Stanford (16-1, 2-0 MPSF) closes its brief two-game homestand Saturday afternoon hosting No. 5 Arizona State for a 1 p.m. contest. It is the second meeting of the season between the two schools, as the Cardinal defeated the Sun Devils 11-10 in the UCI Invitational second round on Feb. 22.
The Cardinal enters Saturday’s contest on the heels of its biggest win of 2014, a 9-5 victory over No. 1 USC last Sunday at Avery Aquatic Center. The win snapped USC’s 27-game winning streak dating back to last season.
Seven different players scored for the Cardinal, while in the cage sophomore goalie Gabby Stone made a career-high 13 saves in holding the Trojans, which entered the game as the MPSF’s top offense with 15.9 goals per game, to a season-low five goals. For her performance, Stone was named MPSF/KAP 7 Player of the Week Monday.
The Cardinal’s victory over USC put Stanford in the driver’s seat for the top seed at the MPSF Championship. At 2-0 in conference play, Stanford is led by Maggie Steffens (34 goals) while Ashley Grossman and Kiley Neushul each have 30 goals.
The CWPA Varsity Top 20 was released Wednesday afternoon and the Cardinal, after Sunday's win, vaulted two spots into a dead heat for No. 1 with UCLA. The Cardinal was last atop the poll through last year’s MPSF Championship.
Arizona State (13-6, 1-2 MPSF) will carry a four-game winning streak into Saturday’s contest at Avery Aquatic Center. After dropping two straight MPSF games to USC and UCLA, the Sun Devils rebounded with four straight wins at home against Marist, CSU Bakersfield, Occidental and Whittier.
The Sun Devils are led in the pool by Alkistis Benekou (47 goals), Izabella Chiappini (38), and Petra Pardi (35). In the cage, E.B. Keeve leads the MPSF with 12.44 saves per game and is fourth with a 7.06 goals-against average.