Rudolph's five goals lead Stanford men to water polo victory

Field hockey, cross country teams also victorious

Sacred Heart Prep grad Paul Rudolph scored a game-high five goals and junior Peter Sefton recorded three goals as the Stanford men's water polo team opened its season with a 15-3 victory over Pomona-Pitzer in the UC Irvine Invitational on Saturday.

Menlo School grad Alex Avery, Jacob Smith and Sage Wright each added two goals as the third-ranked Cardinal took a 6-0 halftime lead.

Stanford meets Redlands in Irvine on Sunday.

Menlo grad Mark Hudnall scored a goal for the Sagehorns.

Women's volleyball

Alix Klineman had 24 kills and No. 3 Stanford beat Marquette, 25-16, 17-25, 25-18, 25-14, Saturday as part of the Stanford Invitational.

Sophomore setter Karissa Cook added 25 assists and 16 digs for the Cardinal (5-0), which travels to the Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic at Florida next weekend.

Stanford meets No. 2 Texas on Friday. No. 1 Penn State and No. 6 Florida are also entered.

Field hockey

Becky Dru scored twice and No. 20 Stanford beat visiting UC Davis, 3-1, in its home opener on Saturday.

Freshman Emily Henriksson also scored for the Cardinal (2-0 in NorPac play, 2-0 overall), which won its 13th consecutive home game.

Stanford hosts seventh-ranked Michigan State at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Cross country

While most of their teammates remained at Lake Tahoe, Stanford did send a representative team to the Jim Vanden Heuvel Twilight Invitational on Friday night.

J.T. Sullivan finished second in the men's 6K race with a time of 20:04 to lead the Cardinal men to the team title.

Alexandra Gits won the women's 4K race in 14:54, with Samantha Diaz finishing second in 15:11.

In other local college news, Portola Valley resident Lori Mendelsohn ran 10th (15:56.91, 4K) at the Whitman Invitational on Saturday in Fort Walla Walla Park. The sophomore helped the host Missionary finish second to Whitworth.

Men's soccer

Bobby Warshaw scored for Stanford but the No. 13 Cardinal fell to host Harvard, 2-1, Saturday in a nonconference match witnessed by 3,221 fans.

Harvard took an early lead with an own goal that deflected off a Stanford defender. The Crimson outshot Stanford 9-4 in the half, but Jason Dodson made three of his seven saves to keep the game close.

Warshaw tied the game off a free kick from 25 yards out.

Stanford (0-2) hosts UNLV in its home opener Friday at 2 p.m.

— PA Weekly Online Sports

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