Uploaded: Saturday, February 16, 2013, 5:08 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 17, 2013, 12:38 AM
Gaels shock Stanford in women's tennis
|The Stanford women's tennis team dropped its first match of the season Saturday, losing to visiting St. Mary's, 4-3, in a nonconference contest.
The Cardinal lost for just the third time on its home court since the 1999 campaign. The Cardinal notched an NCAA record 184-match home winning streak from 1999-2011.
The nearly five-hour marathon ended with Gael Catherine Leduc, a Canadian, rallying for a 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory over Natalie Dillon at No. 5 singles.
St. Mary's, which has won four straight, took the doubles point and proceeded to keep its momentum through singles.
Danielle Flores also rallied to win in three sets, beating Ellen Tsay at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2, to tie the match at 3-3.
Kristie Ahn, at No. 2, and Stacy Tan, at No. 4, recorded easy victories to put Stanford (3-1) in front, and Lindsey Kostas won at No. 6 singles.
Stanford's top player Nicole Gibbs was unavailable because she reached the final of a $25,000 ITF event in Rancho Santa Fe.
Mallory Burdette, who reached the semifinal of the $100,000 Midlands tournament two weeks ago, turned pro following a productive summer and fall season playing on the tour as an amateur.
The Cardinal travels to Florida next weekend to take on Clemson and Florida.
Stanford trails in second at five-over-par 289 during Saturday's opening round of the Peg Barnard Invitational at Stanford Golf Course.
Freshman Mariah Stackhouse led the team with a two-under-par 69 with five birdies placing her tied for second at the start of the tournament.
"I put myself in position to get a fair share of birdies and I had a couple long putts that fell as well," said Stackhouse, who birdied the fourth, seventh, 12th, 14th, and 15th holes. "If I made a mistake, I was able to make it up very quickly. I've been scoring well during qualifying, and I was excited for my mom to come into town and get to watch me play. She and my brother being there definitely meant a lot to me."
California leads after round one at 285 (+1), four strokes ahead of Stanford. Boston College follows the Cardinal in third at 290 (+5).
"Mariah had a solid performance," Stanford coach Anne Walker said. "Lauren [Kim helped the team a lot also after sitting out this week's practice. We're glad to be in a good place and head-to-head with our rival Cal."
Kim, a freshman, is tied for sixth at 70 after recording birdies on the sixth and 10th holes.
Rounding out the field are senior Sally Watson and sophomore Mariko Tumangan, tied for 28th at 75.
Watson started out with an early birdie and had three bogeys a piece in both the front and back nine, finishing the round with a birdie.
Tumangan tallied two birdies and three bogeys during the front nine and headed into the first round with a birdie, two bogeys, and a double bogey.
Making her season debut, Junior Danielle Frasier recorded a 78 while senior Kristina Wong, who played as an individual, carded an 82.
The final round is scheduled for Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on the Stanford Golf Course.
"Tomorrow I'm going in with the same mindset that I've had the past couple of weeks," said Stackhouse. "My goal for today was to put myself in contention, and I was able to do that. Tomorrow I want to play good golf, maintain an even keeled attitude, and see where that puts me."
No. 2 Stanford fell to No. 7 Cal, 154.5-145.5, Saturday at the Spieker Aquatics Complex. Stanford (7-2) saw its six-meet win streak come to an end but now looks ahead to the Pac-12 Conference Championships (Feb. 27-March 2) in Federal Way, Wash.
"Today was a great college swim meet between two strong teams," Stanford head coach Greg Meehan said. "Congratulations to Cal on an excellent performance. I think we learned a lot from ourselves today and the learning process is absolutely going to help us over the next two weeks and beyond."
Cal (1:38.67) posted a win in the 200 medley relay in front of Felicia Lee, Sarah Haase, Maddy Schaefer and Andi Murez's 1:39.69.
Allison Brown (9:55.37) responded with a win for Stanford in the 1,000 free with Andie Taylor (9:57.17) taking second. Lee (53.00) came back with a win in the 100 back and Taylor (1:58.63) posted a silver-worthy finish in the 200 fly. Lee (53.48) was second in the 100 fly.
Taylor went on to win the 500 free in 4:47.88.
Murez (1:45.64) was second and Julia Anderson (1:47.43) was third in the 200 free.
Cal's Kahley Rowell (285.15) was first in the 3-meter event, though Stanford took the next three spots behind the efforts of Stephanie Phipps (284.33), Kelly Markle (279.68) and Lillian Hinrichs (268.20).
The Cardinal was even better in the 1-meter, with Phipps earning the win with 294.53 points. In fact, Stanford swept the first four spots as Phipps was followed by Markle (265.50), Hinrichs (262.28) and Sloane Brazina (257.40).
"We had a good 1-meter showing, and Stephanie was very good today," head diving coach Rick Schavone said.
Katie Olsen (1:00.73) and Hasse (1:01.30) finished behind Cal's Caitlin Leverenz (59.77) in the 100 breast. The 200 breast featured the same order of finish, with Olsen going 2:11.81 and Haase finishing in 2:14.29.
The fastest time in the 50 free was recorded by Schaefer (22.37), who also took first in the 100 free with a 48.99. Murez (49.03) touched second in the 100 free.
Annemarie Thayer (1:56.71) was second in the 200 back and Haase (2:01.51) was fourth in the 200 individual medley.
Murez, Schaefer, Ama and Lee teamed to finish first in the 400 free relay with a 3:16.96.
