Cardinal corner: Bing honored twice with weekly awards


Kelsey Bing earned two honors this week after being named the America East Defensive Player of the Week as well as receiving an honorable mention by the NFHCA for her role in Stanford's 1-0 win over No. 24 Pacific.

The sophomore goalkeeper stopped all seven shots she faced and recorded her eighth career shutout in a win over the Tigers on Thursday. On the year, Bing has posted a 0.97 goals against average, ranking her first in the conference and 10th in the NCAA.

Bennett Williams
The NFHCA honor is the first of Bing's career and America East honor her the second of the season with her first honor coming Aug. 29.

The No. 12 Cardinal will take to the road again this week as it sets to travel east for three games against conference opponents UMass Lowell, New Hampshire and Maine.

Men's water polo

Third-ranked Stanford returns to Los Angeles to compete in the Mountain Pacific Invitational Friday through Sunday, held at both the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on the USC campus and the Burns Recreation Center on the Loyola Marymount campus.

The Cardinal is one of 16 of the top-20 men's water polo programs in the nation, according to the Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association poll, in the Mountain Pacific Invitational field.

The participants also include No. 1 California, No. 2 USC, No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 Pacific, No. 6 Long Beach State, No. 7 UC Santa Barbara, No. 8 Pepperdine, No. 9 UC Davis, No. 10 UC Irvine, No. 12 Princeton, No. 12 UC San Diego, No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer, No. 20 Loyola Marymount, San Jose State and Air Force.

Stanford will open play Friday at 3:30 p.m. against Pomona-Pitzer on the USC campus. The winner will face the winner of Friday's match between Princeton and Long Beach State on Saturday.

Semifinal rounds will be held later Saturday afternoon. All teams will compete for placing on Sunday, culminating with the championship match at 2:30 p.m. PT at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

The Cardinal enters the weekend 4-1 on the year, with its lone defeat coming to No. 2 USC (8-6) in Los Angeles in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener for both teams two weeks ago.

Freshman Ben Hallock and junior Blake Parrish lead the Cardinal offensively with 13 goals apiece. Sophomore Bennett Williams (12) and seniors Jackson Kimbell (11) and Cody Smith (10) round out Stanford's double-digit scorers on the year. Hallock, Kimbell, Smith and Williams have each scored at least one goal in all four matches.

Senior goalie Drew Holland has started all four matches in the cage, totaling 11 saves on the year.

Stanford placed fifth in last year's Mountain Pacific Invitational, held in Berkeley. The Cardinal defeated San Jose State, Pepperdine and Long Beach State, dropping a 9-8 decision to Pacific in last season's tournament.

— Stanford Athletics

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