Sophomore Katie Dudley scored a career-high five goals and the third-ranked Stanford women's water polo team scored 10 times in the second half en route to a 16-5 victory over host No. 13 UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday.
Dudley never scored more than twice (six times) in a game before showing off her prowess against the Gauchos, scoring twice in the first, twice in the third and once in the fourth. Her output matched Kat Klass for the Cardinal's single-game high this season.
The Gauchos scored the first two goals of the second to take a 4-3 lead. Jamie Neushul notched her two at 6:10 and 2:07 to push the Cardinal ahead and Madison Berggren added another score with seven seconds left in the second period, giving Stanford a 6-4 halftime lead.
The second half was all Stanford, as it outscored UCSB, 10-1, over the final two periods. The Gauchos were held scoreless over the final 10:45 of the contest. Julia Hermann made eight saves for the Cardinal.
Stanford returns home to make its television debut on Saturday at 11 a.m., hosting No. 9 Arizona State in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action. Kevin Danna and Chris Dorst have the call on the Pac-12 Networks.
No. 20 Stanford dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 11 Pepperdine on Tuesday at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
The teams elected to start the match with singles, and after Stanford and Pepperdine split with three wins apiece, the drama shifted to doubles.
The Waves (10-2) clinched the match by winning the doubles point, thanks to victories at the top two spots of the lineup.
The Cardinal (7-4), playing the first of three home matches over a five-day stretch, moved in front 3-2 following Krista Hardebeck's 6-4, 7-6 (12-10) triumph on court three.
Pepperdine evened the match at 3-3 when Matea Cutura outlasted Caroline Lampl, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
Stanford hosts Colorado on Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Pac-12 Conference action.
Whitney Burks hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to erase a deficit but Stanford was unable to complete the comeback, falling 4-1 in eight innings to visiting Dartmouth.
Stanford (11-11) had opportunities offensively throughout the game, generating baserunners in seven of the eight innings, but could not capitalize.
Kayla Bonstrom led the Cardinal at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a triple and two singles.
Freshman Carolyn Lee got the start in the circle and held the Big Green (7-8) to one run on seven hits and four walks and a strikeout in six innings. Haley Snyder (5-5) came in as relief in the seventh and took the loss despite a shutdown seventh inning and quality performance (one earned run) in the eighth.
Both teams had their chances early. Dartmouth loaded the bases with three consecutive singles to start the game but Lee was able to pitch out of the jam.
Victoria Molina led off the bottom of the second with a triple but Stanford was unable to bring her home.
Savannah Schulze led off with a walk in the bottom of the third inning and Stanford put together a two-out rally with back-to-back singles by Kayla Bonstrom and Jessica Plaza. Schulze tried to score on Plaza's single to left field but was thrown out at the plate to keep the game scoreless.
Dartmouth broke the deadlock in the top of the sixth inning and Bonstrom led off the bottom half of the inning with a triple to center field.
Burks tied the game with a leadoff home run to dead center field, her third home run of the season. Kaitlin Schaberg followed with a single and Schulze successfully delivered a sacrifice bunt to move Schaberg to second. As Schaberg rounded second, she fell to the ground with an injury and was tagged out. Lauren Bertoy lined out to center to end the inning and send the game to extra innings.
Dartmouth put together a two-out rally in the top of the eighth -- aided by a close fair-or-foul call down the left field line and a Stanford error to score three runs.
Stanford continued to battle and loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half of the frame.
The Cardinal opens Pac-12 conference play Thursday at Oregon at 6 p.m.
Stanford split a pair of matches Tuesday in the SDSU March Mayhem at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe.
After opening with a 3-2 victory against Texas State on Monday, Stanford's second round match against Arizona State was suspended by darkness and completed Tuesday morning. The teams halved the match at 2.5-2.5, with the fourth-seeded Cardinal advancing on a tiebreaker to face top-seeded USC in the semifinals.
The Trojans, ranked second nationally, registered a 4-1 win.
Senior Lauren Kim and sophomore Shannon Aubert collected second-round victories for Stanford, while junior Casey Danielson halved her match.
Kim prevailed 1-up against Sophia Zeeb thanks to a final-hole birdie, while Aubert posted a 6 and 5 triumph over Madison Kerley, finishing 2-over par.
Kim was the lone winner against USC, edging Victoria Morgan, 2 and 1. She was 3-up at the turn and closed with eight straight pars.
Senior Mariah Stackhouse fell to Robynn Ree, 4 and 3. Ree carded five birdies and never trailed.
Junior Quirine Eijkenboom lost a tough 1-down match to Amy Lee. Eijkenboom started with 10-consecutive pars, but was 1-down after 15 holes. She evened the match with a par at the 16th hole, halved the 17th, then succumbed when Lee birdied the par-5 18th.
No. 11 Stanford will meet second-seeded and No. 6 UCLA on Wednesday in the consolation finals of the championship bracket.
Stanford had excellent finishes in three separate events across the country this past weekend, including a win at the North Gold Regatta in Redwood City.
With four boats in the field, Stanford swept the podium and took four of the top five spots to win the event. Reinier Eenkema van Dijk skippered the winning boat with Kennedy Placek serving as crew.
The all-freshman boat of Mimi El-Khazindar, Maggie Schult and Russell Clarida took second place, with Schult and Clarida splitting crew duties. Skipper Julia Lambert and crew Cassie Obel took third, while Elena VandenBerg and Meg Gerli were not far behind in fifth.
At the St. Mary's Women's Interconference in St. Mary's City, Md., skipper Martina Sly and crew Yuki Yoshiyasu led the way with a third-place finish in the B-division, helping Stanford take fourth place in a strong field. Skipper Maeve White and crew Kathryn Booker took 12th in the A-division.
Perhaps the most impressive showing was Stanford's third-place finish at the Graham Hall Team Race in Annapolis, Md., behind top-ranked Georgetown and defending national champion Yale.
Axel Sly, Antoine Screve and Will La Dow were skippers, while J.P. Cannistraro, Sammy Steele and Sarah Lucas crewed Stanford's boats.
Stanford returns to action this weekend, competing in the Admiral Moore Team Race in Bronx, N.Y., and the Friis Trophy Team Race in New London, Conn.