Stanford lacrosse players earn MPSF weekly honors


For the second consecutive week, Stanford freshman goalie Allie DaCar won Rookie of the Week honors and was joined by teammate Kelsey Murray – the Offensive Player of the Week -- among Mountain Pacific Sports Federation lacrosse honorees.

DaCar, a native of Dublin, repeats this award following a career-high nine saves in helping lead another win over a ranked opponent, 12-10, at No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday. She had five of her saves in a tight second-half, including a free-position shut-down of the nation's no. 2 scorer, Katie Chase.

Sophomore attacker Murray, of Wilmette, Illinois, matched her career-high of five goals in the Ohio State victory. Murray scored to spark a 4-0 Stanford run over a span of 11 minutes to take a 5-2 lead. With Stanford holding on to an 8-7 lead, Murray scored consecutive goals to give her team a cushion and added another with 8:17 left for a 12-8 lead. Murray became the first Stanford player since 2010 to score five goals in multiple games in the same season.

Last week, Stanford swept all three MPSF honors, with DaCar being joined by Adrienne Anderson as Defender of the Week and Rachel Ozer as the offensive winner.

With back-to-back victories over ranked teams, including a 12-10 triumph over then-No. 12 Notre Dame on Feb. 20, Stanford moved up four spots to No. 11 in the IWLCA coaches' poll.

The Cardinal (3-0) plays at Vanderbilt (3-2) on Sunday in a rematch of the Commodores' 16-15 overtime victory on The Farm last season.

Stanford returns home March 31 against Cornell in a 7 p.m. game at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

Women's golf

Nationally No. 14 Stanford battled rain and tough conditions during the Bruin Wave Invitational and ultimately finished fifth among the 15-team field Tuesday at the par-72 El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana.

Stanford (298-304-309) was third after the first round and second after the penultimate round before falling back in the final round of the 54-hole event hosted by Pepperdine and UCLA.

Top-ranked Washington (+26) took top honors ahead of No. 4 UCLA (+35), Oklahoma State (+37) and San Diego State (+45).

Stanford's Lauren Kim was the clubhouse leader through one round -- and several holes after -- when a 40-minute rain delay late prevented teams from completing 36 holes on Monday, and play was suspended due to darkness. Kim (72-72-80) dropped back to eighth overall with an 8-over.

Mariko Tumangan (73-77-75) competed as an individual and came through with an 8-over for 13th. Behind her was Mariah Stackhouse (75-76-75), who contributed a 15th-place showing at 10-over.

Tying for 28th was Casey Danielson (70-82-78) at 14-over. Danielson's opening-round 70 was the best of any Cardinal golfer during the tournament.

Quirine Eijkenboom (81-75-76) tied for 33rd and Shannon Aubert (81-81-82) made her spring debut tied for 66th at 28-over.

Men's golf

Each of Stanford's five golfers competing at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate finished in the top 25 on Tuesday, with the Cardinal taking fifth overall in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico.

The Cardinal (282-278-294) fell three spots from Monday's finish and posted 2-over 854 throughout the course of the three-day, 54-hole event.

Florida State won the event at 13-under and Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan posted a 9-under for medalist honors.

"Overall, the scoring was tough today with the course playing very firm and the breeze challenging," said Stanford coach Conrad Ray. "We got off to a bit of a slow start. There were a few big numbers this week, which kept us finishing higher, but it is the first time I can think of in a long time that everyone was in the top 25. We are still getting better with every event, and this team, although young, is starting to figure things out."

The Cardinal leaned on Viraat Badhwar and his eighth-place effort. Badhwar was atop the leaderboard heading into Tuesday's action after rounds of 67-68. His final output produced a 4-over as the sophomore's 75 moved him to 3-under overall.

Maverick McNealy was one of three Cardinal to post a 2-over 73 to finish the tournament. McNealy and Jeffrey tied for 20th overall at 3-over. David Boote closed with a 5-over 76 and was 4-over for the event, tying for 25th along with teammate Franklin Huang. Huang was 2-over in his final 18 holes.

— Stanford Athletics

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