Stanford’s season came to an end with two losses at home to UC Davis on March 9th and Sacramento State on March 16th.
Against UC Davis, Stanford put in an improved and physical performance. However, the Cardinal were put on the back foot in the field position game, with a poor kick and chase game and allowing UC Davis kicks to find space. Stanford were able to cross the line twice in the first half courtesy of sophomore Alex Le Roux (Scrumhalf) who did well in his first, 1st XV start, and senior Stewart Youngblood (Lock) who continued to lead with his physicality. In the second half, sophomore Jeremy Kim (Hooker) dotted down, while junior Dan Agness (Number 8) crossed down on a fluid change of direction play. Junior Jason Liljenquist (Flyhalf) was able to convert three of the tries in the losing effort.
Against Sacramento State, Stanford were able to dominate a majority of field position and possession, but an athletic and dangerous Sacramento State team was able to finish long line breaks once they breached the Cardinal line. For Stanford, sophomore Jeremy Kim (Hooker) and Austin Carey (Flanker) were able to cross the line for Stanford in defeat.
In both games, Stanford fielded especially young sides, with nine underclassmen starting against UC Davis and eight underclassmen starting against Sacramento State. While the 2013 season has been a tough road, Stanford showed much improvement and a young squad has potential for a promising future.
The Stanford Men will complete the season with a two-match tour to Hawaii over Spring Break.