Uploaded: Friday, October 12, 2012, 3:42 PM
Updated: Friday, October 12, 2012, 5:59 PM
Stanford men first, women second in x-country
|The Stanford men were first and the Cardinal women second at Friday's Wisconsin adidas Invitational the most competitive regular-season cross-country meet in the nation this season.
With six top-10 teams and 13 from the top 20 among each of the men's and women's fields, Stanford performed above its national rankings of No. 8 (men) and No. 7 (women).
Twins Jim and Joe Rosa paced the Cardinal men to 135 points over the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course, just ahead of No. 5 Iona with 145, and No. 4 Oklahoma with 166.
Both Rosas were timed in 23:44 over the 8-kilometer (4.97-mile) distance, with redshirt freshman Jim edging Joe, a sophomore, for 17th place. Stanford placed its top five among the first 45 finishers, with Joe Rosa in 19th, Miles Unterreiner in 21st (23:46), Tyler Stutzman in 33rd (23:54), and Benjamin Johnson in 45th (24:00).
The twins have now split their two races this year, after Joe (third) beat James (eighth) at the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 29.
Kathy Kroeger placed fifth to lead four Stanford finishers among the women's top 25. The Cardinal scored 181 points to finish behind only No. 5 Iowa State (109), but ahead of No. 2 Arizona (242), No. 3 Washington (252), and No. 9 Cornell (264).
Kroeger, a senior and returning All-American, covered the six-kilometer (3.73 miles) distance in 19:46, and was followed by teammates Cayla Hatton (14th, 20:02), Jessica Tonn (18th, 20:05), and Aisling Cuffe (25th, 20:08).
Making her Stanford debut was Marissa Ferrante, a junior from Aptos who has competed in international triathlons for the U.S. junior national team. Ferrante was Stanford's the No. 5 runner, in 119th (20:55).
The Wisconsin meet is the last of the regular season for the elite Cardinal runners, who next compete at the Pac-12 Championships on Oct. 27 in Santa Clarita in Southern California.
No. 13 Stanford dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 1 Syracuse on Friday afternoon in a neutral site game at Amherst, Mass.
Facing an opponent ranked No. 1 in the nation for the third time this year, Stanford (9-5) was up to the task early on.
The Cardinal grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the first half and was even at 1-1 heading into halftime.
The game remained scoreless until the 56th minute, when Syracuse (13-1) scored three times in an 11-minute stretch to pull away.
Friday's contest represented the latest in a series of encounters against the nation's top-ranked program.
Stanford was edged 3-2 by preseason No. 1 Maryland when the Terrapins scored the game-winner with 24 seconds remaining in double-overtime.
One month later when North Carolina occupied the No. 1 spot, Stanford suffered a 6-2 road loss in a game the Cardinal played without two of its starters, who were competing at the Junior Pan American Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Syracuse held a 14-4 edge in shots while both teams attempted three penalty corners apiece.
Becky Dru scored Stanford's lone goal, converting on a penalty corner in the 13th minute with assists from Elise Ogle and Shannon Herold. It was Dru's seventh goal of the year and fifth in her last three games.
Stanford's challenging road trip continues on Sunday at No. 4 Connecticut.
Stanford Men's Soccer fought through a driving rain to a 2-2 draw with Oregon State Friday night , coming away with a key away point in Corvallis.
The Cardinal (5-5-1, 2-1-1 Pac-12, seven points) remains in third place on the Pac-12 table with seven points, three back of Washington and five back of leader UCLA. Stanford now heads to Seattle for Sunday's 12 p.m. contest at Washington. The match will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
"It was a thrilling game of Pac-12 soccer, we started the game very brightly and were very comfortable through the first half," said Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn. "I was really pleased with how the team played tonight. It was a great performance. We come away with a tie in the end even though it really felt for most of the game that we'd done enough to win it. These games are always going to be tough competitions."
Senior forward Adam Jahn bagged a brace to increase his team-leading goal total to seven. His first of the game came from the penalty spot in the 59th minute and he followed 10 minutes later with a well-placed strike after Eric Verso played him ahead.
"Adam played another great game tonight," Gunn noted. "He's been leading the line well for us all season long and I thought he showed great composure on the penalty and scored a great strike on his second goal."
The teams went into halftime scoreless although the Cardinal outshot the Beavers (6-4-2, 1-2-1 Pac-12, four points) by a 5-2 margin.
— Stanford Sports Information
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