Uploaded: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 3:16 PM
Updated: Sunday, October 21, 2012, 12:21 AM
Big Splash turns into Big Flop for Stanford
|The No. 4 Stanford men's water polo team got off to a good start but failed to maintain it in losing, 14-8, in Saturday's Big Splash, to No. 7 California in Berkeley.
Stanford (8-4, 2-2 MPSF) returns to action Sunday at Santa Clara's Rodeo Tournament, taking on Bucknell at 8 a.m. and Air Force at 12 p.m.
Alex Bowen scored three times for the Cardinal, which took a 3-1 lead within six minutes and led 4-3 after the opening period. Bret Bonanni scored twice while Conner Cleary and Nick Hoversten added second-half goals.
Things started brightly for Stanford Saturday, as Bowen opened the scoring with a five-meter penalty shot at 6:01 after Hoversten drew the penalty. The goal started a 43-second stretch in which the teams netted a combined three goals, as Matt Russell equalized for California (10-6, 1-2 MPSF) followed by Bowen's second which put the Cardinal back in front at 5:18.
Cleary would double the Cardinal advantage three minutes later, fighting through a pair of defenders at two meters to push his effort past California goalie Jon Sibley.
California would fight back to tie thanks to goals from Giacomo Cupido, but Bowen would net his third on the 6-on-5 just before the end of the frame, giving Stanford a 4-3 lead after the opening period.
Yet despite the lead, the momentum would escape the Cardinal's grasp, as its offense would be shut out in the second period while California went on to score four times to take a 7-4 lead.
California's Collin Smith, who would lead all players with six goals Saturday, opened the second half with a 6-on-5 goal, capping a 5-0 Golden Bear run and putting Stanford in an 8-4 hole.
Hoversten fought for a goal from two meters to bring the Cardinal back within three with 5:39 to go, and Bonanni fired home from the perimeter to make it 8-6 at 3:57. Things were looking up for the Cardinal but California would dash any comeback hopes by scoring three times over the period's final 2:47, Smith providing two of those.
Bowen and Bonanni would score for Stanford in the fourth period but it would not be enough, as the Cardinal dropped its third straight Big Splash.
Stanford posted a clean sweep with victories in each of Saturday's nine events during the 21st annual Pacific Invitational held at the Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex.
Stanford only competed on the latter of the two-day event, but totaled 1,063 points which ranked second among the four-team field. Pacific (1,079) finished ahead of the Cardinal, BYU (681) and UC Santa Cruz (179).
Gary Umbach notched a pair of individual victories while contributing to a first-place relay effort in Stanford's season opener.
"There were some very good and competitive swims by our team including several top collegiate times to date," Stanford Goldman Family Director of Men's Swimming Ted Knapp said. "All in all, it was very encouraging for this time of year considering the workload the team is dealing with. The performances by our relays were indicative of a great team attitude."
The Cardinal returns to competitive action with its Nov. 2 home opener against Wisconsin at the Avery Aquatic Center.
Stanford's A-unit (Aaron Wayne, Ben Lovell, Jeff Garnier and Jack Lane) opened the day by going 1:23.10 to win the 200 free relay, finishing ahead of Andrew Saeta, Sean Duggan, Cole Davis and Christian Brown, who teamed for second-place honors in 1:23.52.
Umbach (1:48.58) won the 200 fly in front of Mack Montgomery (1:48.84) and Tom Kremer (1:49.98) as Stanford claimed the top seven spots in the event.
The 100 free was just as fruitful for the Cardinal, who staked the first nine slots in the event with Wayne (43.65) coming out on top. Saeta (44.60) was second in front of Duggan (45.57).
Nine Cardinal swimmers filled the top nine spots in the 200 individual medley with Lane picking up the win in 1:50.88. Umbach was close behind in 1:50.97 and Will Gunderson (1:51.11) took third.
David Nolan (4:24.50), Danny Thomson (4:26.68) and Montgomery (4:30.42) were the first three Stanford swimmers to finish the 500 free as the Cardinal dominated the event by capturing the first 12 slots in the standings.
Matt Thompson (1:46.03) won the 200 back as Matthew Swanston (1:46.99) took silver. Gunderson (1:48.31) was third.
