Cardinal men open home water polo schedule with a victory


No. 5 Stanford improved to 5-0 to open the season with a 10-5 victory over No. 8 UC Irvine Saturday at Avery Aquatic Center.

The Anteaters scored 18 seconds into the match and Stanford found itself trailing for the first time this season, however it didn't last long. Junior Cody Smith put home a score 24 seconds later to tie it up and the Cardinal never looked back, en route to the five-goal victory.

Harrison Enright
Justin Roberto took a nice feed from Harrison Enright and put home the goal 2:05 into the match to break the 1-1 tie and give the Cardinal the lead for good.

Smith, sophomores Mitchell Mendoza and Blake Parrish, and freshman Bennett Williams had two goals apiece to lead the Cardinal offensively. Stanford also used single scores from senior Kyle Weikert, and junior Roberto in the win.

UC Irvine got as close as one goal (4-3) with a Jon Polos score just before halftime, but Stanford opened the second half with four consecutive goals to stretch its advantage.

The Cardinal has posted double-digit goals in all five matches this season, highlighted by an 18-goal outburst in the win over Chapman last Sunday.

Stanford will return to Avery Aquatic Center on Saturday when the Cardinal hosts No. 2 USC at 1 p.m.

Field hockey

Goals from Sarah Helgeson and Fran Tew as well as five saves from Kelsey Bing weren't enough to hold off No. 18 Boston College as the Cardinal fell 3-2 in overtime Saturday afternoon at J.S. Coyne Stadium.

"It was a good competitive game," Cardinal coach Tara Danielson aid, "though we need to continue to develop capitalizing on our opportunities when presented with them."

Stanford (1-3) came out firing in the first half, peppering the Eagle defense with seven shots to force BC's Audra Hampsch to make five saves and keep BC in the hunt.

The Eagles struck first at the end of the half with leading-scorer, Brittany Sheenan putting away a rebound off of a penalty corner to send BC into the break up 1-0.

While BC (2-2) took the first shot in the second half that Kelsey Bing turned away, six minutes later Caroline Beaudoin set up Sarah Helgeson for a tip-in to the far post to knot it 1-1.

The second half showcased fireworks by both teams though, as less than two minutes later the Eagles took the lead again with Lucy Lytle going off the post to make it 2-1.

The Cardinal refused to stop as it pushed the Eagles defense to the limit and forced Hampsch to make eight saves in the game before it finally capitalized on a penalty stroke that they put in the hands of captain Fran Tew, who made it 2-2 to send the game into overtime.

The Eagles wasted no time as just over a minute in, Ymke Rose Gote set up a breakaway to Brittany Sheenan, who managed to put away the win and snap a 14 game streak of allowing two goals or less for the Cardinal.

Stanford is back in action Sunday as it sets to take on No. 1 and defending NCAA champion, Syracuse on the Orangemen's home turf at 11 a.m. PT.

— Stanford Athletics

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