SARATOGA, Calif. – No. 1 Stanford began its season with a pair of convincing wins on the first day of the LouStrong Memorial hosted by San Jose State on Saturday morning. The Cardinal defeated No. 14 San Jose State, 17-1, before dispatching No. 17 UC Davis, 21-2.
Sophomore Madison Berggren scored six combined goals in the two games, while Jamie Neushul and Dani Jackovich each scored four times. Returning after a year away from Stanford to train with the United States Women’s Senior National Team, Gabby Stone returned to the cage and made seven saves in the opener. Goalkeeper Julia Hermann, an All-American in 2016, took over against UC Davis and made nine stops in the rout.
The tournament concludes tomorrow with an exhibition against No. 3 UCLA at 8:30 a.m.
No. 1 Stanford 17 – No. 14 San Jose State 1
Two-time Olympic MVP Maggie Steffens returned to the pool and collected a hat trick for the Cardinal in her first collegiate action since the 2015 NCAA final, scoring in each of the second, third and fourth quarters to lead the charge in Stanford’s 17-1 victory over the host Spartans.
Dani Jackovich, Jamie Neushul and Madison Berggren staked Stanford to an early 3-1 lead and Cassidy Papa added two along with Steffens’ tally in the second to make the score 6-1 at the half.
The Cardinal tacked on another four in the third before exploding for seven goals from six different players in the final period. Shannon Cleary had a pair in the fourth and was backed up with scores from Dani Jackovich, Katie Dudley, Jordan Raney, Steffens and freshman Hannah Shabb.
Stanford converted all but one of its six 6-on-5 opportunities and went 1-of-2 on penalty shots.
No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 14 San Jose State
Jan. 14, 2017 • Saratoga, Calif.
SJSU 1 – 0 – 0 – 0 = 1
STAN 3 – 3 – 4 – 7 = 17
San Jose State Goals: Michelle Taikeff
San Jose State Saves: Katelynn Thompson 4
Stanford Goals: Maggie Steffens 3, Madison Berggren 2, Shannon Cleary 2, Dani Jackovich 2, Jamie Neushul 2, Cassidy Papa 2, Katie Dudley, Jordan Raney, Hannah Shabb, Mackenzie Wiley
Stanford Saves: Gabby Stone 7
No. 1 Stanford 21 – No. 17 UC Davis 2
Madison Berggren poured in a career-high four, fellow sophomore Kat Klass collected her eighth career hat trick and Stanford scored its most goals since March 20, 2015 against Harvard (23) in beating the Aggies 21-2.
Jordan Raney scored two of Stanford’s eight first-quarter goals and the Cardinal added five more in the second to lead 13-1 at the break. Raney, Dani Jackovich, Jamie Neushul, Kat Klass and Makenzie Fischer each had two goals in the first half. For Fischer, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist, her first-quarter strike with 2:04 on the clock was the freshman’s first collegiate goal.
Stanford was up 15-1 late in the third when UC Davis slipped its second past goalkeeper Julia Hermann. The Cardinal would score the game’s final six to secure the 19-goal win.
Stanford went 3-for-5 on the power play against the Aggies.
No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 17 UC Davis
Jan. 14, 2017 • Saratoga, Calif.
UCD 0 – 1 – 1 – 0 = 2
STAN 8 – 5 – 3 – 5 = 21
UC Davis Goals: Greta Kohlmoos, Chloe Robinson
UC Davis Saves: Caitlin Golding 4, Avery Dotterer 3
Stanford Goals: Madison Berggren 4, Kat Klass 3, Makenzie Fischer 2, Dani Jackovich 2, Jamie Neushul 2, Jordan Raney 2, Mackenzie Wiley 2, Katie Dudley, Sophia Monaghan, Cassidy Papa, Sophia Stefan
Stanford Saves: Julia Hermann 9