The 200 breast title went to Mason Shaw (2:01.91), who touched in front of second-place Gunderson (2:05.57) and third-place Robert Hommel (2:06.89).
Umbach's second win on the day came behind the strength of a 49.07 in the 100 fly, edging out Kremer (49.70) and Swanston (50.50) among the trio of top-finishing Cardinal.
Capping off the season-opener with a victory in the 800 free relay was the quartet of Hommel, Nolan, Chris Pickard and Thomas Stephens in 6:33.54. Stanford took the next three spots in the race with respective times of 6:34.24, 6:49.61 and 6:52.41.
Lauren Becker scored twice to lead No. 14 Stanford past UC Davis 4-2 on Saturday night, helping the Cardinal secure the conference's regular-season West Division title.
The Cardinal (11-6, 5-0 NorPac) remained unbeaten through league play so far, with Tuesday's contest against California representing the final regular season game on the schedule.
Stanford held advantages in shots (9-7) and penalty corners (5-3). The Cardinal swept the season series against UC Davis (6-10, 2-2 NorPac), also defeating the Aggies 5-0 back on Oct. 5.
Becker's goal in the fourth minute came off a redirect following a shot from Kelsey Harbin and one-touch from Becky Dru.
Shannon Herold gave Stanford a 2-0 lead at halftime, centering a cross pass from Maddie Secco at the 33:22 mark.
After Nadia Namdari's goal in the 39th minute brought UC Davis to within 2-1, Becker struck again for her second goal in the 55th minute following a quick pass from Katie Mitchell.
UC Davis sliced the lead to 3-2 just two minutes later following a goal from Jamie Garcia.
Stanford added an insurance goal in the 67th minute, with Dru finding the cage and Elise Ogle providing the assist.
The Cardinal hosts California on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m.
Stanford's women's golf team had another strong showing at the Stanford Intercollegiate hosted by Condoleezza Rice Saturday, firing a second-round 290 (289-290, +11) and leaving the Cardinal eight strokes behind first-place USC. Playing under sunny skies on Stanford's par-71, 6,082-yard course, the Cardinal received solid efforts from the lineup one through five.
"I think we played well, very consistent; plus-six today, plus-five yesterday," said Margot and Mitch Millias Director of Women's Golf Anne Walker. "We had a very tough two-hole stretch at five and six and that's where we lost a lot of shots. Overall I thought it was great. I loved the way be fought back to get back into the tournament."
Lauren Kim and Mariko Tumangan led the team, finishing one-over after rounds of 72. Kim played consistent golf, minimizing mistakes on the way to a round that included one birdie and 15 pars. Tumangan overcame a triple-bogey on seven, making four birdies and 11 pars to finish tie for 20th.
Kim has a share of 15th with fellow freshman Mariah Stackhouse, who shot a second-round 74. The freshman from Riverdale, Ga. is three-over for the weekend, six strokes behind first-place Kyung Kim of USC.
"I think I played solid tomorrow and there were a couple of holes that didn't go my way," said Kim. "Hopefully that will even out tomorrow. Breaking the top-ten would be awesome. That's one of my goals this season and hopefully I'll do it tomorrow and keep playing well."
Sally Watson followed a first-round 74 with a 73 (147, +5) and sits in a four-way tie for 32nd with Marissa Mar and two others. Mar matched Watson's scores for the first two days and made four birdies in the second round.
Stanford's men's golf team moved into a tie for ninth after two rounds at the U.S. Collegiate after a second-round 289. The Cardinal bettered it's first-round score by 17 strokes at The Golf Club of Georgia's Lakeside Course Saturday.
Stanford's Patrick Rodgers led the Cardinal, carding a second round 72 after shooting 70 Friday (142, -2). The sophomore is in fourth place, three strokes behind Oklahoma State's Taylor Gooch.
David Boote is tied for 21st after shooting 75-72 (147, +3).
Cameron Wilson, in his first competition of the season, is tied for 29th after shooting 79-69 (148, +6). His second-day score matched Saturday's low.
Dominick Francks is tied for 71st. The freshman shot 82-76 (+14) in his second collegiate competition.
Senior Steve Kearney carded rounds of 83-80 (+19), good for a share of 76th.
— Stanford Athletics
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