Monthly Archives: March 2014

Stanford Women Remain Undefeated in Conference

Steuber Rugby Stadium – Saturday March 8, 2014

After a close game with Davis the last time they faced, the Cardinal women put on a strong performance to beat UC Davis 53 – 31

Early in the game, Davis came out strong, scoring within the first 5 minutes after Stanford dropped the first kick off and kicked back to Davis. Stanford answered in kind with a try of their own (Herbst de Cortina)  5 minutes later. Through the middle of the half, both teams fought hard for possession, but it was Stanford that was able to put up points. Stanford picked up steam, putting up 5 unanswered tries and one conversion to end the half in the lead, 25-7.

Davis came into the second half re-energized, dominating early possession, but getting shut down by Stanford’s defense just short of a try. Stanford’s defense could not hold forever, and as the half wore on, Davis began to put up points. Stanford continued to play hard and score tries in return, never losing their lead to Davis. Penalties late in the game led Davis to score a try on the last play of the game, leaving the final score 53-31, Stanford.

Stanford played a tougher game against Davis this time around, producing fewer turnovers and scoring more points. The first half of the game saw a very strong Stanford defense, who after starting off shaky and giving up a try, shut Davis out for the rest of the half. After 60 minutes of hard play and no substitutions, Stanford’s defense wore out, leading to Davis’ tries late in the game.  Sophomore Sara Maurer, who managed a hat trick during the game said “It was a really great game. We’ve improved a lot since we last played Davis, but we still have a lot to work on if we want to be National Championship contenders.”

In the second side game, the Stanford women came away with the win, 56-7. The Cardinal women shut Davis out until well into the second half, when they gave up Davis’ only try of the game. Strong performances were had by rookies Sarah Houamed (hat trick), Esther Melton (2 tries), and Madda Wilson (2 tries).

Next Up: Stanford takes on local Women’s Club team the Berkeley All-Blues Sunday March 9th, 12pm at Steuber Stadium.

Team List: 1. Jemima Oso 2. Fiona Meyer-Teruel 3. Chelsey Sveinsson 4. Jessica Smith 5. Allie Ballesteros 6. Lai Turn 7. Kaelyn Varner 8. Aly Gleason 9. Tia Watkins 10. Nikki Richardson 11. Sara Maurer 12. Michelle Teo 13. Dani McDonald 14. Sasha Herbst de Cortina 15. Chelsea Harris

Scoring Summary:

4: Davis Try and Conversion 7-0 Davis
10: Stanford Try (Herbst de Cortina) and Conversion (Gleason) 7-7
19: Stanford Try (Teo) 12-7 Stanford
28: Stanford Try (McDonald) 17-7 Stanford
31: Stanford Try (Herbst de Cortina) 22-7 Stanford
36: Stanford Try (Maurer) 27-7 Stanford

49: Stanford Try (Maurer) and Conversion (Gleason) 34-7 Stanford
51: Stanford Try (Maurer) 35-7 Stanford
58: Davis Try 35-12 Stanford
65: Davis Try and Conversion 39-19 Stanford
70: Stanford Try (McDonald) and Conversion (Gleason) 46-19 Stanford
75: Davis Try 46-24 Stanford
78: Stanford Try (Gleason) and Conversion (Gleason) 53-24 Stanford
80: Davis Try and Conversion 53-31 Stanford

Stanford Wins Big Game

Steuber Stadium, Saturday February 22nd 2014

Sarah H

In the bright Palo Alto sun, with the Leland Stanford University Junior Marching Band in attendance, Stanford women won their Big Game against the Cal women 69-17.


Early in the game, Stanford and Cal swapped possession several times, until Freshman Dani McDonald scored the first try of the game 6 minutes in. The rest of half continued in a similar fashion, with most of Cal’s meters gained through handling errors and penalties, and Stanford playing strong defense, turning over the ball to gain territory and play into Cal’s half. Stanford put up 40 unanswered points to finish the half 40 – 0.


At the start of the second half, the Cardinal women came back into the game hungry to score. Handling errors and penalties again forced turnovers, but play was maintained in Cal’s half until a try by Junior Allie Ballesteros. Cal fired back with a try of their own from a returned kick. Stanford continued to play a strong game, but handling errors still plagued them, leading the Cardinal women to give up possession, and two more Californa tries. Stanford ended the game at 69-0


Through the game, Stanford’s handling errors and penalties cost them possession, which led to lost possession and tries by Cal. Defensively, Stanford played a strong game, recovering from nearly all of their handling errors and lost possessions by putting Cal under pressure in order to gain meters, and reclaim the ball. Junior Lai Turn was excited about the game overall, saying, “I’m happy that so many different players scored tries, because it shows that we really are a team sport and every one puts in hard work to create opportunities for others. Our goal this week was to improve our leg drive: in tackles, rucks, and with the ball. Our team took that to heart. I’m excited to see us continue to implement what we learn from practice into games!”


In the second side game, Stanford shut out the Cal bears 51-0, with a very strong performance from Senior Michelle Teo, fresh on the field from a healed knee injury. All of the players showed a significant improvement since the last Cal matchup.


Stanford Team vs. Cal: 1: Jemima Oso (Darcey Pancoast) 2: Zineb Oulmakki (Fiona Meyer-Teruel) 3: Maxine Fonua (Chelsey Sveinsson) 4: Jessica Smith (Daly Montgomery) 5: Allie Ballesteros 6: Lai Turn 7: Kaelyn Varner 8: Aly Gleason * Captain (Mia Hutchinson) 9: Esther Melton (Tia Watkins) 10: Nikki Richardson (Valerie Chen) 11: Madda Wilson 12: Catheryn Von 13: Dani McDonald 14: Sasha Herbst de Cortina 15: Chelsea Harris (Sara Houdamed)

Scoring Summary:

6: Stanford Try (McDonald) and Conversion (Gleason) 7-0 Stanford
9: Stanford Try (Wilson) and Conversion (Gleason) 14-0 Stanford
15: Stanford Try (Harris) and Conversion (Gleason) 21-0 Stanford
19: Stanford Try (Harris) 26-0 Stanford 26-0 Stanford
22: Stanford Try (Turn), Conversion (Gleason) 33-0 Stanford
35: Stanford Try (Herbst de Cortina), Conversion (Gleason) 40-0 Stanford

46: Stanford Try (Ballesteros), Conversion (Gleason) 47-0 Stanford
50: Cal Try and Conversion 47-7 Stanford
57: Stanford Try (Fonua) and Conversion (Gleason) 54-7 Stanford
64: Cal Try 54-12 Stanford
66: Stanford Try (Vonn) 59-12 Stanford
69: Stanford Try (Wilson) 64-12 Stanford
76: Cal Try 64-17 Stanford
80: Stanford Try (Houdamed) 69-0 Stanford