No. 20 Stanford beat Cal State Northridge, 8-0 in five innings, and CSU Bakersfield, 12-0 in five innings, Saturday, at the Stanford Nike Invitational.
he Cardinal wraps up the Stanford Nike Invitational on Sunday against UC Davis. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Freshman pitcher Kelsey Stevens notched the win in the circle against Cal State Northridge, moving to 4-1 overall. She allowed just one hit and tallied five strikeouts in her second straight shutout.
Senior Teagan Gerhart earned the win against CSU Bakersfield, improving to 5-1. Mia Pagano (1-3) took the loss for the CSUN, while Sydney Raeber (0-1) was the losing pitcher for Roadrunners.
In a matchup of top-5 teams, No. 3 Stanford lost to No. 4 Long Beach State, 25-20, 25-18, 25-11, in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Saturday at the Walter Pyramid.
Brian Cook led Stanford (9-5 overall, 6-5 MPSF) with 10 kills, but the Cardinal attack was held to a season-low .152 hitting percentage. Stanford, now 2-4 on the road, finished with a split of its weekend matches, following a four-set win over Cal State Northridge on Friday.
Stanford remains on the road next week when it visits No. 1 BYU on Friday and MPSF newcomer Cal Baptist on Saturday.
The Stanford synchronized swimming team scored 81 total points to top Incarnate Word (77 points) and Lindenwood University (60 points), Saturday, in San Antonio, Texas.
"I was really excited for the team to compete in San Antonio this weekend," said head coach Sara Lowe. "UIW and Lindenwood are two of our stongest competitors this year, so it was nice to compete against them with five weeks left to train for Collegiate Nationals."
In the duet competition, Stanford's Olivia Morgan and Megan Hansley captured first place with an 89.333. UIW's Brianna Andreychuk and Katy Wiita took second with an 86.167, while the Cardinal's Morgan Fuller and Madison Crocker were third with a score of 85.333.
Stanford also won the team swim with a score of 89.833. Competing for the Cardinal was Morgan, Hansley, Crocker, Fuller, Michelle Moore, Mariya Koroleva, Leigh Haldeman and Evelyna Wang. UIW finished second with an 89.333, while Lindenwood tallied an 86.000 for third place.
"We have focused on edurance nd made a few changes throughout the past two weeks. The athletes swam very strongly and I was happy to see the work we have done reflected in their swims today," said Lowe.
UIW's Andreychuk, Wiita and Rosilyn Tegart topped the trio swim with an 86.167. Stanford's Crocker, Moore and Koroleva were second with an 85.500, while Lindenwood's Reem Abdalazem, Anouk Eman and Dennise Ramirez took third with an 882.667. The Cardinal's Morgan, Hansley and Fuller were fourth (82.167).
Lindenwood's Mary Killman, Koroleva's duet partner in the 2012 London Olympics, won the solo competition with a 90.000. Koroleva finished second with an 86.167. Abdalazem was third for Lindenwood (86.000), while Tegart took fourth for UIW (83.667).
On Friday, Stanford's Wang topped the figures competition with a 73386, while Morgan won the elements with 72.948.
Up next, Stanford travels to Mesa, Ariz., to take on Arizona State University and Lindenwood on Feb. 23-24.
The Stanford wrestling team fell to No.12 Central Michigan 30-3, Saturday, in its final home dual of the season at Burnham Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal drops to 6-16 overall, while the Chippewas improve to 14-3.
Redshirt freshman Michael Sojka was the lone Cardinal to earn a win, posting a 4-1 decision over Jackson Lewis at 197 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Sojka chose down and earned a penalty point and an escape to take a 2-0 lead. Jackson cut the lead to 2-1 with an escape in the third period, but Sojka scored a quick takedown to seal the win. He improved to 16-14 overall and 10-11 in duals this season.
- The Stanford women's lacrosse team gave No. 9 Notre Dame all it could handle in a season-opening 12-10 loss Saturday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
The Cardinal came out firing, tallying 14 shots in the first half and notching seven goals. Freshman Lucy Dikeou had a tremendous debut, scoring three goals, including the first of the season for the Cardinal.
After sitting out the majority of 2012 due to injury, junior Rachel Ozer wasted no time making her presence known, recording two goals and two assists in the first half, while adding a third goal in the second.
Stanford was strong on the defensive end as well including goalkeeper Lyndey Munoz, who made two stops and allowed just two goals in the first session of play.
The Cardinal entered halftime on a 4-0 scoring run and seemed to have all the momentum, holding a 7-2 lead.
However, Notre Dame responded in the second half as one would expect of a top-10 team in the nation.
After trading a goal each to start the second half, Notre Dame scored five consecutive times in five and a half minutes to tie the match at 8-8.
After Dikeou scored her lone goal of the second half, the Irish found the back of the net twice to take its first lead of the game since leading in the first half, 1-0.
Ozer tied the game at 10-10 with nine minutes to play, off a feed from sophomore Meredith Kalinowski, who recorded her first assist on the season.
Notre Dame reclaimed the lead on a free position goal at with five and a half minutes to play, and added another a minute later to stretch its lead to 12-10.
The Stanford women's squash team entered Saturday's Howe Cup consolation semifinal match with Cornell ready to avenge an early season loss.
Despite a strong team performance, the Cardinal came up just a little short and was defeated by the Big Red, 5-4.
Seniors Pamela Chua and Julie Koenig led the way for Stanford, posting victories in the first and fourth positions. The Cardinal also received victories from Serena Fagan and Carolyn Gillette.
One of the most competitive matches of the day occurred between Stanford's Madeleine Gill and Cornell's Jamie Laird. It was the only match to go five games with Laird claiming the deciding fifth game by an 11-8 decision.
Stanford will return to the court Sunday to complete its 2013 Howe Cup when it takes on No. 8 Brown at 7 a.m. (PT).
— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics
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