Triple-overtime win over NCAA champ USC gives Stanford women title in their own invitational


Freshman Kaley Dodson ended a wild day of water polo when she scored in the second sudden-death overtime as the Stanford women topped visiting USC, 10-9, in the championship match of the Stanford Invitational on Sunday at Avery Aquatic Center.

The top-ranked ranked Cardinal (8-0) takes a two-week break before traveling to Pacific for a nonconference affair on Feb. 20.

The second-ranked Women of Troy (3-1), the defending national champion, gave Stanford everything it could handle and then some.

The four-overtime match was tied six times, including several late goals in four separate periods. Dodson scored twice in the contest, as did U.S. National Team members Annika Dries and Melissa Seidemann.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Pallavi Menon scored to give Stanford a 9-8 lead in the second overtime, atoning for her missed five-meter penalty shot in the fourth quarter with Stanford up by one. The Trojans, however, tied with 13 seconds remaining to send it into sudden death.

Dodson's game-winner was a skip shot under the arm of USC goalie Flora Bolonyai, playing for an injured starter, and inside the near post.

Stanford senior goalie Amber Oland recorded 10 saves in the championship match. Menlo School grad Kim Krueger of Los Altos Hills also scored a goal for the Cardinal.

Dodson scored three times in Stanford's 16-4 win over San Jose State in the morning game. Menon, Alyssa Lo, Alexis Lee and Cassie Churnside each scored twice. Kate Baldoni and Kim Hall combined for 12 saves.

In the third-place game, SHP grad KK Clark of Atherton scored twice to help UCLA hold off Cal, 10-8. Bears' goalie Lindsay Dorst of Menlo Park, also from Sacred Heart Prep, had five saves.

In the fifth-place game, Hawaii held off Arizona State, 9-7. In the seventh-place match, SHP grad Adriana Vogt from Menlo Park scored a goal to help San Jose State defeat Indiana, 10-7. The Hoosiers got a goal from Los Altos High grad Lauren Wyckoff.

Men's gymnastics

Stanford's Josh Dixon was named to the United States national team Sunday, a day after placing sixth in the all-around at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas.

Dixon finished with scores of 83.650 and 85.150 in the all-around for a two-day total of 168.800. His best event was the floor exercise where he scored 15.050 and 15.450.

Dixon is member of the national team through August 2011, and will compete at the the VISA Championships this summer.

Dixon will continue to compete for the top-ranked Cardinal. Stanford is at the Gold Country Classic on Saturday at Kaiser Auditorium in Oakland.

Women's diving

Stanford product Cassidy Krug won her second U.S. Winter Diving Championship of the week, finishing with a co-championship in the three-meter on Sunday in Iowa City, Iowa.

Krug and Olympian Christina Loukas had a rare tie in the finals of the event, both scoring a 339.60, and coming from behind to do it.

Krug recorded her seven national title. Krug and partner Kassidy Cook beat Loukas and Abby Johnston, earlier in the week in the three-meter synchronized diving event. Cook and Krug won by .21 points in what would be a close challenge throughout the week between the top two divers.

"I've never seen a tie like this before. I thought synchro was close," Krug said. "I knew I had to hit my last dive, and full out is usually one of my steadiest dives, so I like to leave it for last."

Women's squash

Stanford split a pair of matches over the weekend, beating Dartmouth, 8-1, on Saturday and losing to host Penn, 8-1, Sunday.

The Cardinal (6-5) advance to the Howe Cup in Princeton, the national championships for the sport, beginning Friday, Feb. 18.

While Pamela Chua was the lone winner Sunday, it was the rest of the lineup that carried the day against Dartmouth, with Stanford's No. 2 player Kerrie Sample and No. 9 Kathryn Corelli sandwiching the eight winning matches.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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