Steffens, Grossman combine for 10 goals in Stanford women's water polo victory


Maggie Steffens and Ashley Grossman each scored five times, Dani Jackovich added all four of her goals in the fourth quarter and No. 2 Stanford bat visiting Harvard, 23-7, in a nonconference women's water polo match Friday night.

The Cardinal (15-1) matched its largest scoring total since a 23-3 win over Pomona-Pitzer in the 2010 NCAA tournament.

Gurpreet Sohi. Photo by Don Feria/
Steffens recorded a hat trick in the first quarter, helping Stanford race to an early 7-2 advantage.

She started by converting a penalty shot at 7:42 and scored even-strength goals at 3:05 and 0:23.

Grossman added two of her five in the period to go along with goals from Jamie Neushul (3:51) and Gurpreet Sohi (1:07), who each scored twice in the contest.

Grossman added a hat trick of her own before halftime as Stanford took a 10-2 lead.

Stanford scored eight times in the third period, getting goals from six different players, including Steffens and Grossman.

Kiley Neushul scored both of her goals in the period.

Jackovich scored all four of her goals in the final period, including a penalty shot. Katie Dudley also added a pair of goals.

Gabby Stone played the first three quarters in the cage and made six saves before Emily Dorst took over in the fourth.

Stanford returns to action next Saturday, March 28 at Arizona State at noon in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match.


Stanford scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth, but saw its comeback bid fall short as visiting Arizona escaped Sunken Diamond with a 6-5 win Friday evening.

Trailing 6-3 in the final frame, Matt Winaker scored on a passed ball and Austin Barr shelved his third RBI on the evening before Arizona's Bobby Dalbec closed the door to secure his third save.

Winaker and Barr had two hits apiece for Stanford (9-9), which dropped its Pac-12 Conference opener. Arizona improved to 17-6 overall and 2-2 in league action.

The Wildcats scored six straight after staring at an early 3-0 deficit. That hole was made possible by a three-run first inning from the Cardinal. With finals week coming to a close, Stanford dusted off its bats with four hits in the opening stanza, including a two-RBI double from Barr.

Arizona led the nation in batting average (.342) and hits (266) entering the contest, yet did not manage its first knock until a three-run fourth. That's when a Stanford error and the second of Hanewich's five walks put two on for Michael Hoard. Hoard ripped a triple down the rightfield line to cut into Stanford's lead, 3-2. Zach Gibbons added an RBI single to knot things at 3-3.

The Wildcats went with their small ball to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth, and used Ryan Aguilar's pinch-hit double to right in the eighth to help build a 6-3 cushion.

Brett Hanewich (1-2) logged 6.0 innings in his starting effort and gave up four runs – three earned – on three hits with six punchouts. Stanford's pitching corps issued eight free passes and the Cardinal had two miscues in the field that led to three unearned runs.

The win went to Nathan Bannister (4-0) after he relieved starter Cody Hamlin in the fifth. Bannister's outing spanned 4.1 innings, as he limited Stanford to one earned run on one hit. Bannister went into the ninth before giving way to Dalbec.

Both teams had seven hits, with Arizona leaving nine runners on base.

Game 2 of the series begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday with the final game set for Sunday at 1 p.m.


Redshirt sophomore Jim Wilson became Stanford's first All-American since 2012 Friday, winning in sudden victory in the round of 12 of the NCAA Tournament at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Wilson secured his second sudden-victory decision of the day, winning 7-5 over 13th-seeded Cooper Moore of Northern Iowa at 165 pounds.

Trailing 2-1 going into the second, the Lodi, California native, tallied an escape and a takedown to take a 4-2 advantage into the third. Moore took a 5-4 lead with an escape and a takedown of his own before Wilson notched the final escape to force extra time.

There, Wilson, the No. 10 seed, finished a double-leg to ensure his All-America status.

In his second match of the evening session, Wilson dropped a 6-2 decision to ninth-seeded Jackson Morse of Illinois. He will meet the No. 3 seed Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin on Saturday and wrestle for seventh place.

Wilson becomes the 17th All-American in program history and the first since Nick Amuchastegui (2nd) and Ryan Mango (5th) placed in St. Louis in 2012. Wilson is the first sophomore to earn the status since Mango (6th) did so in 2011 in Philadephia.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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