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Stanford men net 109 goals in 5-match water polo tourney

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The fourth-ranked Stanford men's water polo team completed a sweep of its five matches in the Bruno Classic, capping the weekend with three victories on Sunday at Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on the campus of Brown University in Providence, R.I.

Stanford scored at least 19 goals in each of its five matches on the weekend, highlighted by 30 against MIT on Saturday.

Eric Verso
Senior Bret Bonanni totaled 27 goals over the weekend and is 39 away from equaling Tony Azevedo's (2001-04) school and MPSF record of 332 career goals.

The Cardinal opened Sunday with a 19-3 win over No. 17 St. Francis College Brooklyn, before defeating No. 19 Bucknell, 20-4.

Stanford closed the day with a 19-6 victory over host No. 11 Brown Sunday afternoon.

Led by four goals from Bonanni and three scores from redshirt sophomore Justin Roberto, the Cardinal opened the day with win over the Terriers. Stanford scored the first five goals of the match and took a 10-1 lead into halftime.

In the second match of the day, Bonanni and Adam Abdulhamid recorded four goals apiece to lead the Cardinal to the win over Bucknell.

The Bison opened the scoring with a goal four minutes into the contest, but Stanford responded with nine-straight scores while holding the Bison without a goal for the rest of the half en route to the 9-1 lead at the break.

Bonanni guided the Cardinal offensively with six goals in the win over the Bears.

Stanford hosts the 16-team Kap7 NorCal Invitational Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20, in its home opener at the Avery Aquatic Center.

Men's soccer

Foster Langsdorf scored one goal and assisted on another, Eric Verso assisted on both Cardinal goals and the 16th ranked Stanford men's soccer team tallied its third straight shutout win in a 2-0 victory over VCU at Cagan Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Cardinal (3-1-0) concludes its three-game stretch at home on Thursday at 6 p.m. against San Jose State in another game televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

Langsdorf's goal in the 27th minute proved to be all Stanford would need against VCU (0-4-0). Verso got the ball into the feet of Corey Baird, who turned at the corner of the 18 and lofted a perfect pass onto Langsdorf's head, which he deposited near post. The goal was the second for the sophomore in his 17th career game.

"The first goal was an incredible cross by Corey and a wonderfully timed run by Foster," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "We've worked really hard on timing our runs in the box and as a program we're really proud of it. It was great execution.

Redshirt freshman Adam Mosharrafa netted his first career goal in the 68th minute when Verso and Langsdorf again were involved.

Verso ran down a long service at the end line and crossed it into the box. Surrounded by three defenders and with his back to the goal, Langsdorf was able to use his heel and slide the ball to Mosharrafa, who was in the right place at the right time and fired his chance past VCU keeper Pierre Gardan.

Stanford, which last year led the Pac-12 in goals against average for the first time since 2002, has won three straight matches without allowing a goal. It's the longest streak for the Cardinal since it shut out six consecutive opponents in the middle of the 2007 season.

The Cardinal is 11-1-4 in its last 16 matches on The Farm. Over that time, Stanford has outscored its opponents at home, 28-10, and not allowed more than one goal in any of the 16 contests.

Women's field hockey

An overtime goal by Jessica Chisholm lifted No. 6 Stanford to a 1-0 victory over Miami (Ohio) Sunday afternoon at the Varsity Turf.

After surviving a late flurry of penalty corners from the Redhawks (3-2) to end regulation, the Cardinal (3-1) secured its third consecutive victory on the first penalty corner of overtime in the 81st minute.

"The team stepped up today and everyone did their role well," said Stanford sixth-year head coach Tara Danielson. "It's early in the season so it was great to see a different style of play. It took us some time to adjust but we were patient in the backfield and created opportunities down the sidelines."

Stanford was dominant from the start, outshooting the Redhawks 20-5 while holding a 10-3 advantage in penalty corners, but Miami (Ohio) stood its ground throughout regulation.

The deadlock was nearly broken in the final 10 minutes of regulation, with the Redhawks earning three consecutive penalty corners with the clock winding down. With Jordan Barry serving a five-minute exclusion, Stanford was able to withstand the pressure and send the game to overtime.

Stanford was outshooting Miami, 4-0, in overtime until it won the final penalty corner of the game. Sarah Helgeson inserted a pass to Maddie Secco, who set up Chisholm's one-time effort into the bottom right corner with 4:28 remaining in the first overtime period. It is Chisholm's first goal of the season.

"We had ten corners and lots of opportunities," said Danielson. "It's all there for us, we just have to refine our play inside the circle and capitalize on our opportunities in the attacking end."

Chisholm and Secco led the Cardinal with four shots apiece and Lauren Becker had three. Dulcie Davies had a mostly quiet day in the cage, but her two saves came Stanford needed them most in the closing moments of regulation. Davies earned her second shutout in as many games.

Stanford is back in action Thursday when it travels to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on No. 17 Iowa, followed by matchups against Saint Louis and Kent State on Saturday and Sunday.

— Stanford Athletics

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