Lucy Dikeou scored twice and the 13th-ranked Stanford field hockey team earned a 2-0 win over Cal in the America East semifinals Saturday afternoon at Pacific Field Hockey Turf.
The Cardinal (13-5) defense maintained its propensity for slowing opposing offenses in the first half, not allowing a shot by the Bears (5-13), while the offense put up six shots and collected four penalty corners. Cal was able to deny the Cardinal in the first 35 minutes of action.
While the Bears were able to scrap six shots in the half, Kelsey Bing was locked into collecting her sixth shutout of the season as she denied all five of the shots Cal was able to put on target. Dikeou delivered some insurance in the 61st minute after the Bears pulled Mentink out of goal to add an extra field player giving the Cardinal an empty net opportunity to clinch it with a 2-0 final.
With the win, the Cardinal advances to its first America East final where it will face either Pacific or Albany. Game time is set for 1 p.m. (PT) at Pacific Field Hockey Turf in Stockton.
No. 13 Stanford swept No. 19 Utah, 25-22, 25-20, 25-16, Saturday, at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.
The Cardinal improved to 16-6 overall and 10-4 in the Pac-12, remaining in a tie for first place in the conference. Utah dropped to 17-8, 8-6 in the conference.
Freshman outside hitter Kathryn Plummer, who began the season as an opposite, led all players with 19 kills, 10 digs and two aces for her sixth double-double.
Redshirt senior Inky Ajanaku hit .500, notching seven kills and four blocks, while freshman Audriana Fitzmorris hit .438 and also tallied seven kills and four blocks. Redshirt senior Ivana Vanjak turned in eight kills and three blocks.
Freshman setter Jenna Gray controlled the offense with 33 assists as the Cardinal out hit the Utes .293 to .151. Gray also recorded three kills, five digs and a block.
Freshman libero Morgan Hentz finished with a match-high 15 digs, while senior Kelsey Humphreys had 11 digs.
Stanford returns home next week to host No. 25 USC on Thursday and No. 9 UCLA on Saturday. Thursday’s match will be televised on ESPNU.
The 12th-ranked Cardinal wrestling team opened the 2016-17 season with a 21-9 win over Cal Poly, Saturday, outdoors at Football Fan Fest, marking just the second outdoor dual held on the Stanford campus.
Stanford won seven of the 10 bouts to move to 1-0 on the season and in the conference. Cal Poly dropped to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the Pac-12.
The dual began at 149 pounds, where redshirt junior Tommy Pawelski put the Cardinal on the board first with a 3-2 decision over Joshy Cortez. Pawelski tallied an escape in the second period and the go-ahead takedown in the third.
The Mustangs got even at 157 pounds as Colt Shorts edged Paul Fox, who is up a weight class this season, 3-2. With no score after two periods, Shorts notched an escape to take the lead. Fox scored a takedown, but Shorts was able to escape tying it 2-2. The difference was 1:32 of riding time in favor of Shorts.
Returning NCAA qualifier Keaton Subjeck, who is wrestling down a weight at 165 pounds this season, posted an 8-2 decision over Blake Kastl to make it 6-3 Stanford. The redshirt junior recorded three takedowns, an escape and riding time in the victory.
Redshirt senior All-American Jim Wilson, who moved up a weight class to 174 this season, posted an 8-4 decision over Matt Wilhelm to give Stanford a 9-3 lead in the dual. The Lodi, California native now has 97 career wins moving him into a tie for 10th place with Doug Perkins and Steve Yarbrough in program history.
Redshirt freshman Austin Flores dropped a 7-2 decision to Cal Poly's Thomas Lane in his collegiate debut at 184 pounds, pulling the Mustangs to within 9-6. Redshirt senior Josh Marchok then posted a 3-1 decision over J.T. Goodwin in his first collegiate match at 197 pounds to make it 12-6 Stanford.
At heavyweight, 11th-ranked Nathan Butler pulled out a 4-2 sudden victory decision over Spencer Empey. Trailing 2-1 after two periods, Butler registered an escape in the third to force the extra time. He is now 57-18 in his career.
Returning All-American Connor Schram, ranked fourth in the nation at 125 pounds, registered a dominating 8-2 decision over David Gonzalez to push the Stanford score to 18-6. Leading 5-1 after two, Schram tacked on two more points in the third and added riding time to the score. He moves to 42-13 overall.
After senior Eric Cramer dropped a 3-1 decision to Yoshito Funakoshi at 133 pounds, sophomore Joey McKenna, ranked third nationally at 141 pounds, completed the scoring for the Stanford with a 6-3 win over Colton Schilling. McKenna, who became the first freshman All-American in program history last season, is now 28-3 in his career.
Up next, Stanford hits the road next week to take on No. 4 Penn State in the Nittany Lions' home opener on Sunday, Nov. 13
Men's water polo
The No. 6 Stanford men's water polo team dropped a hard-fought, 11-10, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation decision to visiting No. 4 Pacific on Saturday morning at Avery Aquatic Center.
Stanford (12-5, 4-4 MPSF) was attempting to knock off its sixth top-10 opponent of the year. Instead, the Cardinal was dealt its fourth one-goal defeat of the season, two of which have come against the Tigers.
Sophomore Blake Parrish scored a game-high four goals while junior Cody Smith added two for the Cardinal, which travels to California next Saturday for its regular-season finale before the MPSF Championships get underway Nov. 18 in Los Angeles.
After Pacific jumped out to a 3-0 lead, Stanford responded with four straight goals, taking its only lead of the game at 4-3 during the 6:28 mark of the second period following Parrish's third score.
The Tigers countered with four unanswered goals, building a 7-4 halftime advantage.
Trailing 11-8, Stanford received late goals from Smith and freshman Bennett Williams in the final two minutes but was unable to produce the equalizer.
Seniors Adam Warmoth and Kyle Weikert were honored in a pregame ceremony.
The Cardinal continued its play in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships Saturday with Tom Fawcett advancing to the finals of the singles consolation bracket.
In quarterfinal action, Fawcett beat Texas Tech's Jolan Cailleau 7-6 (6), 6-3 to advance into the semis against Texas' Christian Sigsgaard.
The Longhorn pushed Fawcett to a tiebreak in the first set that the Cardinal prevailed on 7-6 (1) before firing back to take the second set 6-2. Fawcett was all business in the third set though as he rolled to a 6-3 win to advance to Sunday's final against Duke's Nicolas Alvarez.
Fawcett returns to action Sunday with in the singles consolation finals.