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Cardinal men continue torrid pace at water polo tournament

Several locals contribute for other teams in the tournament

Blake Parrish scored eight goals in the two games Sunday. Photo by Al Chang/

A day after totaling 45 goals in a pair of wins, the third-ranked Stanford men's water polo team produced 40 goals in two more victories on Sunday to punctuate its four-game weekend sweep at the Bruno Classic.

The Cardinal posted a 21-5 victory over No. 19 St. Francis Brooklyn in the morning and closed the two-day event with a 19-0 win over No. 15 Brown Sunday at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on the Brown campus.

Phileppe Marco/Pepperdine Athletics
Junior Blake Parrish led Stanford offensively with eight goals, including five in the win over St. Francis Brooklyn. Senior Jackson Kimbell and sophomore Bennett Williams posted six goals each over the two games. Williams netted four goals against St. Francis Brooklyn and two against Brown, while Kimbell posted three scores in each contest.

Senior Cody Smith also posted a hat trick in the win over the Bears, adding two goals in the triumph over the Terriers.

A day after registering seven goals in wins over Harvard and MIT, freshman Ben Hallock found the back of the cage four times in Sunday's wins.

In Sunday's first game, Stanford scored six of the first seven goals against St. Francis Brooklyn and took an 11-4 lead into the halftime break. The Cardinal out-scored the Terriers, 10-1, in the second half to finish with at least 21 goals in each of its first three games.

Senior Drew Holland started and played the first three quarters, before handing it over to sophomore Andrew Chun in the fourth to seal the win over St. Francis Brooklyn.

In the final game of the weekend, Stanford scored three goals in the first two minutes and never looked back, en route to the 19-0 victory.

Chun started and played the entire match in goal for the Cardinal, posting Stanford's first shutout of the season.

Stanford returns to the west coast, where it will prepare for a top-three showdown with No. 2 USC Friday at 5 p.m. in Los Angeles.

Menlo School grad James Thygesen, a sophomore at Brown, had a goal and assist in a loss to Princeton, a goal in an overtime loss to Pepperdine and came closest to scoring against Stanford as his shot hit off the crossbar and dropped to the fave of the goal, where it was recovered.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Philippe Marco appeared in two games in goal for Pepperdine, which swept four games in the tournament. He recorded a career-high 10 saves over three quarters in a win against MIT and then made four saves in a quarter against Brown. SHP grad JC Marco is also at Pepperdine.

Palo Alto grad Jared Stanley recorded his first career goal with Bucknell in a close loss to Cal Baptist. Menlo grad Scott Little also plays for the Bison.

Harvard split four games in the Bruno Classic, beating McKendree and Wagner on Sunday. Menlo School grad Ben Wagner scored his first three collegiate goals in the victory over McKendree. Sacred Heart Prep grads Grant Harvey and Jackson Enright are also with the Crimson.

MIT finished 1-3 at the tournament. Sacred Heart Prep grad Zach Churukian, who led the team with 38 goals last year, Palo Alto grad Lucas Novak and Menlo grad Nikhail Bhatia are all on the MIT roster.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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