Stanford women reach MPSF lacrosse championship game


Kyle Fraser scored six goals -- one off the school record -- to lead Stanford to a 15-6 victory over Colorado and a berth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse championship game.

Fraser, a junior attack from Fort Worth, Texas, came off the bench to set a collegiate career high, bettering a five-goal output against UC Davis last year.

The semifinal victory enabled No. 18-ranked Stanford (14-3) to advance to a rematch with No. 20 Denver (17-1), an 18-9 winner over Oregon. The championship will be Sunday at 10 a.m. PT.

The game pits the top two seeds against each other, with top-seeded Denver playing at home and an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament for the winner.

The teams met once this season, with Denver rallying to a 13-12 victory over Stanford on April 4 on the way to the MPSF regular-season title.

Stanford took a season-high 44 shots against Colorado, forcing 16 saves from freshman goalie Paige Soenksen. No. 3-seeded Colorado, a first-year program with a 23-player roster that includes 21 freshmen, finished 11-8.

Fraser scored four goals, including three consecutive, during a 9-0 first-half run that allowed the Cardinal to take a 10-1 lead. Fraser also had an assist in the game, three ground balls and a draw control.

Stanford sophomore Lucy Dikeou, a Denver native, scored three goals and had two assists. Teammates Meg Lentz and Rachel Ozer had two goals apiece, and Alex Poplawski had six draw controls.

Stanford has advanced to the MPSF final all 11 years of the tournament's existence. The Cardinal is 8-2 in those games.


UCLA erased a 1-0 deficit with six runs in the first frame, and the Bruins beat visiting Stanford, 7-2, in a Pac-12 game Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Cal Quantrill (3-5) allowed the initial six runs, before settling in for five innings pitched. He finished the day with eight hits allowed, including seven before registering three outs, a walk and four strikeouts.

Stanford (19-20, 7-12 Pac-12) had spotted Quantrill a 1-0 lead thanks to an Austin Slater RBI double in the opening half inning. Alex Blandino walked with two outs and Danny Diekroeger lined a single over the UCLA second baseman Luke Persico's head to set the table for Slater.

The Cardinal did bring the tying run to the on-deck circle in the eighth after cutting the lead to 6-2. Zach Hoffpauir singled home Diekroeger.

Slater added his team-best 15th multi-hit game, while moving his hitting streak to three games. Tommy Edman pushed his career-long hitting streak to 10 games with a seventh-inning single.

Stanford got through the sixth, seventh and eighth innings with Griffin Weir, Tyler Thorne and Daniel Starwalt on the mound.

Weir and Thorne worked scoreless halves. Starwalt allowed one run on a single, sac bunt and another single in the eighth.

UCLA, with Palo Alto grad Christoph Bono in the starting lineup, hosts the Cardinal on Saturday at 7 p.m., to be aired on ESPNU.

The channel will also have Stanford's softball team taking on UCLA at 3 p.m. and the Cardinal men's volleyball squad in the national championship against Loyola Chicago at 5 p.m.

— Stanford Athletics


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