an 18-2 win over No. 8 Indiana in Friday's NCAA championship quarterfinal at Uytengsu Aquatics Center in Los Angeles.

Neushul was one of 10 Cardinal goal scorers as Stanford (23-1) advanced to Saturday's semifinal round, where at 3:30 p.m. it will face California. The Bears bounced Arizona State in the opening round.

Along with Neushul's four goals, Annika Dries and Maggie Steffens netted hat tricks with three goals each, Kaitlyn Lo scored twice while Kaley Dodson, Ashley Grossman, Dani Jackovich, Kaitlyn Lo, Sophia Monaghan, Kelsey Suggs and Anna Yelizarova scored a goal apiece. The Cardinal got seven goals in the third period to help put Indiana (23-6) away.

"I don't think we overlooked them at all. There are only three games left, and they've beaten some very good teams in the east," Stanford junior two-meter Ashley Grossman said. "We came out knowing their main shooters and knowing that they'd be very physical on offense. Our 5-on-6 and execution on most of the opportunities we were given helped us prevail."

Stanford took control early when Neushul powered home the game's opening goal on the 6-on-5 after just 51 seconds.

Dries also scored on the 6-on-5, this one coming with 3:44 to go in the frame as the power play would become a deciding factor in the contest for the Cardinal, which converted eight of its nine extra-attacker opportunities Friday.

Stanford also scored on its only five-meter penalty attempt as Neushul cashed in the opportunity.

"I thought we were very efficient with our opportunities," Stanford head coach John Tanner said. "The real story of the game was the 5-on-6."

Maggie Steffens put the Cardinal up 3-0 with 2:42 left in the period before Candyce Schroeder got Indiana on the board at the 1:21 mark. Schroeder would account for both Hoosier goals Friday, but her second would not come until 5:15 remained in the third period, as the Cardinal went on an 8-0 run to essentially put the game away.

The Cardinal defense continued its stifling play throughout, holding the Hoosiers to just one power-play goal over 12 chances. Sophomore Malena Masson highlighted the defensive effort late in the third period, getting good lift out of the water to steal a Hoosier pass and snuff out Indiana's 6-on-4 opportunity.

"We played really scrappy defense. We were active and made a lot of blocks and won a lot of loose balls," Tanner said. "I'm really happy with that, and really happy that that one's done."

Goalie Gabby Stone started and made eight saves over three periods of work before giving way to M-A grad Emily Dorst, who stopped four shots and did not concede a goal.

"They were a very physical team and they tested us on the post-up defense," Lo said. "We're just excited for any challenge that comes our way."

Lo's goal with 10 seconds left in the first period opened the Cardinal's eight-goal run, which was continued with four second-period goals from Grossman, Neushul, Kaley Dodson and Steffens.

Women's tennis

No. 11 Stanford's NCAA title defense started two hours later than expected, but the Cardinal eventually made up for lost time.

Scheduled to take the court at 2 p.m., Stanford and Quinnipiac finally started at 4:15 p.m., only after No. 53 Long Beach State survived No. 21 Tulsa 4-3 in an entertaining four-hour, 53-minute marathon played mostly before a crowd eager to watch Stanford's first step in its journey to repeat as the national champion.

Making its 33rd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the Cardinal (17-2) overwhelmed the Bobcats, who qualified for their first postseason bid in four years.

Stanford quickly and convincingly wrapped up the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead.

Caroline Doyle was first off the court in singles, collecting her team-leading 29th overall victory with a 6-0, 6-0 decision at the No. 6 spot over Ariana Launie in her NCAA debut.

Ellen Tsay put the Cardinal in front 3-0 following a 6-0, 6-0 win over Kelsi Oliphant at the No. 5 position.

The clincher came from Krista Hardebeck at the No. 2 spot, defeating Jacqueline Raynor 6-1, 6-0 for her first win in nearly a month.

Stanford faces face Long Beach State Saturday at 1 p.m. A berth in next weekend's NCAA Championships round of 16 is on the line.

Baseball

Cal Quantrill delivered 7 2/3 innings of four-hit ball, but Stanford could not hold a 2-1 lead as the Arizona walked off with a 3-2 Pac-12 win in 10 innings.

