Cardinal men splash past Gauchos in water polo contest

Ben Hallock Scored three goals in Stanford's win over the Gauchos. Photo by Bill Dally/Stanford Athletics.

Freshman Ben Hallock scored three goals, senior Drew Holland matched his season-high with 17 saves and the fourth-ranked Stanford men's water polo team beat visiting No. 8 UC Santa Barbara, 11-5, Saturday.

Stanford (9-3), which honored several members of the Cardinal's four NCAA championship teams from the 1980s, won its third consecutive contest. The program celebrated the achievements of those title-winning teams from the 1980s during a special halftime ceremony.

Drew Holland
The Cardinal erased an early one-goal deficit with back-to-back scores from freshman Sawyer Rhodes and junior Blake Parrishr.

A Gaucho (9-8) goal in the first minute of the second period tied it, but Stanford responded with the next three scores and never looked back.

Senior Connor Stapleton started the run, with Hallock punching home his first score and sophomore Bennett Williams connecting on a power play goal to give Stanford a 5-2 halftime advantage.

The Cardinal stretched its lead to 8-4 with a Parrish goal and two more from Hallock in the third quarter.

Stanford added goals from Stapleton, Cody Smith and Reid Chase for the final margin of victory.

Stanford has posted double-digit scores in nine of its 12 games.

Holland recorded his seventh double-digit save performance of the season. He has recorded at least 10 stops in each of the past six matches.

UC Santa Barbara is coached by Stanford grad and four-time All-American Wolf Wigo.

Menlo grad Tiago Bonchristiano is a back-up goalie with the Gauchos.

Stanford continues its four-game homestand on Friday, hosting Wagner and Bucknell at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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