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Julia Hermann. Photo by Bill Dally/StanfordPhoto.com.
Strong Finishes
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/06/2016

STANFORD, Calif. – Julia Hermann made 28 saves, Kat Klass had hat tricks in both games and No. 1 Stanford used some suffocating fourth-quarter defense to seal a pair of wins on the first day of the Stanford Invitational on Saturday. Playing in its home pool for the first time this season, the Cardinal beat No. 7 Michigan in the morning, 12-7, and coasted past No. 8 San Jose State in the afternoon, 17-8.

Stanford was up two through three quarters against Michigan before outscoring the Wolverines 3-0 in the fourth. Against San Jose State, the Cardinal was up four after 24 minutes and won going away after pouring in five in the final frame without surrendering a score.

The Cardinal also took advantage of its 6-on-5 chances, converting on 12-of-17 such situations on Saturday.

The Cardinal will be back in action tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. against No. 15 Loyola Marymount. Stanford has already locked up Bracket ‘A’ with Saturday’s victories and will play in the Stanford Invite title match tomorrow afternoon at 2:45 p.m.

No. 1 Stanford 12 – No. 7 Michigan 7

Leading 9-7 heading into the final quarter, Stanford put Michigan away with a 3-0 fourth quarter. Kat Klass fired home her third of the morning in a 6-on-5 situation with 6:37 left after the ball cycled around through Jamie Neushul and Jordan Raney. Sophia Monaghan converted another power play opportunity for Stanford with 5:09 to go and Dani Jackovich closed it out with an even-strength score with 4:16 on the clock.

Stanford scored on six of its eight 6-on-5 opportunities against the Wolverines.

Tied 2-2 midway through the first quarter, Stanford reeled off five straight goals to take a 7-2 lead. Katie Dudley started it off with another exclusion goal at 1:36 in the first. Lauren Norheim closed out the period when her lob off a feed from Natalie Chun found its way past Julia Campbell with five ticks left.

Stanford’s first three goals of the second quarter, which capped the 5-0 spurt, were all set up by Rachel Johnson. The senior found Jordan Raney in a 6-on-5 at 7:00 and hit Jamie Neushul right in front of the cage on the break at 6:23. Johnson hit Raney again at 5:42 to end the run.

Raney carried the Cardinal in the second, scoring three of Stanford’s five goals to notch her second career hat trick. Up 9-4 at the half, Stanford was held scoreless in the third and Michigan inched to within 9-7 thanks to tallies from Kelly Martin, Danielle Johnson and Ali Thomason.

After averaging 5.0 saves in three games at the season-opening LouStrong Memorial, Julia Hermann started her Stanford Invitational with her first career double-digit save performance, racking up 11 stops against Michigan.

No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 7 Michigan
Feb. 6, 2016 • Stanford, Calif.
MICH 2 – 2 – 3 – 0 = 7
STAN 4 – 5 – 0 – 3 = 12

Michigan Goals: Danielle Johnson 2, Ali Thomason 2, Caroline Anderson, Kim Johnson, Kelly Martin
Michigan Saves: Julia Campbell 2, Emily Browning
 
Stanford Goals: Kat Klass 3, Jordan Raney 3, Katie Dudley, Dani Jackovich, Sophia Monaghan, Jamie Neushul, Lauren Norheim, Anna Yelizarova
Stanford Saves: Julia Hermann 11

No. 1 Stanford 17 – No. 8 San Jose State 8

Stanford received hat tricks from Shannon Cleary, Kat Klass, Jamie Neuhsul and Anna Yelizarova to beat San Jose State in the nightcap. The Cardinal led 11-4 at halftime and just 12-8 after three quarters, but shut out its opponent down the stretch yet again, this time by a 5-0 clip in the final eight minutes.

Kat Klass secured her fourth hat trick in the season’s first six games when she caught and shot all in one motion at the far post off a feed from Gurpreet Sohi (6:10). Jamie Neushul scored in a 6-on-5 at 5:54 before Shannon Cleary rattled the cage with back-to-back goals at 3:24 and 2:28. Lauren Norheim closed out the fourth-quarter run with a score at 1:33.

As it did against Michigan, Stanford took advantage of its power play opportunities against the Spartans. The Cardinal was successful on six of its nine 6-on-5 situations against SJSU.

San Jose State peppered Julia Hermann with 32 shots and Stanford’s redshirt sophomore goalkeeper was able to make a career-high 17 saves.

The Cardinal raced out to a 3-0 lead and forced an early San Jose State timeout. Anna Yelizarova was left along mid-tank and buried her first of three in the match at 6:23. On the power play at 5:52 Gurpreet Sohi passed up top to Jordan Raney who dropped it off to Jamie Neushul for the first of her three. A minute later, Stanford converted in the exact same situation, except this time it was Raney who passed up top to Neushul who laid it off for Kat Klass.

San Jose State scored to make it 3-1 before the Cardinal reeled off three more. Jamie Neushul nabbed a steal and pushed it ahead to Shannon Cleary for a goal at 3:49. While looking to the center of the pool, Yelizarova fired one past Alicia Magliocco at 1:37 and at 1:09 Sophia Monaghan scored off a cross-pool pass from Sohi.

Stanford scored seven times in the first and four in the second, but was held to just one goal while surrendering four in the third. This season, the Cardinal has outscored its opponents 19-5 in fourth quarters.

No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 8 San Jose State
Feb. 6, 2016 • Stanford, Calif.
SJSU 2 – 2 – 4 – 0 = 8
STAN 7 – 4 – 1 – 5 = 17

San Jose State Goals: Carla Toha Vilanova 3, Rae Lekness 2, McKenna Yates 2, Donia Momen
San Jose State Saves: Tayler Peters 3, Alicia Magliocco
 
Stanford Goals: Shannon Cleary 3, Kat Klass 3, Jamie Neushul 3, Anna Yelizarova 3, Dani Jackovich, Sophia Monaghan, Lauren Norheim, Jordan Raney, Gurpreet Sohi
Stanford Saves: Julia Hermann 17
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