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Cardinal corner: Men's water polo blocks the 49ers


Freshman Ben Hallock scored four goals, senior Jackson Kimbell scored three and the fourth-ranked Stanford men's water polo team claimed a 10-9 nonconference victory over host Long Beach State on Saturday.

Kimbell scored his final goal to put the Cardinal (14-3) ahead, 10-6, with 3:44 remaining to play.

Marissa Cicione
The 49ers responded with three goals over a span of 1:20 in the final quarter to cut the Cardinal lead with a little more than two minutes remaining.

The Cardinal defense clamped down, recording a late field block to seal the win. Sophomore goalie Andrew Chun started in the cage for the Cardinal, posting seven saves.

Stanford erased an early deficit in the match as Kimbell and Hallock scored to help give the Cardinal a 3-2 lead early.

Hallock recorded his second score of the match with 52 seconds remaining in the half to put Stanford up for good with a 4-3 advantage at the half.

Stanford opened the second half with four of the next five goals as the Cardinal stretched its lead to 8-4 late in the third quarter.

Hallock converted a penalty shot after a Connor Stapleton goal to begin the rally. Kimbell followed a Blake Parrish score with a goal in the final three minutes of the third period for the four-goal advantage.

Hallock recorded his 10th hat trick of the season in the Cardinal victory. He has scored at least one goal in all 17 games this season.

Stanford. on an eight-game winning streak, will play its final road game of the regular-season on Sunday at No. 6 UC Irvine at 1 p.m.

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Seniors Kristina Bassi and Marissa Cicione each produced two goals and two assists to power No. 18 Stanford past UC Davis, 6-2, Saturday and clinching the No. 1 seed in the West Division of the America East heading into next week's tournament.

From the opening whistle the match was dominated by the Cardinal (10-7, 4-2 AE) as it came out of the gate to crush 13 shots at the Aggies (1-16, 0-6 AE) while needing less than 90 seconds to show the tag team of the night as Bassi sent a ball through the left side that Cicione one-touched into the left corner.

The duo flipped the script less than 30 seconds later with a bounce coming off UCD's goalie that Cicione knocked to Bassi who tipped it in. The Aggies were able to strike in the first half in the sixth minute, but the Bassi/Cicione show rolled on with another cross to the middle that Bassi made a juke move to finish for her second goal.

Corinne Zanolli added another off a penalty stroke in the 25th minute, but the night belonged to the seniors as Cicione struck again with a pass from Bassi for a one-touch shot into the left corner to pull the score to 5-1 at the half.

The second period saw Stanford control the action throughout while switching up the personnel. In the 40th minute an incredible corner that saw Sarah Johnson insert to Katie Keyser that stopped for Zanolli for a pass back to Johnson for a goal into the top shelf.

The Cardinal will now travel to Lowell, Mass. next week to defend its 2016 America East title. Stanford will open the tournament on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. PT against the host school UMass Lowell.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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