Winning homestand gives Cardinal chance at title


Alex Bowen, Forrest Watkins and BJ Churnside each scored twice and the fourth-ranked Stanford men's water polo team topped visiting UC Santa Barbara, 11-8, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest on Sunday.

Five others, including Sacred Heart Prep grad Paul Rudolph, each scored once as the Cardinal (3-1 in the MPSF, 14-4 overall) extended its winning streak to four.

Stanford opens a three-game road trip Friday night with an MPSF match at UC Irvine. The Cardinal will also make stops at Chapman and Long Beach State.

Adam Abdulhamid, Bret Bonanni, Reid Chase and Connor Stapleton also scored for the Cardinal. Drew Holland made 11 saves in goal.

Thanks to Pacific's upset of top-ranked USC on Saturday, Stanford owns a share of first place in the conference with Pacific, UCLA and Long Beach State. The Trojans are a half-game back.

Women's basketball

Senior Chiney Ogwumike scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and freshmen posts Kailee Johnson and Erica McCall combined for 27 points and 13 rebounds as No. 3 Stanford's size was too much for Vanguard in a 79-47 exhibition win at Maples Pavilion.

The contest was the Cardinal's final tuneup for the 2013-14 campaign, which gets underway Saturday with a 10 a.m. PT tip at Boston College. Stanford closes the opening weekend Monday at 4 p.m. against No. 1 Connecticut on ESPN2.

Stanford out-rebounded Vanguard, the top-ranked team in the NAIA Preseason Coaches' Poll, by a 53-35 margin Sunday and outscored the Lions 40-6 in the paint. The Cardinal's 22 offensive rebounds also led to 31 second-chance points.

Ogwumike was 13-for-19 from the field and played just 21 minutes. Johnson, who started in the small forward role, scored 13 points with nine rebounds while McCall played 28 minutes off the bench, with 5-of-11 shooting and 14 points.

Women's soccer

Stanford's 26-match Pac-12 road winning streak was snapped by Washington State, 1-0, on Sunday, ending a women's soccer streak that had reached five years.

The loss also officially ended Stanford's four-year reign as Pac-12 champions, though UCLA would have clinched the title later in the afternoon with its 2-0 victory over Oregon.

No. 7 Stanford (13-4-1 overall, 6-3-1 Pac-12) has had trouble in Pullman in recent years, pulling out victories in overtime and in the 86th minute in its past two trips there. This time, a goal by Jocelyn Jeffers in the 58th minute held up for the Cougars (13-3-3, 6-3-1).

Stanford edged WSU in shots, 13-12, but the Cougars dominated on corners, 11-3, on the way to ending an eight-match losing streak to the Cardinal.

Stanford concludes the regular season on Wednesday when California visits in a 7:30 p.m. match televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

Men's soccer

Freshman forward Jordan Morris gave Stanford a late lead, but the Cardinal was unable to hold it in a 1-1 double-overtime men's soccer draw with San Diego State on Sunday.

Stanford (7-5-3 overall, 1-4-2 Pac-12) scored in the 78th minute when Morris gathered a pass at midfield and carried it through the heart of the Aztec defense. Heading left inside the penalty area, Morris cut right and struck a hard right-footed shot into the net.

A San Diego State red card only 15 seconds after the ensuing kickoff seemed to enhance Stanford's chances, but the Aztecs (5-9-2, 2-4-2) scored a shorthanded goal in the 85th minute.

Stanford's JJ Koval had two great scoring opportunities in the first overtime. The first came when Koval executed a spectacular bicycle kick that leaping SDSU goalkeeper John Marcuzzo pushed against the crossbar with his fingertips. Minutes later, Koval's back post header went inches wide.

Women's crew

Stanford finished in the top three of both events it entered Sunday at the Head of the Lake on Lake Union in Seattle.

"It's been seven years since we've been to the head of the lake," Stanford coach Yasmin Farooq said. "It was a good challenge to put together some lineups to take on Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga and other Northwest teams that we don't typically see. It was a quick trip for us but a good one, with a fun course, excellent racing and a festive crowd including a number of Stanford alums."

The Stanford 4+ put together an exciting performance for the spectators, passing four boats in the 3-mile course.

The Cardinal were the eighth boat to start the race but quickly overtook the University of British Columbia as the two boats came under the first bridge.

Stanford rowed by Oregon and Portland State in Portage Bay during the next section of the course.

In Montlake Cut, a narrow canal lined with fans, the Cardinal moved past the fourth boat, overtaking Seattle.

The Cardinal placed second in the Women's Collegiate/Open 4+ with a time of 19:59.55. The five members of the Stanford 4+ were coxswain Katie Lopez, Kay Rusher, Amanda Lorei, Simone Jacobs and Courtney Carrabino.

The other event for Stanford at the Head of the Lake was the Championship Women's 8+. In this race the Cardinal recorded a time of 17:49.04 to finish in third place, 24 seconds behind Washington and six seconds behind Washington State.

Stanford was in third place from start to finish. They gained ground on Washington State in the first corner under the bridge, but the Cougars were able to hold off the Cardinal coming in to the home stretch around the horseshoe "big turn". Washington started first and extended its advantage over the other boats by steering through its home course well.

Fielding the 8+ crew were coxswain Naomi Cornman, Lilly Tinapple, Filippa Karrfelt, Ruth Narode, Anna Dawson, Daphne Martschenko, Christina Bax, Katie Toothman and Alison Fauci.

Also of note, 2012 Stanford graduate Lindsay Meyer was victorious in the Women's Open 1x at the Head of the Lake. She clocked a course-best 21:16.55 to finish one minute ahead of the next best competitor.

Stanford will race in one more regatta this fall, competing in the Head of the Lagoon next Sunday in Foster City.


Stanford produced six champions at the SFSU Open on Sunday, hosted by San Francisco State University. True freshman Nathan Butler was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Butler, a native of Leavenworth, Kan., posted a 3-0 record and upset the No. 1 and No. 2-seeded wrestlers in the 285 pound bracket. He began with a 5-2 decision over No. 2-seed Scott Brasil of Menlo College. After a 3-0 decision over Raymond Grandy (unattached), Butler knocked off the top-seeded heavyweight, Austin Lobsinger of Simpson University, 9-3.

Stanford also produced champions at 125 pounds (Tommy Pawelski), 133 pounds (Connor Schram), 149 pounds (Max Hvolbek), 174 pounds (Keaton Subjeck) and 197 pounds (Garet Krohn). The Cardinal also had two third-place finishes in Dylan Morris at 174 pounds and Thomas Kimbrell at 184 pounds.

Hvolbek is a redshirt freshman out of West Hills while Pawelski, Schram, Subjeck and Krohn are all true freshmen.


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