Dikeou's late heroics lift Cardinal to overtime lacrosse victory


Lucy Dikeou scored the first goal of the game and then waited until the opportune time to net the final goal of Stanford's nonconference lacrosse match against host Johns Hopkins.

Inbetween, the contest was riddled with drama and grit, with the eighth-ranked Cardinal pulling off the 10-9 sudden death overtime victory over the 19th-ranked Blue Jays Wednesday night at Homewood Field.

Maciek Romanowicz
Stanford (6-1) started off the same way it has for three of its wins this season: with a goal from Dikeou. The euphoria was short-lived though as Johns Hopkins responded less than 40 seconds later, tying the game and sparking a three-goal spree to pull ahead 3-1.

The Cardinal regained its composure in the 17th minute of play, with Dillon Schoen starting off a four goal streak for Stanford, which retook the lead, 5-4.

The Blue Jays (7-4) didn't shy away, matching Stanford's 15 shots and matching it in draw controls in the half.

While Stanford never again relinquished the lead, Johns Hopkins knotted things at 6 before Kelsey Murray scored her 15th goal of the season, sending the Cardinal into the half up 7-6.

The story flipped in the second half as both defenses stepped up to stymie offensive efforts. Stanford goalie Allie DaCar stopped six huge shots while The Blue Jays forced five Cardinal turnovers.

A heated debate over yellow cards came in the 40th minute, which didn't deter Elizabeth Cusick from scoring on a free position shot to make it 9-7 with 12:40 remaining.

The Blue Jays continued to grind, outshooting Stanford, 12-7, in the second half and scoring twice in less than two minutes to send the game into overtime.

Stanford showed its mettle in overtime, leading in shots, draw controls and caused turnovers even as Johns Hopkins hung tough to send it into a second overtime.

Two minutes later, the game ended where it began, with a Dikeou goal. She broke through the Blue Jay defense to bury her attempt and lift the Cardinal to its sixth straight win.

The Cardinal remains on the road, heading north to take on No. 14 Stony Brook on Saturday. Game time is set for noon.

Women's golf

The 11th-ranked Stanford women's golf squad concluded play Wednesday in the SDSU March Mayhem at The Farms Golf Club by falling to sixth-ranked UCLA, 4-1, to finish fourth in the 16-team match play tournament.

Second-ranked USC won the title by topping Arizona, 4-1.

Junior Casey Danielson secured the only win for the Cardinal, beating Hadas Libman, 4 and 2.

After scoring three-straight victories, senior Lauren Kim sustained her first defeat by dropping a 4 and 2 decision to Lilia Vu.

Stanford posted victories against Texas State and Arizona State in a tiebreaker, then lost to second-ranked USC on Tuesday afternoon.

"We just didn't quite get it together," said Anne Walker, Stanford's Director of Women's Golf. "We had to fight hard on Tuesday to get into the semifinals. We were out there until dark on Monday and had to come back and play six more holes.

Walker did cite several positives from the trip.

"Lauren played great and we saw glimpses of what Casey can do," Walker said. "She tied Llnnea Strom of Arizona State, one of the best players in the world. Plus, match play was good for us and should help us prepare for the NCAA Championships."

Stanford returns to competition April 3-5 in the Silverado Showdown at Silverado Country Club in Napa.

Women's gymnastics

Stanford women's gymnast Ivana Hong is one of six finalists for the AAI Award – presented to the nation's most outstanding senior women's gymnast – as announced by the organization Wednesday.

Hong was named a second-team All-Pac-12 selection on beam earlier this week – the fourth all-conference honor of her illustrious career.

Hong is a four-time All-American with two awards on beam, and one on vault and bars. She is one of two gymnasts in Stanford history to register two top-four finishes on beam at the NCAA Individual finals, including a second-place finish in 2015.

Hong is a three-time NCAA Regional champion with titles on beam and vault in 2013, and beam in 2015.

Hong has continued to deliver as a redshirt senior and recorded five individual event victories during the 2016 regular season – three on beam and two on bars.

Hong has excelled in the classroom as well and holds a 3.23 GPA as a human biology and sociology major. She was a 2015 Pac-12 All-Academic selection. Hong interned at the Stanford Sports Medicine Clinic in 2015, created a gymnastics physical education curriculum to be implemented in local schools and plans on pursuing a career in sports medicine.

Hong is joined by Caitlin Atkinson (Auburn), Lindsay Mable (Minnesota), Nina McGee (Denver), Haley Scaman (Oklahoma) and Bridget Sloan (Florida) as finalists.

Men's swimming

Stanford got things started at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday evening in Atlanta, Ga., finishing 13th in the 800-yard freestyle relay, the lone event of the day.

The team of Gray Umbach, Danny Thomson, Sean Duggan and Liam Egan (6:19.06) represented the Cardinal, which swam the second of three heats.

Men's tennis

A solid showing by Maciek Romanowicz helped Stanford win its third consecutive win Wednesday, a 4-1 victory over hostPacific.

The Cardinal (8-6) cranked past the Tigers in doubles action with Nolan Paige and David Wilczynski taking a 6-2 win at the No. 2 spot before Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz claimed the point with a 6-3 win at No. 1.

Pacific (10-8) was able to scrap together a point in singles in the No. 3 spot, but the Cardinal overpowered them with David Wilczynski and Michael Genender taking straight-set wins at Nos. 2 and 4.

Romanowicz added his 10th career match-clinching point with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Kumara Adavelly at the No. 6 position to end it.

The Cardinal travels to Tucson to open Pac-12 play against Arizona on Friday.

— Stanford Athletics

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