Walker-Hartshorn records a hat trick in Cardinal victory


Ryan Walker-Hartshorn scored three goals, Alex Doll added a pair and the fourth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team defeated visiting Dayton, 8-0, in a nonconference match Sunday, giving Paul Ratcliffe his 200th victory as Stanford's coach.

Stanford (6-0-1), the only team in the country to not allow a goal, earned its seventh consecutive shutout, tying a school record. The Cardinal extended its shutout streak to 672 minutes, 12 seconds, dating to last season.

M-A grad Zoe Pacalin was credited with an assist on Ryan Walker-Hartshorn's first goal Sunday in Stanford's 8-0 win over Dayton.
The hat trick was the first for Oakland native Walker-Hartshorn, a sophomore forward who came into the match with one goal.

Her goals were consecutive, extending a 2-0 first-half lead to 5-0 in the 54th minute as Stanford went on to record its highest margin of victory since Sept. 23, 2010, when it beat Hawaii, 9-0.

It's been nearly a year since Stanford's previous hat trick, recorded on three spot kicks by Courtney Verloo in a 3-2 overtime victory over Santa Clara. Walker-Hartshorn's hat trick was the 30th in the history of the program, which began in 1984.

Dayton (2-5-1), the preseason favorite of conference coaches to win the Atlantic 10 title, nearly matched Stanford in shots (15-12), but the Cardinal created deep holes in the Flyer defense and exploited them with high-percentage shots and breakaways.

Freshman midfielder Andi Sullivan opened the scoring in the 17th minute with her first collegiate goal, controlling a long ball from Maddie Bauer and shooting with her right foot past goalkeeper Elizabeth James.

Haley Rosen scored in the 20th minute after a feed from Chioma Ubogagu for a 2-0 lead, before Walker-Hartshorn put together her scoring flurry, including two on one-on-one duels with James. After central defender Kendall Romine scored on a penalty kick, Alex Doll finished off the Flyers with the final two scores.

Recording the first assists of their collegiate careers were freshmen Zoe Pacalin, a Menlo-Atherton High grad, and Mariah Lee, and junior Katie Donahue, who set up Walker-Hartshorn's third with a perfect through ball.

In his 12th season, Ratcliffe improved his Stanford record to 200-43-22. No other Stanford soccer coach in the history of its men's and women's programs has more than 133 victories at The Farm.

Including five seasons at Saint Mary's, his overall coaching record is 255-77-29.

Stanford returns to action Friday night (7:30 p.m.) against No. 24 Santa Clara, in a renewal of their South Bay rivalry.

It will be the nightcap to a doubleheader that begins with the Stanford men against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at 5 p.m., at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

Men's golf

Portola Valley resident Maverick McNealy picked up his second win in as many outings Sunday by claiming top honors at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.

McNealy, who collected the first win of his collegiate career earlier this week at the Southwestern Intercollegiate, fired three consecutive rounds of 71 to finish 3-over at the par-70 Olympia Fields Country Club. He shared the top billing with host Illinois' Dylan Meyer.

Stanford's Cameron Wilson also shared medalist honors at the same tournament in 2013 with Robby Shelton of Alabama.

Stanford (294-299-289) was fourth overall among the 15-team field at 42-over. Illinois (+21), Florida State (+32) and Baylor (+36) claimed the top three spots.

"I'm happy with how the guys hung in there, but we've got much to work on," Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. "It's early in the year, so it was good for us to play a challenging course to see what we have team-wise.

"Maverick has been very solid these last two weeks, and two medals in a few strong fields is a great start to his year with added confidence. Jim Liu has had two great weeks, too. It's good to see him playing better and on the right track."

Liu's even-par third round was the best score of any Cardinal during the 56-hole event. He was 4-under on the front but had four bogeys on the back, eventually finishing 12th overall at 8-over.

Patrick Grimes (+11) squeezed into the top-20, taking 19th with rounds of 74-73-74.

Viraat Badhwar (+20) tied for 54th and Dominick Francks (+31) tied for 71st.

The Cardinal has a few weeks off until traveling to Forth Worth, Texas, for the Swoosh Invitational on Oct. 6-7.

Men's water polo

The No. 1 Stanford men's water polo team opened up its 2014 season with a weekend sweep, finishing off the perfect three-game trip with Sunday victories over No. 23 Pomona-Pitzer and Redlands at the Inland Empire Classic.

The Cardinal downed the Sagehens, 21-5, took out the host Bulldogs, 22-4, and when combined with yesterday's 20-8 win over Concordia, Stanford outscored its opponents 63-17 during its SoCal sojourn.

Freshman Cody Smith led Stanford's scorers on the weekend with 11 goals, followed closely by Bret Bonanni's 10.

Drew Holland made 15 saves in six quarters of action during the three games, surrendering just six goals.

The Cardinal (3-0) returns to the pool in Stockton next weekend at the 2014 Kap7 NorCal Classic.

Stanford opens the event as the tournament's No. 1 seed at 8 a.m. on Saturday in a rematch with Redlands (1-7).

Field hockey

A late first half goal by No. 12 Albany was the difference Sunday at the Varsity Turf as No. 8 Stanford lost its first game of the season, 1-0.

The Cardinal (6-1) defense played terrific in a gritty and hard fought contest televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

The Great Danes (6-1) converted one opportunity at the end of the first half, enough to hand Stanford its first loss on the year.

The loss is the Cardinal's first at the Varsity Turf since a 2-1 double-overtime loss against No. 4 Connecticut on Aug. 31, 2013.

Stanford goalie Dulcie Davies made five saves in the first half and finished the match with 10 stops. Kasey Quon, and Kelsey Harbin registered defensive saves.

The Cardinal had its opportunities to equalize with Elise Ogle, Lauren Becker and Marissa Cicione registering chances, but Albany's goalkeeper Maxi Primus kept Stanford off the board.

Stanford will look to get back in the win column Friday at 4 p.m. when it takes on Central Michigan. The Cardinal opens NorPac play Sunday at 1 p.m. when it plays host to California.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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