Stanford men shoot past competition at water polo tournament


The third-ranked Stanford men's water polo team totaled 37 goals in a pair of victories over No. 8 Long Beach State and Concordia to advance to the semifinals of the SoCal Invitational Saturday at Burns Aquatics Center on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

After earning a 12-7 victory over Long Beach State and a 25-7 win over Concordia, the Cardinal (14-2) advanced to the semifinals of the two-day tournament where it will play No. 2 USC, a 10-8 winner over UC Santa Barbara.

Tom Fawcett
The Cardinal's semifinal game will take place at noon on Sunday at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool on the campus of Pepperdine University.

After scoring four goals in Stanford's win over Concordia in the Cardinal's first game of the day, senior Bret Bonanni picked up right where he left off. He rattled the cage just over three minutes in to its game against Long Beach State in the afternoon to put Stanford up early.

Stanford added scores from Connor Stapleton and Reid Chase to record the first three goals of the game and took a 4-2 lead into the second quarter.

The Waves scored two of the next three goals to cut Stanford's lead to just one at 5-4 midway through the second quarter, before Stapleton and BJ Churnside each scored a goal in the final 2:17 of the half to give the Cardinal a 7-4 halftime advantage.

Churnside opened the second half with his second goal of the contest as Stanford extended its lead to 8-4.

Stanford held at least a three-goal advantage throughout the remainder of the second half en route to the 12-7 win.

Senior goalie Drew Holland posted six saves in the cage for Stanford.

Earlier on Saturday, the Cardinal recorded its second highest score of the season in the 25-7 victory over Concordia.

Stanford got three goals apiece from junior Kyle Weikert, and redshirt sophomores Justin Roberto and Sam Pfeil in the win.

Sophomore goalie Oliver Lewis posted 10 saves playing the entire game in the cage for the Cardinal.

Men' s tennis

Sophomore Tom Fawcett moved into the semifinals of the Saint Francis ITA All-American Championships on Saturday with a pair of straight-set victories.

After defeating Auburn's Marco Krickovic 6-4, 6-0, Fawcett trailed 5-4 in the second set against North Carolina's Ronnie Schneider before rallying to claim the win.

By reaching the quarterfinals, Fawcett earns an automatic berth into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships scheduled for Nov. 12-15 in New York.

Honored in 2015 as the ITA Northwest Region Rookie of the Year and the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Fawcett led the Cardinal with a 26-12 overall record and 14-7 mark in duals while playing all of his matches at the No. 1 spot. Earning a No. 35 national final ranking, Fawcett also received an at-large berth in the NCAA Singles Championship.

Fawcett captured the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships title last October, becoming first Cardinal player to win the event since Ryan Thacher (2011) and first Stanford freshman to accomplish the feat since KJ Hippensteel (1998).

— Stanford Athletics

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