PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Third-ranked Stanford men’s water polo picked up wins over No. 10 St. Francis Brooklyn and MIT Sunday to conclude a 4-0 weekend at the Bruno Fall Classic in Providence, R.I.
The Cardinal (4-0) opened the day with a 17-1 win over St. Francis Brooklyn before closing the tournament with a 24-5 win over MIT. Stanford next sees action at the NorCal Invitational from Sept. 21-22 in Berkeley. The schedule for the tournament will be released early in the week leading up to the event.
Sophomore Bret Bonanni scored nine goals to lead the Cardinal Sunday, while junior Alex Bowen scored six with freshmen Jackson Kimbell and Connor Stapleton each finding the net four times.
In the cage, senior Scott Platshon and freshman Drew Holland split the games, with Holland making 10 saves in the morning against St. Francis Brooklyn and Platshon also stopping 10 shots against MIT.
Stanford wasted little time building an insurmountable lead on the Terriers, scoring six first-period goals en route to an 8-0 halftime edge. Holland and the Cardinal defense held the Terriers scoreless until the final period, but by that time the Cardinal enjoyed a double-digit lead and cruised to the win.
Bonanni led the Cardinal with five goals in the win, followed by Bowen with four, Kimbell with three, Stapleton two and BJ Churnside, Reid Chase and Charlie Wiser with one apiece.
It was more of the same in the afternoon against MIT, as Stanford, holding a 4-1 lead after the opening eight minutes, exploded for eight goals in the second frame to take a commanding 12-1 lead at the break. The Cardinal went on to outscore the Engineers 6-2 in each of the final two periods to roll to the 24-5 win.
Bonanni again led the Cardinal in scoring, netting four goals this time. Churnside and Nick Hoversten posted hat tricks while Bowen, Stapleton, Adam Abdulhamid, Connearr Cleary and Paul Rudolph each scored twice and individual goals were scored by Chase, Kimbell and freshman Kyle Weikert.
St. Francis – 0 0 0 1 = 1
Stanford – 6 2 2 7 = 17
Stanford Goal Scorers: Bonanni 5, Bowen 4, Kimbell 3, Stapleton 2, Chase, Churnside, Wiser
St. Francis Goal Scorers: TBD
Goalie Saves: Holland 10 (S); St. Francis TBD
MIT – 1 0 2 2 = 5
Stanford – 4 8 6 6 = 24
Stanford Goal Scorers: Bonanni 4, Churnside 3, Hoversten 3, Abdulhamid 2, Bowen 2, Cleary 2, Rudolph 2, Stapleton 2, Chase, Kimbell, Weikert, Wiser
MIT Goal Scorers: TBD
Goalies: Platshon 10 (S); MIT TBD