Cardinal men splash to a pair of victories in SoCal tournament


Cody Smith scored a Stanford season-high six goals in the morning against LMU and a balanced effort in the afternoon against Pacific included BJ Churnside's 100th career goal, as the second-ranked Cardinal men's water polo team registered a pair of victories on the first day of the SoCal Tournament at Sunset Canyon in Los Angeles.

The wins, the Cardinal's seventh and eighth in a row, moves its overall record to 14-1, the program's best start since winning 19 of its first 20 games in 2009.

Stanford advances to Sunday's semifinals at Spieker Aquatics Center and will face No. 3 California (16-1) at 12:15 p.m.

The Cardinal and Golden Bears met earlier this year at the Kap7 NorCal Classic, an 11-8 Stanford win.

USC (14-2) and UCLA (18-0) meet in the other semifinal. The top-ranked Bruins gave Stanford its lone loss to date.

Smith's six goals were a season high for the yofreshman, surpassing the five he had on the second day of the season against Pomona-Pitzer. Smith, Bret Bonanni, AlexBowen and Sam Pfeil have each scored five times in a game this season.

It was the ninth time Stanford had scored 20 or more in the Cardinal's first 14 games, something the program had accomplished just 12 times in the previous decade (2004-13) prior to this season.

Against the Lions, Drew Holland played the first three quarters and made seven saves. Oliver Lewis got the call in the fourth and made one stop.

The win over the Tigers was Stanford's 10th against a ranked opponent and fourth against the top 10.


The Stanford women's sailing team is sixth after the first day of the Navy Fall Women's Intercollegiate in Annapolis, Maryland on Saturday.

The Cardinal has 200 points in the three-division race, 41 behind current leader St. Mary's College of Maryland.

In Rhode Island, Stanford is in seventh place after one day at the two-division Moody Trophy Invitational. The Cardinal is at 105 points while Brown leads with 74.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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