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Dru, Lloyd lead Stanford field hockey to opening-round win

 

Becky Dru and Kelsey Lloyd each scored twice and recorded two assists as the Stanford field hockey team beat Appalachian State, 10-3, Thursday in the first round of the NorPac Conference tournament on Belk Turf Field at Davidson College in North Carolina.

Xanthe Travlos and Katie Mitchell also scored twice for the Cardinal (12-5), which meets Longwood in Friday's semifinal match. The Lancers beat UC Davis, 6-2, in an earlier first-round match. Stephanie Byrne and Emily Henriksson also scored.

Stanford scored three times in the first six minutes of the second half, including Dru's penalty stroke, to break the game open.

Byrne gave Stanford the early advantage when scored less than four minutes into the contest. She scored from 10 yards out after picking up a rebound.

The Cardinal outshot Appalachian State, 20-4, in the first half, including a 9-3 edge on goal. Stanford had a 41-9 edge overall

Mitchell made it 2-0 when she scored following a Katherine Donner penalty corner midway through the first half. Dru assisted on the play.

Dru added her first goal with less than 15 minutes left in the first half, getting assists from Byrne and Lloyd, who began the scoring play with a penalty corner.

Alessandra Moss and Julia LaSalvia each had a pair of saves in the goal for Stanford.

Tennis

Stanford's Bradley Klahn was one of the few top-seeded singles' players to avoid an upset at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y. on Thursday.

The fourth-seeded Klahn beat Texas A&M's Jeff Dadamo, 6-4, 6-4, in the first round. He'll meet Florida's Alexandre Lacroix on Friday morning.

Klahn and Ryan Thacher did get upset, however, in the doubles tournament, losing to Dadamo and Austin Krajicek, 8-5. Krajicek also beat the No. 5 seed in singles as the top two seeds and the sixth seed in the men's singles tournament also lost first-round matches.

Even doubles offered surprising results, with three seeded teams dropping eight-game pro sets, including the top women's duo of Stanford's Hilary Barte and Mallory Burdette, Riviera/ITA All-American Champions.

Barte, who earned the top seed in singles and doubles after sweeping the All-American tournament last month, is still alive in singles with a straight set victory over Tennessee's Brynn Boren, 7-5, 6-2, setting up a second-round match-up against a familiar foe in Cal's Mari Andersson.

Freshmen Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs also advanced in the women's singles' tournament. Ahn downed Arkansas's Anouk Tigu, 6-1, 7-5, while Gibbs topped USC's Alison Ramos, 6-0, 6-2.

Gibbs meets fifth-seeded Denis Dy of Washington and Ahn takes on unseeded Sona Novakova of Baylor in Friday's action.

Women's swimming

Stanford grads and Olympians Julia Smit and Elaine Breeden mainitained their level of success following two days of competition at the World Cup in Moscow.

Smit won three more medals, giving her 17, while Breeden recorded her fifth straight win in the 200 fly. She was third in the 100 fly to give her eight medals over the championship season.

The seven city World Cup concludes this weekend in Stockholm on November 6 and 7.

Smit's won the 200 and 400 IM events for the fourth time each. Her times were 2:08.56 and 4:31.45, respectively. She also finished second in the 100 IM (1:00.38).

Breeden was one of three Americans in the finals of the 200 fly, leading the field with a mark of 2:06.36. The 24-time All-American has won every 200 event she entered since beginning her world cup trek with Smit four weeks ago in Beijing. Breeden was also third in the 100 fly with a mark of 58.30.

Smit continues to rank second in the overall standings to Sweden's Therese Alshammar.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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