Santa Clara, California. Friday February 17
In front of a large and hostile crowd celebrating Santa Clara homecoming week, Stanford lost their conference opener to an adventurous Santa Clara team. Stanford opened the match scoring the first try and led much of the first half, but after three consecutive yellow cards, the second to one player resulting in a red card, Stanford gave up the lead and three tries resulting in a 7-19 halftime score. Despite being down a man for most of the first half and the entire second half, Stanford rallied back early in the second period, scoring a try off a reclaimed chip and chase by flyhalf Chase Russell who offloaded to hooker Ryan Swaboda for the try. After pulling within one score, Stanford were unable to capitalize on their own opportunities, making unforced errors in their opponents end, and made poor tactical decisions in their own half, giving Santa Clara too many chances in Stanford’s half. In the final twenty minutes, Stanford let in three tries, and the game closed at 38-12. Stanford continues league play this weekend against Sacramento State, a team that one it’s conference opener again Chico State the previous week.
Saturday Feb 25: Sacramento State @ Steuber Field- Stanford @ 3:00pm *Parents Weekend
Stanford 1st XV vs. Cal
1: Nat Oliver 2: Ryan Swaboda (Jeremy Kim) 3: Zach Yohannes 4: Reed Johnson 5: Austin Carey 6: Joe Welch (Alex Selowsky) 7: Dan Agness 8: Alex Menke 9: Dan Ibarra 10: Chase Russell 11: Matt Duenas (Jason Liljenquist) 12: Liam McNally 13: Marcus Henderson (Gianni Maize) 14: Marcus Turner 15: Orfeo Tagiuri
Las Vegas, Nevada- Saturday February 11th
Stanford swept through pool play finishing 3-0 after consecutive victories over Cal Poly (17-12), Georgia (24-0), and Albany (21-7). Stanford advanced to the cup quarterfinals before losing to an aggressive Stonybrook University side 0-12. In the final match, Stanford rebounded to beat Yale 21-0. Stanford finished the tournament tied for 9th out of 32 teams.
Stanford Las Vegas Sevens Squad:
Marcus Henderson, Marcus Turner, Orfeo Tagiuri, Chase Russell, Gianni Maize, Dan Ibarra, Alejandro Sanchez, Austin Carey, Wes LaGrandeur, Matt Duenas, Liam McNally, Alex Menke
Stanford, California. Saturday Thursday February 2
For the second time in the past week, the Cardinal faced one of the top D1A rugby programs in the country, this time squaring off against the St. Mary’s College Gaels. The Gaels took the lead early and never looked back, running away with a 85-0 victory due to an impressive blend of speed, physicality, and experience. Like the previous weekends encounter with Cal, a young Stanford team comprising seven underclassmen, improved as the match went on, and showed moments and patches where they competed as equals with another of the nations finest. Stanford will have a week off next week, when they send a 7’s team down to the Las Vegas Invitational, and then will begin their D1AA Nor Cal Conference with a Friday night game against Santa Clara the following weekend.
Las Vegas Invitational: February 9-11 (Thursday-Saturday) in Las Vegas
@ Santa Clara: Friday February 17th at 6pm
Stanford 1st XV vs. Cal
1: Nat Oliver 2: Ryan Swaboda (Jeremy Kim) 3: Cameron Bailey (Uche Omegara) 4: Austin Carey (Stewart Youngblood) 5: Rush Moody (Alex Selowsky) 6: Paul Maler 7: Dan Agness 8: Alex Menke 9: Dan Ibarra 10: Chase Russell 11: Matt Duenas (Marcus Turner) 12: Liam McNally (Weston LaGrandeur) 13: Giani Maize 14: Alejandro Sanchez (Orfeo Tagiuri) 15: Marcus Henderson