Sefton has a field day for Stanford men's water polo


Peter Sefton had a pair of hat tricks and the third-ranked Stanford men's water polo team recorded a pair of wins at the Bronco Stampede at Santa Clara on Saturday, beating No. 17 Bucknell, 15-1, in the morning and downing Harvard, 20-3, in the evening.

The Cardinal (12-3) has two more games Sunday, against Brown at noon and Air Force at 4 p.m.

Sefton scored four times against the Bison as Stanford opened a 6-0 lead in the first period. Alex Bowen added two goals.

Sacred Heart Prep graduate Paul Rudolph scored once in the opener and came back to record a hat trick against Harvard, which is led by former Castilleja coach Ted Minnis.

Travis Noll also had three goals as the Cardinal led, 6-0, after one period and 13-1 at halftime against the Crimson.

Stanford's Brian Pingree had nine saves on the day. Menlo-Atherton graduate Alexandre Popp played courageously for Harvard.

Women's volleyball

Carly Wopat recorded a career-high 18 kills to go with eight blocks as fifth-ranked Stanford rallied from a first-set loss to down host Arizona State, 22-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18, Saturday.

Lydia Bai also had a career high with 16 kills, adding eight digs and three blocks as the Cardinal (10-3, 16-3) won its eighth straight.

Stanford gets a chance to avenge two of its losses this weekend when Pac-12 Conference leader USC comes to town Friday for a 7 p.m. match and UCLA follows on Saturday, also at 7 p.m.

Junior outside hitter Hayley Spelman was instrumental in the Cardinal comeback, totaling a season-high 13 kills on 21 swings with just one error for a .571 attack percentage. Junior libero Hannah Benjamin tied her career high with 19 digs, while sophomore Mary Ellen Luck also tied her career best with 11 digs.

Women's golf

Stanford shot a second-round 308 at the Mercedes-Benz SEC/Pac-12 Challenge in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday. The Cardinal is in 18th place, 45 strokes behind leader Alabama.

Mariko Tumangan leads Stanford after rounds of 70 and 77. She is tied for 26th, eight strokes behind co-leaders Nathalie Mansson of Tennessee and Stephanie Meadow of Alabama.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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