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Stanford returns victorious from Hawai’i Tour


Stanford pictured with the La’ie Lions after the match.

Starting wing, Sasha Herbst de Cortina had a phenomenal game against La’ie, turning over several balls by driving the opposition out of bounds.

“We were all a little intimidated before the start of this game because we anticipated a really physical match, but our team was able to succeed by playing our game and using the techniques we’ve been refining all season to overcome their physicality. For example, my tackling was much more successful when I worked to get their players out of bounds instead of taking them head on.” – Herbst de Cortina.


SWR takes the field, tunneled by the Men’s team, prior to the final match of tour.

Starting flanker, Lai Turn ’15 gave the following reflection on the game.

“The Raiders were very big, aggressive, and physical. I don’t think we were expecting how much the game would quickly escalate. The game definitely tested our fitness and and picked out our strengths and weaknesses. It was fun playing on a beautiful island in front of Diamond Head, but I knew we all really needed to focus because it was the last game before playoffs. It was tough, and it took us a little while to realize we had to step it up and take our play 10 notches higher. I think we need to focus on what our coach always tells us “don’t feel it out, just accelerate through it.” They played hard, but we had to play harder. They threw out stiff arms; we had to tackle lower. Returning players helped lead the new ones, and subs made an amazing impact when they came into the game. Fewer knock-ons and using our speed played a great role in the game! When we moved the ball fast and anticipated upcoming plays, we really excelled, and we did it as a team. Our team came together when we communicated more and played our best, because we knew we could. I’m excited because we all worked hard during tour and will be continuing to do so in the next couple weeks. GO SWR!” – Turn.


After the match, the women’s team was given leis from the Kalihi Raiders. Players of the match were wing Sara Maurer ’16, who scored three of Stanford’s six tries and made a try-stopping tackle, and Allie Ballesteros ’15, who made several line breaks and quickly recovering from dangerously high tackles.

Coming up, Stanford takes on New Mexico in the National Playoff Round of 16′s at Steuber Field. Kickoff is at 2pm on Saturday, April 13. The winner of that game will continue to the Elite 8 round and play the winner of the Texas A&M/Cal game at 3pm on Sunday, April 14. The undefeated team will continue on to Final Four.

Stanford vs. La’ie Lions
Final Score: 35 – 10 (win)
Tries scored by:
-Shola Oyedele ’13 (2)
-Maxine Fonua ’14
-Sara Maurer ’16 (2)
-Sasha Herbst de Cortina
-Carly Leininger ’15

Stanford vs. Kalihi Raiders
Final Score: 40 – 15 (win)
Tries scored by:
-Sara Maurer (3)
-Maxine Fonua
-Sasha Herbst de Cortina
-Jamie Lawrence ’13
Conversions made by:
-Jamie Lawrence (6)