Nov. 16, 2006
Stanford, Ca -
Three seniors on the fourth-ranked Stanford men's water polo team will be playing in their final home game of their careers when the Cardinal hosts Pacific on Saturday (10 a.m.) in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) game at the Avery Aquatic Center.
Senior Tyler Drake has scored 81 goals in his four seasons at Stanford including a team-leading 33 goals this year. J.J. Garton has scored a career-high 23 goals this year while Beau Stockstill has been a reserve goalkeeper for Stanford in his four seasons. Last weekend, Stockstill had a season-high six saves against Santa Clara.
Stanford, 15-7 overall and 4-3 in the MPSF, will face Pacific (15-14 overall, 2-5 overall) for a fourth time this year. All three previous games have been competitive. On Sept. 16 at the NorCal Tournament at Stanford, Janson and Drac Wigo combined for five goals in Stanford's 9-6 victory over the Tigers. Janson Wigo led the Cardinal attack with three goals while Sandy Hohener had nine saves. On Sept. 23 in Stockton, Pacific scored a 11-10 upset victory in overtime. With 17 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, Pacific senior Matt Mitchell scored his only goal of the game in a 6-on-5 situation to give the Tigers their first win over Stanford since October 7, 2000, an 8-7 decision at Stanford. On Oct. 15 at the Southern California Tournament at USC, Tyler Drake tallied a career-high six goals to lead Stanford to a 14-6 victory over Pacific. Michael Bury and J.J. Garton each added two goals.
Stanford will see two of the top scorers in the MPSF when they face Pacific ... Duje Kaurloto and Dragan Bakic rank 3-4 in the conference for Pacific with 67 and 66 goals, respectively ... As a team, the Tigers are averging 10.28 goals per game compared to 9.59 for the Cardinal ... Tyler Drake is 14th in the MPSF in scoring with 33 goals ... Jimmy Sandman is fifth in the MPSF in both goals against average (5.20) and saves (8.80).