Sacramento, California. Saturday March 17
Stanford fell behind early in Sacramento against the Sacramento State Hornets on St. Paddy’s Day, and despite a much-improved second half, they were unable to recover eventually falling 24-41. It was Stanford that struck first off of a flowing counter attack movement in which wing Orfeo Tagiuri touched down to take a 5-0 lead. However, the rest of the half was all Sacramento State, as they were able to score three tries in minutes 9, 21, and 36, and add a penalty kick as well for a commanding 24-5 half time lead. Despite giving up the first second half score to the Hornets, Stanford clawed their way back into the match, scoring three second half tries, but it was too little too late for the Cardinal and they were unable to mount the full comeback. There were many bright spots for the Cardinal, including the play of senior captain Alex Menke who led from the front with many hard charging runs, as well as the hard work and improvement of a very young tight five, consisting of four freshmen and a sophomore. On the whole, six freshmen and two sophomores started for a very young Stanford team.
In the 2nd XV match, a last minute try by hooker Dan Nelsen, and conversion by Vala Dormiani, led to a thrilling come from behind 24-22 victory for Stanford. Winger Griffin Nosenzo had multiple long runs and scored two second half tries in securing the win.
Stanford concludes their 2012 season on April 7th when they take on Chico State at home, a team they defeated earlier this year.
Saturday April 7: Chico State @ Stanford @ 2:00 pm (2nd Side to follow after)
Stanford 1st XV vs. Sacramento State
1: Patrick Quigley 2: Jeremy Kim 3: Phillip Jones (Uche Omegara) (Cameron Bailey) 4: Reed Johnson 5: Austin Carey 6: Alex Selowsky 7: Devin Guillory 8: Alex Menke 9: Dan Ibarra 10: Jason Liljenquist (Marcus Turner) 11: Matt Duenas 12: Liam McNally 13: Marcus Henderson 14: Orfeo Tagiuri 15: Chase Russell
Stanford, California. Saturday March 10
Stanford eventually fell to Conference leading Santa Clara University 33-22 in a tight see-saw battle that saw four lead changes and a halftime tie. Stanford scored first after tenacious defense backed Santa Clara up to their own goal line, and the Cardinal then drove over from a lineout for a 2nd minute score by Dan Ibarra. Santa Clara would bounce back to score the next two tries in the 15th and 22nd minutes, one by way of a multi phase well coordinated attack, and the second by way of a intercept of a Stanford pass against the run of play. Stanford fought back to score shortly before the half on a bulldozing run by center Liam McNally. Flyfhalf Jason Liljenquist converted the score for a 12-12 half time tie.
In the second half, Stanford started strong and scored quickly to start the half again, this time by way of flanker Devin Guillory. For the next 15 minutes, Santa Clara elevated their game and jumped on Stanford mistakes, scoring three tries, converting two, and re-taking the jumping out to a 33-17 lead. Stanford didn’t give up and an Alex Selowsky try put the game back within reach with nine minutes to go, but the Cardinal couldn’t work another come back like the week before, and at the final whistle, Santa Clara remained in front 33-22.
Saturday March 17: Stanford @ Sacramento State @ 1:00 pm (2nd Side to follow after)
Stanford 1st XV vs. Santa Clara
1: Patrick Quigley (Uche Omegara) 2: Ryan Swaboda (Jeremy Kim) 3: Zach Yohannes 4: Reed Johnson 5: Austin Carey 6: Devin Guillory (Alex Selowsky) 7: Dan Agness 8: Alex Menke 9: Dan Ibarra 10: Jason Liljenquist (Marcus Turner) 11: Matt Duenas 12: Liam McNally 13: Marcus Henderson 14: Orfeo Tagiuri 15: Chase Russell
On Sunday March 11, 2012, Stanford Rugby will participate in the San Jose 408K ‘Race To The Row’ benefitting the Pat Tillman Foundation. In partnership with Try For Others (TFO), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping critically injured athletes live a more active and independent lifestyle, Stanford Rugby will have both the men’s and women’s teams represent Team TFO at the inaugural 8K race.
The event, which Stanford Rugby is using as a fundraiser, has raised over $10,000 to support their program and adopted charities. TFO will be sponsoring a field of disabled athletes to race alongside the team, including a number of injured military veterans.
“Try For Others (TFO) is thrilled to have so many Stanford Rugby players represent Team TFO at the 408K,” said TFO Founder Dominic Cooke. “Through their support, we are able to honor the legacy of Pat Tillman and provide opportunities for challenged athletes to defy stereotypes and challenge their limitations.”
The sold-out race begins at the HP Pavillon in downtown San Jose before finishing at the beautiful Santana Row. Those interested in supporting Stanford Rugby with their fundraising efforts can make donations at www.teamtfo.org
Additional information can be found at http://www.teamtfo.org