The Wildcats scored once in the ninth to tie it, before Taylor Gilbert's fourth hit of the day, a liner down the left field line with runners on first and second and one out, ended it in the 10th.

A.J. Vanegas (2-3) allowed the game-winner to take the loss. Vanegas came on in the eighth and worked out of a two-out jam, before the Wildcats tagged him for two runs.

Quantrill allowed just one run, struck out five, walked two and held Arizona hitless in his last four innings.

He was forced to come out after Stanford made two errors in the bottom of the eighth to give Arizona two base runners with two outs.

Quantrill had already thrown 107 pitches, so the Cardinal opted for Vanegas to get out of the inning against Scott Kingery, who earlier singled off Quantrill.

Stanford (22-21, 9-13 Pac-12) pulled ahead on timely hitting from Brant Whiting and Zach Hoffpauir. Whiting made it 1-0 in the top of the fourth on a sac fly and Hoffpauir slapped a single through the right side for a two-out RBI in the sixth.

Hoffpauir's single gave the Cardinal a 2-1 lead and was the Arizona native's 13th RBI with two outs this season.

Hoffpauir, Whiting, Taylor and Alex Blandino each had two hits for Stanford. Austin Slater extended his hitting streak to seven games with a sixth-inning double, before scoring on Whiting's sac fly.

Stanford and Arizona are slated to play game two at 6 p.m. Saturday. John Hochstatter (7-1, 1.59) will face Cody Hamlin (5-3, 3.22).

Women's lacrosse

Alexandra Crerend scored three times but the Stanford women's lacrosse team fell, 13-7, to Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday at Notre Dame.

Rachel Ozer added two goals for the Cardinal (14-5), which was hoping to win back-to-back first round matches.

Kelsey Murray, Meg Lentz and Meredith Kalinonwski also scored for Stanford, which made its first back-to-back appearance in program history.

"I hope that we've made Stanford lacrosse a national powerhouse," Stanford senior defender Megan Lerner told Stanford's website, "back to back seasons making the NCAA tournament."

The Cardinal made its fifth overall appearance in the postseason after receiving an at-large bid into the tournament.

Stanford never led in the contest as the Blue Devils scored three goals within the first minute.

"You've got to be ready from the first draw and that happened to us in the past two games," said Stanford coach Amy Bokker. "We've had deficits early in games before. But a lot of credit to Duke, they did a good job of going hard to the net and taking advantage of what we gave them. We dug ourselves a hole and it was really hard to recover."

Lentz scored with 6:14 remaining in the first half, on an assist from Hannah Farr, to close the gap to 4-3.

Ozer scored early in the second half, also on an assist from Farr, to close within 7-5. That would be the closest the Cardinal would come.

During the past four years, Stanford reached the NCAA tournament three times, with the seniors matching the class of 2013 for the best NCAA run in Stanford history.

"We thanked them for everything they've done for our program," Bokker said. "They're part of one of the first classes I came through with. They really worked hard to change the culture of our team and I really give them a lot of credit for that, for their work ethic, and for being a consistent NCAA tournament team. We're really proud of them."

Softball

Stanford was unable to overcome an early deficit Friday as Oregon State evened the season-series at a game apiece with a 12-4 Pac-12 victory in six innings.

The Beavers (17-31, 4-17 Pac-12) came out swinging and put up nine runs through the first three innings. Stanford (30-24, 5-18 Pac-12) chipped away at the lead throughout the game but was unable to produce the runs needed to close the gap.

Despite the loss, a couple Stanford players produced highlight plays including an inside the park home run by Hanna Winter in the fourth inning. The homer came at an opportune time, cutting the Oregon State's lead to 9-4.

Cassandra Roulund had a productive night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple. Kayla Bonstrom also went 2-for-3 with a single and a double.

Madi Schreyer got the start in the circle but was relieved in the first inning when she ran into trouble. Tylyn Wells (2-5) entered the game and got the Cardinal out of the jam but picked up the decision after allowing three runs in the second inning.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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