Monthly Archives: February 2014

Stanford Finds Form Against Spartans in Big Win

Stanford, Ca. Saturday 2.22.14


Stanford returned to Pacific Western Conference play after a tough test against Cal and proved that lessons had been learned from that loss with an impressive twelve try display in a 68-5 Victory. Stanford were rampant from the start as they turned San Jose over from the very first kick off and patiently strung together fourteen phases of play before space was created Fullback Sam Falkenhagen to round the move off on the right sideline. Falkenhagen later latched onto a kick through from Scrumhalf Alex Le Roux either side of two Austin Carey lineout drive tries as Stanford quickly built a comfortable lead. Falkenhagen had time to complete his hat-trick before half time as the away side struggled to cope with Stanford’s high tempo and physicality. Alex Barron, who had shifted from second row to back row for this game, showed his versatility with a support line to receive the offload after an Austin Carry line break. He duly cantered under the posts for the sixth try of the afternoon.

Stanford maintained their standards in the second half with another six tries. Centre Chris Sebastian opened his account for the day skipping past two defenders near the tryline after George Fullerton had provided quick ruck ball from a left side scrum and fly half Oscar Sandovel shifted the ball to Sebastian in space on the right.
Stanford continued to raise the pace of the game and LeRoux profited from his own quick tap penalty as 4 phases later the defense failed to cover the space around the ruck and he punished them with a dart for another try. The forwards then got in on the act as hooker Jeremy Kim and Austin Carey both powered over from short range. To round off a great display, LeRoux repeated his earlier trick and Chris Sebastian pounced on a loose ball as they both claimed their second tries of the half.

The JV side completed a successful day with a 34-10 victory. Tries by Oscar Sandovel, Jack Chabolla, Mitch Hokanson and Dylan Liu ensured that they stayed unbeaten this season and continued the good progress made by the Stanford squad.

A highly successful day in beautiful conditions was enjoyed by a large crowd of home support on Parents’ Weekend. The event included a barbeque and a flying visit from the Stanford band to add to the occasion. It was a great chance for Parents and Alumni to mix and enjoy the high standard of play from the home side that moved to 3-3 Overall (2-0 in the Pacific Western Conference.

Team: 1. Brown 2. Kim 3. Quigley 4. Carey 5. Barron 6. Ripert 7. Barron 8. Agness (Captain) 9. A LeRoux 10. Lexmond 11. Odek  12. Fullerton 13. Sebastian 14. Abundes 15. Falkenhagen  RESERVES: 16. Bailey 17. Omegara 18. Hokanson 19. Perkins 20. Houghton-Berry  21. Nelson 22. Greiner 23. Sandovel

Next up: Stanford look to continue their unbeaten start to conference play as they host San Francisco State this Saturday March 1st at Stanford’s Steuber Stadium at 1pm.


Cal Retains Scrum Axe

Stanford, Ca. Thursday February 13th

The 2014 traditional big game rugby match marked the 113th time that the two rivals have fought for the honor of claiming the Scrum Axe, and the Cal Varsity program was again victorious with a 61-7 victory. Even in defeat to a largely reserve strength Cal side, the young Stanford squad that featured eight starting underclassmen (four freshmen and four sophomores) will take positives from their performance. Whilst Cal dominated technical aspects of the game such as the scrum, lineout and breakdown, they were also rushed into a number of mistakes by a determined Stanford pressure game. After a smartly taken try from the Cal scrum half from a dummy thirty meters from the line, Cal powered to three lineout drive tries in the first half alone as Stanford struggled to contain the opposing forward power. The scoring in the first half was complete when Stanford were driven off their own scrum and Cal shifted the ball wide left to outflank the scrambling defense.
Despite renewed defensive efforts at the beginning of the second half, the set piece once again let Stanford down, as another turnover at the scrum allowed Cal to secure their sixth try of the night. Stanford then responded with what would be the highlight of the game for the home side. A quick tap penalty by Alejandro Sanchez and a quick transfer by George Fullerton gave Chris Sebastian the time and space to step inside the drifting Cal defense and accelerate towards the tryline. Drew Lexmond converted to bring the score to 7-40. Three further Cal tries against a tiring Stanford defense took the final score to 7-61.
Ultimately, set piece difficulties and a high penalty count cost Stanford in terms of field position and possession, allowing the powerful Cal side the platform to exploit Stanford’s inexperience. Yet there were positives to take from a game in which Stanford stood up to the challenge and they will be keen to take the same intensity into the next round of conference play against San Jose State.

