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Stanford women win first MPSF lacrosse title since 2011

 

Stanford scored the game's first 13 goals on its way to beating UC Davis, 15-6, on Wednesday night to capture its first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season women's lacrosse title since 2011.

No. 15 Stanford (12-2 overall) improved to 8-0 with one game left in MPSF play to clinch the top seed in next week's conference tournament and earn the right to play host to the MPSF tournament next year.


The six-team MPSF tournament (April 30-May 3 in Denver) determines the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA playoffs. Stanford still could tie USC (7-1), but holds the tiebreaker after beating the Trojans 12-6 on Sunday.

Hannah Farr scored four goals and Rachel Ozer had three assists for the Cardinal, including a streak of seven in a span of 7:19 that increased the lead from 4-0 to 11-0 by halftime.

Goals by Mackenzie Tesei and Farr increased the lead to 13-0 before the Aggies (3-13, 3-6) got on the board with 24:36 left in the game.

Stanford got three draw controls, two caused turnovers, two groundballs one goal and one assist from Lucy Dikeou.

This is the sixth regular-season title for Stanford since MPSF play began in 2004, and third under seventh-year coach Amy Bokker.

Stanford will conclude the regular season at California on Sunday at noon and plays in the MPSF semifinals on May 2 at 3 p.m. PT (4 p.m. MT). If Stanford beats Cal, the Cardinal will finish with its first perfect record since the conference expanded to 10 teams.

Women's golf

Lauren Kim posted a sizzling final-round 67 to place seventh and the No. 17 Stanford women golfers were seventh overall at the Pac-12 Conference Championships, which wrapped up Wednesday at Boulder Country Club in Colorado.

Kim (72-72-67) had four birdies and an eagle during her last round to finish 2-under at the 54-hole event.

The finish signified the junior's steady progression at the league showdown, as Kim tied for ninth in 2014 and placed 29th during her freshman campaign.

Stanford, the defending league champions, posted rounds of 286-303-289 for the top-10 finish at 26-over. Arizona (+1) fended off Oregon (+6) for the comeback victory, followed by Washington (+9), UCLA (+10), Colorado (+16) and USC (+24).

Oregon's Caroline Inglis took medalist honors at 7-under.

Mariah Stackhouse (70-75-76) and Casey Danielson (70-78-73) tied for 25th at 8-over. Both Cardinal performers managed only one birdie during their respective final rounds.

Quirine Eijkenboom (81-83-73) and Shannon Aubert (74-78-85) tied for 52nd at 24-over for Stanford.

Stanford now waits to learn of its postseason destiny, as the NCAA Regional Championships will be contested May 7-9.

Women's gymnastics

Stanford grew stronger Wednesday when Dare Maxwell signed her National Letter of Intent to join the Cardinal in the fall of 2015.

Maxwell will not have to venture too far from home, joining the Cardinal after training at nearby San Mateo Gymnastics under coaches Armen Astonian and Oksana Bystrova. She spent a majority of her youth career training at Dynamo Gymnastics in Oklahoma under the direction of Dennis and Shannon Harrison.

"I wanted to join Stanford women's gymnastics because I knew I could have an equally amazing education to go with our gymnastics team," said Maxwell. "I also believe Stanford can make a big impact in the NCAA over the next few years and I want to be a part of those successes."

Maxwell has experience at the Junior Olympic and Junior International Elite levels and is a staple for consistency on multiple events.

Maxwell is a four-time Junior Olympics Nationals competitor, finishing second on bars and 11th in the all-around in 2012 and claiming a fifth-place result on bars in 2013. She earned Oklahoma Level 10 All-Around Championships in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Maxwell posted a third-place finish in the California Level 10 All-Around Championship in 2015.

Maxwell competed at the Visa Championships in 2010 and 2011, finishing 22nd and 21st in the all-around, respectively. She registered a second-place result in the all-around at the 2011 American Classic, including a first-place result on bars. Maxwell finished first at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy Qualifier in 2012.

— Stanford Athletics

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