Stanford beats Cal to win the NorPac field hockey title

The Cardinal travels to Massachusetts Tuesday in NCAA Play-In game

The Stanford field hockey team defeated California, 2-0, in the championship match of the NorPac Conference tournament Saturday in Davidson, N.C.

The Cardinal (14-5) advances to the NCAA Play-In game against Atlantic-10 champion Massachusetts (15-6), a 2-0 winner over Lock Haven on Saturday in Philadelphia.

Becky Dru scored twice for Stanford, which won its season-high fifth straight, while the Cardinal defense kept the Bears at bay. Alessandra Moss, who recorded her second shutout in as many days, needed to make just a pair of saves.

Dru, named the tournament's MVP, scored on a penalty stroke and then received an assist from NorPac West Player of the Year Xanthe Travols on the second goal.

Travlos and Camille Gandhi were also named to the all-tournament team.

Dru leads the Cardinal with 13 goals, nine assists and 35 points. Travlos is right behind with 21 points on eight goals and five assists, while Stephanie Byrne has six goals and eight assists for 20 points.

The play-in game will be held at Massachusetts on Tuesday morning. Stanford beat the Minutewomen in their previous encounter, 2-1, at home on Aug. 26, 2006.

The Cardinal reached its fifth consecutive NorPac title match, winning it for the fourth straight time.

Stanford is seeking its second straight trip to the NCAA tournament. The Cardinal defeated Boston College in last year's play-in game before losing to Princeton in the first round of the NCAAs.

Princeton beat Stanford in the play-in game in 2008, while Stanford beat Lock Haven in the play-in game in 2006 before losing to top-ranked North Carolina.

Women's swimming

Betsy Webb won the 100 backstroke and was a part of both winning relay teams as Stanford (3-0) defeat defending national champion Florida (2-2) 227-175 and visiting Michigan (2-4) 258-143 in a two-day tri-meet. Florida also beat Michigan 286-124.

Stanford picked up another five wins on Saturday, winning 12 of 22 events overall.

Webb led off the winning 200 yard medley relay in the backstroke and then watched from the blocks as Kate Dwelley beat Florida's Jami Bohunicky by two-hundreths of a second, with a time of 1:43.80.

Webb then followed up with a win in the 100 back, going neck and neck with Lily Ramirez, before edging teammate Maya DiRado (55.47) for the win at 55.43.

Webb finished off her day by leading off the 200 free relay, as DiRado increased the lead for the Cardinal on the third leg en route to the top time of 1:32.94.

Also winning for the Cardinal was freshman Felicia Lee, who won the 100 fly with a mark of 54.99 and Andi Murez, who fought off a charging Dwelley to win the 100 free with a mark of 50.18, ahead of Dwelley's time of 50.64.

Men's water polo

Jacob Smith scored four goals and Jeffrey Schwimer added three as fourth-ranked Stanford downed visiting Long Beach State, 11-6, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest on Saturday.

The Cardinal (4-1, 11-5) host UC Irvine in an MPSF contest Sunday at noon.

Stanford took a 9-4 lead in the third period when Smith and Schwimer each scored.


Molly McKinney (sixth) and Sally Mace (ninth) remained in the upper half of the Singlehanded National Championships, while Oliver Toole dropped to 11th after the second of three days of sailing Saturday in Tampa, Fla.

With weather in the upper 50s and low 60s with an eight mile wind out of the North, McKinney never finished lower than eighth over the nine races on day two.

Overall, McKinney has 88 points over 14 races, finishing in the upper half of the 18 boats in all but one race. McKinney enters the final day, five points out of the top-five and 10 out of fourth.

Mace, the Pacific Coast Conference Champion, is ninth with 137 points. Mace on day two finished in the top-nine in seven of nine races.

Toole dropped two spots on day two, finishing in the top-nine only three times on day two, finishing with 159 points.

In PCCSC Team Racing at Santa Barbara, the Cardinal are in first place after the first of two days, winning all four of its races on a light day of sailing on the Central Coast.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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