Cardinal Drops Big Splash – Stanford University Athletics

STANFORD, Calif. – California, No. 1, beat No. 4 Stanford 7-2 in the second quarter, creating some separation between the two teams en route to an 18-12 win at Avery Aquatic Center’s annual Big Splash.

With the win, California improved to 19-1 overall, including 3-0 in the MPSF. The setback dropped Stanford to 20-4 in the season, with a 0-3 mark in MPSF play.

After the game, the Cardinal recognized his five-man senior class as part of Senior Day.

#4 Stanford 12 – #1 California 18

The cardinal got off the board first on a goal Grant Watson, but California rattled off three unanswered to take a 3-1 lead with 3:31 in the first quarter. With eight seconds left, California was 3-2 up, earning a disqualification and a penalty but missing the five-yard shot and even giving Stanford a chance for a tie in the dying seconds. Senior Quinn Woodhead took the chance for Stanford, but his jump shot hit the post and dribbled away.

Watson fired at Stanford’s first possession in the second quarter and leveled the score at 3-3 with his second goal of the afternoon. The Gold Bears scored the next two goals and ended the half with a 5-0 run to go into the break with a 10-4 lead.

Stanford’s offense gained momentum in the third quarter, scoring seven goals on the board, but California held on with six of their own to maintain a comfortable 16-11 cushion going into the final quarter. Jackson Painter provided the bulk of the offense for the cardinal in the third, finding the cage three times.

The productive third quarter gave way to a defensive final for eight minutes in which the two teams scored just three goals combined. Stanford’s only tally for the quarter came from Riley Pittman 2:50 on the clock – his third goal of the game.

Stanford will now prepare for next week’s MPSF tournament in Los Angeles. The Cardinal meets Augustana in the opening round at 11:15 a.m. Friday.

#1 California vs. #4 Stanford
Nov. 12, 2022 • Stanford, California
CAL 3 – 7 – 6 – 2 = 18
STAN 2 – 2 – 7 – 1 = 12

California Destinations: Nikolas Papanikolaou (4), Max Casabella (3), Jack Deely (3), Jake Howerton (2), Nik Mirkovic (2), Roberto Valera (2), Garrett Dunn (1), Albert Ponferrada (1)

Stanford Goals: Jackson Painter (3), Riley Pittman (3), Walker Seymour (2), Grant Watson (2), Soren Jensen (1), Beck Jurasius (1)

Saves: Adrian Weinberg (6), Nolan Krutonog (6)