1. Brown 2. Kim 3. Quigley 4. Carey 5. Barron 6. Ripert 7. Houghton-Berry 8. Agness (Captain) 9. A Sanchez 10. Lexmond 11. Odek
12. Fullerton 13. Sebastian 14. Greiner 15. Falkenhagen
16. Long 17. Hokanson 18. Herries 19. Perkins 20. McColl
21. Le Roux 22. Liljenquist

Next up – After the Chico State match was cancelled due to poor weather, Stanford return to conference play, hosting San Jose State this Saturday February 22nd at 3pm.

Stanford Splits Over Weekend – Starts Conference 1-0

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Santa Cruz, Ca. – Saturday 2.1.14

Stanford opened their Pacific Western Conference schedule with a hard fought win. Despite the early setback of a Santa Cruz try from a counter chipped ahead, Stanford showed great resilience to respond by forcing Santa Clara deep into their own territory. After scrum half Alejandro Sanchez applied kick pressure to the Santa Cruz half, Stanford earned a lineout within striking distance of the home team’s tryline. The Stanford forwards stepped up to make the most of the opportunity as Patrick Quigley powered over from short range.
Shortly after from a middle scrum, Stanford scored the try of the match. Good work by Sam Falkenhagen took the play to the right, before the ball was swept wide left with speed and accuracy to release debutant Pascal Odek at full flight. Odek skipped past two defenders and as the cover finally seemed to have stopped him, he neatly offloaded inside to the supporting George Fullerton to score his second try in two weeks. Whilst Stanford had largely blunted the majority of the Santa Cruz attacks, they would have been disappointed to concede a try directly from a midfield turnover when Jovi Ripert lost control of the ball in contact and the defense was unable to cover the breakaway run. Another Santa Cruz try would come from a breakdown in the Stanford defensive system from a scrum before the half.

Despite trailing 15-10 at half time the visitors took control of field position early in the second period. Following a testing box kick that the Santa Cruz backfield failed to collect and clear, the home side conceded a penalty. Alejandro Sanchez was quick to seize the chance to tap quickly and a pair of offloads gave Jeremy Kim the space to accelerate through three would be tacklers on his way to a well-taken try. Despite a charged down kick leading to Santa Clara’s only try of the second half, the Stanford forwards had taken control of the game and were beginning to capitalize on good field position. The result was two more tries from powerful lineout drives that earned the 32-22 victory, and a satisfying start to Stanford’s Conference campaign.

Stanford Team: 1. Bailey 2. Kim 3. Quigley 4. Carey 5. Barron 6. Ripert 7. Houghton-Berry 8. Agness (Captain) 9. A Sanchez (Le Roux) 10. Lexmond 11. Odek 12. Fullerton 13. Sebastian 14. Abundes 15. Falkenhagen

JV Match: Stanford 12 – Santa Cruz 12

Playing into a strong wind, Stanford showed great defensive determination to repel a number of Santa Cruz attacks and keep the score level at 0-0 at half time. The second half opened up more and Stanford looked like they had done enough to secure the victory with two tries, until a late reply from an intercepted pass and charged down kick led to an disappointing draw.

Stanford Team: 1 Long 2 Tobin 3 Brown 4 Perkins 5 Avery 6 Dimitrijevic 7 Halper 8 Chabolla 9 Nelson 10 Liljenquist 11 McColl 12 Sandovel 13 Greiner
14 Chen 15 Weiss

Stanford, Ca. – Sunday 2.2.14

A tough schedule meant twelve starters from Saturday returned to action 24 hours after the Santa Clara game as the Cardinal hosted Oregon State on Sunday. In wet conditions an athletic Oregon State side rushed out to a two try lead from a Stanford defensive lapse from a scrum, then an Oregon State interception from half. The Stanford forward pack responded by continuing their good work from Saturday with another try from a lineout drive. Combined with a Lexmond penalty, they had fought back to 8-12 at half time.

Stanford had begun to match the Oregon State’s physicality as they grew into the game. A second try from a lineout drive by Austin Carey gave Stanford the lead for the first time at 13-12. Their momentum was halted though, as a long distance counter attack handed Oregon State a 17-13 lead. After a missed conversion, the Oregon State kicker made amends with a short range penalty minutes later to secure a tough 20-13 hard fought win for the visitors.

Team: 1. Bailey (Perkins) 2. Kim 3. Quigley (Long) 4. Carey 5. Barron 6. Ripert 7. Houghton-Berry (Herries) 8. Agness (Captain) 9. Le Roux (Sanchez) 10. Lexmond 11. Greiner 12. Fullerton 13. Sebastian 14. Abundes (McColl) 15. Sandoval

Next up: A tough assignment as Stanford will travel next Saturday February 8th to play 2013 Pacific Western Conference Champions Chico State in Chico at 2pm. Chico State is coming off a big 39-0 win against San Jose State in their Conference opener.