Stanford women stay unbeaten in MPSF water polo action


Top-ranked Stanford got 11 goals from the trio of Annika Dries, Ashley Grossman and Kiley Neushul, and the defense did not concede a goal over the final 26:41 as the Cardinal defeated No. 5 Arizona State, 14-4, Saturday at Avery Aquatic Center in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest.

The Cardinal (3-0, 17-1) travels to UCLA for a MPSF game at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The Bruins, who share the No. 1 ranking with Stanford, handed the Cardinal its only loss of the season.

Dries and Grossman scored four times each while Neushul bagged three goals. Kaley Dodson, Maggie Steffens and Anna Yelizarova also added a goal apiece.

The Cardinal defense came together quickly after a shaky start in which it allowed four goals over the game's first six minutes. Yet after Petra Pardi's extra-attacker goal put the Sun Devils ahead 4-3 with 2:41 left in the opening period, the Cardinal went into lockdown mode, shutting Arizona State out the rest of the way. Goalie Gabby Stone got the start and made four saves.

Stanford was forced to play catch up during the first period due to playing short-handed multiple times on the defensive end.

The Cardinal suffered five kickouts in the opening frame, with three of those power play resulting in goals for the Sun Devils and another goal coming just two seconds after the expiration of a Cardinal penalty. Izabella Chiappini scored the first goal just 1:11 into the contest, only to be answered less than a minute later by Grossman's first.

The teams followed this pattern thrice more over the next few minutes, with Arizona State scoring to go ahead only for the Cardinal to keep pulling them back.

It came to a halt with nine seconds remaining in the first period, when Steffens converted a five-meter penalty shot with nine seconds remaining to put Stanford in front, 5-4.

Grossman scored her third goal of the game just 31 seconds into the second frame, and while the Cardinal defense was locking down the Sun Devil attack, Dries got the lead to three with a goal at the 2:16 mark as the Cardinal took a 7-4 lead into the break.

Yelizarova and Grossman scored the first two goals of the second half, putting the Cardinal up 9-4.

Stanford played disciplined water polo in the second half, only taking three ejections, and the defense was in a groove as it killed all three penalties.

By the time Neushul scored twice in the third period's final minute, the Cardinal had the victory well in hand.


Cal Quantrill and A.J. Vanegas dominated Oregon State hitters for 12 innings, but the Beavers snuck past Stanford, 1-0, in the 13th Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium.

Jeff Hendrix provided a bases-loaded RBI single to finish the game 3:34 after the first pitch.

Quantrill turned in one of the best outings of his young career by going eight innings without surrendering a run.

He allowed just three hits and struck out six, while walking two, to shut down the Beavers lineup from top to bottom before handing it over to Vanegas.

Vanegas (0-1) was nearly just as good, as the Beavers produced three hits off of him in four innings. Two of those singles came in the final frame to drop Stanford to 1-3 in extra-inning contests.

The Cardinal (10-13, 3-5 Pac-12) threatened early and often against Oregon State starter Andrew Moore, who was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2013.

The Cardinal had at least one base runner in each of Moore's seven innings of work, but could not find a timely hit, as the game stayed scoreless.

Moore stranded 10 Stanford base runners, while throwing 123 pitches.

As Oregon State (24-6, 8-3 Pac-12) labored through the first eight, Quantrill cruised.

Stanford's 23rd straight freshman starting pitcher allowed just one hit until the fifth when the Beavers loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. Quantrill worked out with a ground ball to keep the 0-0 pitchers' duel alive.

The free pass ended a streak of 26.1 consecutive innings that Quantrill had not issued a walk. He struck out 23 batters during the run.

The extra innings went quickly with Vanegas battling and Stanford going hitless through the additional innings off of Scott Schultz (4-2).

Trever Morrison started Oregon State's 13th with a single, before moving to second on a passed ball. He slid safely into third on a fielders' choice sac bunt and scored on Hendrix line-drive single past a drawn in infield.

Women's golf

Stanford went from 10th to sixth after a second-round 3-under at the PING/Arizona State Invitational. Stanford's 285 Saturday was the third-best score among the 15-team field.

The Cardinal is 12 shots behind leader South Carolina (568), which followed its opening-round 288 with a tournament-best 280.

Host Arizona State is tied for second with Duke (574). Washington (575) is fourth and Arizona (576) is fifth.

Action resumes at the par-72 Karsten Golf Course on Sunday to conclude the 54-hole event with live results available at Stanford seeks its 10th top-10 finish in as many events this season.

Duke's Celine Boutier leads all players at 6-under. Casey Danielson and Lauren Kim cut their standing in half, going from 12th to sixth as both players shot 71 for the second consecutive round.

Danielson was 3-under before back-to-back bogeys late in her back nine. Kim's five birdies went along with four bogeys.

Mariah Stackhouse started her round with a birdie on the par-5 10th. After 12-straight pars, Stackhouse drained birdies on the par-5 fifth and par-3 sixth.

Two more pars sandwiched a bogey on eight for a team-best 2-under 70 to leap from a tie for 57th to a tie for 30th. Stackhouse took seven shots off of her Friday total.

Mariko Tumangan, who gave Stanford a fourth player in the top-50 at 42nd, impressed with a 1-over 73. Tumangan's total was three shots better than her previous round.

Women's tennis

No. 4 Stanford answered its first loss in nearly a year with its ninth shutout of the season in a 4-0 victory over No. 13 USC on Saturday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

After dropping a hard-fought 4-3 decision to No. 3 UCLA on Friday for only its fourth home loss since 1999, Stanford (14-1, 6-1 Pac-12) bounced back with a quick and decisive victory over USC (14-6, 5-2 Pac-12).

The Cardinal earned a split of its homestand against the Southern California schools, which promised to be one of its final hurdles before postseason play begins in May.

Stanford captured the doubles point for a 1-0 lead, surrendering only five games combined while posting victories at the Nos. 1 and 3 spots.

Similar to Friday's match, Stanford received immediate boosts from Carol Zhao and Caroline Doyle. The Cardinal extended its lead to 2-0 following a 6-2, 6-3 victory from Zhao on court three, then received a 6-4, 6-2 triumph from Doyle on court six.

Both rookies are Stanford's hottest players as of late, with Zhao having won 14 in a row while Doyle is riding a 12-match winning streak.

Leading 3-0, Kristie Ahn provided the clincher with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Zoe Scandalis at the top spot of the lineup. Ahn notched her team-leading 25th win of the year.

The remaining singles matches were abandoned.

Stanford returns to action on Friday at noon at Oregon.

Men's tennis

No. 52 Stanford dropped a 4-0 decision at No. 3 UCLA on Saturday afternoon, suffering back-to-back losses for the first time this year.

Stanford (9-4, 2-2 Pac-12) concluded its Southern California road swing and will play four of its final five regular-season matches at home.

UCLA (17-2, 4-0 Pac-12) claimed the doubles point with identical 8-4 victories at the Nos. 2 and 3 spots.

After the Bruins received wins from Gage Brymer (6-2, 6-1 at No. 4) and Karue Sell (6-1, 6-1 at No. 5), Clay Thompson came through with the clincher in a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Daniel Ho on court two.

The three remaining singles matches were abandoned. Nolan Paige returned to the lineup, playing No. 4 singles.


The Stanford women's sailing team leads the PCCSC championship regatta following the first day of competition in Santa Barbara.

The Cardinal finished first twice and second twice in the first four races.

At the Emily Wick Trophy Intersectional Regatta hosted by the Coast Guard, Stanford is sixth after the first day of competition. The Cardinal won a race and finished second twice in 17 races.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics


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