Stanford blows past Pomona-Pitzer
Cardinal score seven consecutive goals to advance to next round
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Seven consecutive goals broke open a 1-1 game and led Stanford to a 17-5 win against Pomona-Pitzer in Friday's quarterfinal round of the NCAA tournament at San Diego State.
It was the second NC Championship meeting of the schools. The teams met in the quarterfinal of the 2010 edition, also held at San Diego State, with Stanford claiming a 23-3 win.
The Cardinal (24-2) will face fourth-seeded UC Irvine, 8-6 winners against Loyola Marymount Friday evening.
Saturday's semifinal will be the second meeting between Stanford and UC Irvine this season. The Cardinal defeated the Anteaters, 17-5, at Avery Aquatic Center back on March 4.
Victoria Kennedy led the Cardinal with four goals Friday, while Alyssa Lo and Pallavi Menon also posted hat tricks with three goals apiece. Kaley Dodson scored twice and additional goals were added by Cory Dodson, Jillian Garton, Alexis Lee, Kaitlyn Lo and Kiley Neushul.
Goalies Kate Baldoni and Emily Dorst each played a half in the cage, combining for nine saves and allowing just five goals. Baldoni played the opening half, making six saves, while Dorst handled the second half and stopped three shots.
Kennedy opened up the scoring for the Cardinal 23 seconds into the game, converting a second-chance shot with a whirling backhand. Pomona-Pitzer would answer just 30 seconds later as Annie Oxborough-Yankus netted a power-play goal to even it up at 1-1.
That was as close as it got, however, as Stanford would embark on a 7-0 run from the 5:19 mark of the first period to the 5:46 mark of the second that took the wind out of the Sagehens' sails.
Alyssa Lo opened the run on a shot to the far post at 5:19, followed by goals from Garton (4:00) and Menon (3:17) that forced a Pomona-Pitzer timeout. The Cardinal would answer with Kaitlyn Lo's goal with 1:49 left in the frame.
The run continued in the second period, as Kennedy netted a power-play goal 29 seconds into the frame before notching her hat trick 26 seconds later. The Sagehens finally got back on the board at 5:46 through Sarah Westcott's goal on the 6-on-5, ending a scoreless drought of 9:21.
Stanford would get three more goals before the end of the half from Cory Dodson, Menon and Neushul, making it 10-2 at the break. Baldoni kept it that way in the final seconds of the half, making a pair of saves against the Sagehens.
The second half opened with a penalty shot goal from Kaley Dodson followed by repeat goals from Kennedy and Menon, putting the Cardinal up 13-2. Pomona-Pitzer would manage three more goals the rest of the way, but it would not be enough as the Cardinal defense clamped down.