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Myers scores six goals as Stanford women reach MPSF final

 

The Stanford lacrosse team advanced to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament final, by beating Colorado, 16-5, in the semifinals Friday at Peter Barton Stadium in Denver.

No. 15 Stanford (14-2) advanced to its 18th consecutive conference final, where it will play USC on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT. The Trojans beat Denver, 17-9, in the other semifinal.

Freshman Kelly Myers scored a season-best six goals, all in the first half, in a game Stanford never trailed.

Myers scored the game's first goal, only 11 seconds into the game, after Alexandra Crerend secured the opening draw.

After Colorado closed to within 4-2 with 20:33 left in the first half, Stanford went on a 12-0 run, holding the Buffaloes scoreless for a stretch of 46:14.

Myers also had an assist and four draw controls and caused a turnover.

Crerend, Mackenzie Tesei, and Lucy Dikeou had two goals each for the nation's highest scoring team.

Dikeou also had two assists, three draw controls, three groundballs, and two caused turnovers.

Adrienne Anderson had five groundballs and Hannah Farr had three draw controls.

Stanford is seeking its first MPSF regular-season and tournament double since 2011.

Men's golf

Portola Valley resident Maverick McNealy earned Pac-12 Conference Men's Golfer of the Year honors it was announced Friday.

The sophomore becomes the fifth different Stanford golfer to win the honor (1995, 1996 – Tigers Woods; 1999 – Joel Kribel; 2006 – Rob Grube; 2014 – Patrick Rodgers).

A semifinalist for the Hogan Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate golfer, McNealy has collected five victories this season and finished among the top five in eight of 11 tournaments.

His latest victory, at the Pac-12 Championships, was a record-setting 18-under 262, which included a Palouse Ridge Golf Club record 61 in the final round. His final score of 262 is a Pac-12 Championship record low score for four rounds.

Currently ranked No. 1 in the latest Golfstat and Golfweek individual rankings, McNealy carries a 68.68 stroke average. That currently puts him at the top of Stanford's record book for individual season stroke average, just ahead of former teammates Patrick Rodgers (69.41) and Cameron Wilson (69.76).

The Pac-12 golf awards and the All-Pac-12 Team are voted on by the conference head golf coaches.

McNealy was tabbed a first-team performer with David Boote collecting second-team honors. Viraat Badhwar was honorable mention.

Baseball

Oregon scored six times before the end of the third inning to cruise to a 7-3 victory over the Stanford baseball team Friday evening at PK Park. The Cardinal lost in a series opener for the first time in its last four tries.

Stanford (19-24, 5-14 Pac-12) made things interesting with three runs in the sixth but the deficit proved too much.

The Cardinal got itself into trouble in the early innings, walking five and hitting another batter to allow the Ducks to score two in the first and three in the second on just two hits.

Six Stanford pitchers combined to issue 13 free passes (11 walks, two hit by pitch) in the losing effort. Brett Hanewich (3-4) took the loss, allowing five runs in 1 2/3 innings. No Cardinal pitcher threw more than Colton Hock's two innings.

Tommy Edman reached base four times, twice on singles and twice on walks, to lead Stanford's offense.

Edman singled and scored in the sixth. The inning also included a sac fly from Beau Branton, an Alex Dunlap RBI groundout and a two-out two-strike RBI single from Jonny Locher.

Zach Hoffpauir, who doubled in the first, joined Edman with two hits. Hoffpauir is hitting a team-best .380 in Pac-12 play.

The teams met again at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Softball

Arizona State scored 10 times in the top of the fifth en route to a 20-0 victory over host Stanford in Pac-12 play Friday night.

The Cardinal (1-18, 16-33) managed two hits on the night.

Stanford hosts the Sun Devils at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and will honor its three seniors, Erin Ashby, Alyssa Lombardo and Tylyn Wells afterward.

Sailing

Host Stanford took the first day lead, with 26 points, at the PCSSC Coed Championships on the Redwood Shores Lagoon on Friday.

UC Santa Barbara is in second with 59 points, followed by Hawaii and USC, each with 99 points.

— Stanford Athletics

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