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Stanford's McNealy repeats as individual medalist


Junior All-American Maverick McNealy repeated as individual medalist and helped lead the Stanford men's golf team to a fourth-place finish Sunday in the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club.

McNealy, the 2015 Division I Player of the Year and ranked No. 1 last week among college players by Golfweek, closed with a 1-over-par 71 to finish at 7-under 203, three strokes ahead of Illinois' Thomas Detry. Last season, McNealy shared medalist honors at Olympia Fields and wound up winning an NCAA-best six tournaments.

Jordan Morris
Fifth-ranked Stanford entered the final round of the strong 15-team, 54-hole event Sunday with a two-stroke advantage over Oklahoma State and top-ranked Florida State. McNealy helped provide the cushion on Saturday by shooting a 65, highlighted by a hole-in-one on the 189-yard 15th hole with a 6-iron.

However, the Cardinal struggled on Sunday, posting an 11-over-par 291.  Florida State combined to shoot a 1-under 273 and won the tournament with a 6-over-par 846. Oklahoma State claimed second at 849, followed by Arizona State at 855 and Stanford at 856.

McNealy carded two birdies and three bogeys, but shot a 1-under 33 on the back nine. Junior Viraat Badhwar also shot 71 and tied for 16th at 4-over 214. He made one birdie and two bogeys, but played the last six holes in 1-under.

Senior David Boote shot 74 and tied for 27th at 8-over 218, while sophomore Franklin Huang shot 75 and tied for 38th at 11-over 221. Sophomore Bradley Knox closed with a 75 and tied for 65th at 17-over 227.

Stanford, the two-time defending Pac-12 Conference champion, returns to competition Oct. 4-6 at the Nike Golf College Invitational in Portland, Oregon.

Men's water polo

In a matchup of two of the top men's water polo programs in the nation, top-ranked UCLA edged fourth-ranked Stanford, 8-7, in the championship game of the Kap7 NorCal Invitational Sunday evening at Avery Aquatic Center.

Trailing 6-3 in the middle of the third quarter, the Cardinal (8-1) used a pair of goals from senior Bret Bonanni and a score from redshirt freshman Mitchell Mendoza in a span of 1:59 to tie the game at 6-6.

Bonanni opened the scoring run with a shot from five meters out that was deflected and found the back of the net. Mendoza then put the ball in the top right corner of the cage 44 seconds later. Bonanni tied it up with 2:30 to play in the third, scoring from the corner.

UCLA's Ryder Roberts ended the Cardinal run, scoring with 50 seconds left in the period to give the Bruins (9-0) a 7-6 edge heading into the final quarter.

Chancellor Ramirez then gave UCLA a two-score lead, corralling a loose ball off a rebound and scoring with 4:52 to play.

Bonanni registered his third goal of the game with 43 seconds left to make it 8-7, but the Bruins held off the Cardinal to take the win.

Junior goalie Drew Holland posted 12 saves against the Bruins, giving him 24 for the day. The Cardinal keeper recorded 12 stops against No. 2 USC earlier in the day.

Stanford used three goals from Mendoza to earn a hard-fought 6-5 victory over previously undefeated USC in the semifinals.

Stanford took a 3-0 first-half lead with goals from Reid Chase, Adam Abdulhamid and Mendoza. Chase converted a penalty throw, with Abdulhamid connecting from the corner and Mendoza rocketing it in from long range.

Women's soccer

A late goal and missed opportunities were too much for No 6 Stanford to overcome and the Cardinal dropped a 1-0 decision at Santa Clara on Sunday night.

The loss snaps the Cardinal's 10-game winning streak against the Broncos and is the first loss against Santa Clara since Sept. 30, 2006 – a 2-0 defeat.

Stanford (6-2) generated numerous scoring chances throughout the game, including a penalty kick, but could not find the finishing touch to get on the board. Santa Clara (6-3) became the first team this season to outshoot the Cardinal, holding a 13-11 advantage, and capitalized on one of its three corner kicks.

Stanford's best opportunity came in the 78th minute when a Cardinal attacker was taken down in the box and the Cardinal was awarded a penalty kick.

Haley Rosen stepped up to the spot and hammered a shot to the bottom left corner. However, the Broncos' Andi Tostanoski chose the correct direction in goal and made the save to keep the game at 0-0.

The Broncos got on the board seven minutes later when it earned a corner kick and Megan Crosson whipped an in-swinging cross from the right corner. Her service landed in the box, causing confusion and eventually ended up in the back of the net to give Santa Clara a late 1-0 lead.

"It was a hard-fought game," said Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe. "When we missed the penalty kick, the momentum changed to Santa Clara and they did a good job and got the result off the corner kick."

Stanford pressed forward the remainder of the game but could not produce an equalizer.

It was a back-and-forth game that featured regular opportunities for both teams. Stanford's defense did well to limit Santa Clara's opportunities to outside the 18-yard box a majority of the time and Jane Campbell was strong in goal. However, the Broncos pressed high throughout the game, disrupting the flow of Stanford's possession.

"The defense played well," said Ratcliffe. "Our possession style was not as effective today. We didn't get in our rhythm which was disappointing. That's the key for us, we need to get in a good rhythm to play good soccer."

The game started at a frenetic pace with both teams creating opportunities.

Men's soccer

Junior Jordan Morris pushed across his team-leading fourth goal for the Stanford men's soccer squad in the waning seconds of the first overtime, giving the Cardinal a 1-0 victory against Davidson at Cagan Stadium on a hot Sunday afternoon.

It's Morris' third straight game with a goal and his team's seventh consecutive victory--over which time Stanford has conceded just three goals and scored 12.

"Feels great," Morris said. "All credit to Davidson today. They played a great game. I think a staple of our team is we work hard until the last minute, even if that includes overtime."

Morris, who had several scoring opportunities throughout the match, finally put one in the back of the net just as the first ten-minute sudden-death overtime period was coming to an end. Senior Adrian Alabi, on the fringe of the field, fed the ball to Amir Bashti, who then tapped it to Eric Verso in the box. Verso then found Morris, who positioned himself at the far post, for the game-winner with under 10 seconds remaining.

The Cardinal's defense, anchored by veteran captain Brandon Vincent, was stingy once again, limiting the Wildcats (2-3-2) to six total shots and none on goal.

The shutout, Stanford's fifth of the season, lowered its goals-against-average to 0.48. Goalie Andrew Epstein has only been forced to make 12 saves in eight games played.

"I thought we played well today. Everybody's always going to analyze whether you take care of business at whatever time, but I thought we played well," Cardinal coach Jeremy Gunn said. "We were always the aggressor; they had one great shot in the game that could've stolen it, but other than that it was all us. We just got to that stage where, because hadn't scored, we got a little bit frustrated. It was a hot, tough day...but credit to our players, even though it was frustrating, we kept looking for the winning goal. And that's all that we can ever ask."


Stanford finished seventh at the Hatch Brown Trophy, co-hosted by Boston College and MIT, on Sunday.

Cardinal finished fourth in the 'C' division, winning one race. Stanford also won a race in the 'A' division.

Yale was the overall winner.

— Stanford Athletics

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