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Oct. 9, 1997

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Card to Duel Wildcats in Arizona

by Darcie Bransford
Media Relations Assistant

The top and the bottom of the Pac-10 meet this weekend when Stanford travels to Tucson to face the Arizona Wildcats. Stanford enters the contest with an unblemished conference record of 2-0 while the Wildcats are winless at 0-2.

The Cardinal return to Arizona Stadium for the first time since a heartbreaking 27-24 loss on Oct. 16, 1993. The score was tied 24-24 with one minute remaining in the game. Stanford had the ball and a chance for victory after playing four rain-soaked hours. Stanford took over on its own 14-yard line with 1:04 to play. With the Cardinal facing third-and-nine deep in its own territory, Arizona defensive end Akil Jackson rammed Cardinal quarterback Steve Stenstrom as he was preparing to throw, knocking the ball loose. Wildcat safety Spencer Wray recovered the fumble at the Stanford eight yard line with 40 seconds left. Steve McLaughlin's 27-yard field goal gave the Wildcats a 27-24 decision in front of a sellout crowd.

The last time the two teams faced off was on Sept. 24, 1994 at Stanford Stadium, a day when nothing seemed to go right for Stanford. Eighth-ranked Arizona, led by its "Desert Swarm" defense, capitalized on early Cardinal turnovers to build a 24-0 lead and cruised to a 34-10 victory at Stanford Stadium.

The Cardinal returns to Tucson in hopes of breaking a string of four straight losses to the Wildcats. Stanford's last victory was a 23-10 win in 1990. This week's match-up will mark the first time Head Coach Tyrone Willingham has faced the Wildcats. Arizona Head Coach Dick Tomey enters the game 6-1 against the Cardinal.

Series Notes:

  • Arizona leads the 14-game series 9-5
  • Stanford won the first meeting between the two teams in 1978 when the Cardinal defeated the Wildcats 21-14 at Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford is 3-5 in Arizona Stadium

Game Recap:
Irish No Match for Cardinal, 33-15

by Bob Vazquez
Media Relations Director

The Big Auction

This November, the football teams from Stanford and Cal will battle for the 100th time. The night before, however, alumni and friends from both schools will get together to celebrate one of the nation's top collegiate rivalries at THE BIG AUCTION.

On Friday night, Nov. 21, the Cow Palace will be the setting for this can't-miss event, where Stanford Supporters and Bear Backers will bid against each other for a host of one-of-a-kind items. Stanford and Cal volunteers are pooling their efforts for this wonderful fundraising event, and the proceeds will be split evenly between the two schools, to be used for athletic scholarships. Tickets and underwriting opportunities are still available.

For more information, call THE BIG AUCTION office at 650-725-5645 Or visit the Big Game page.

Lunch with a Legend

Join the Cardinal Huddle!

You're invited to join the Stanford football coaching staff for lunches this fall:

Selected Fridays . . . Dallmar Court . . . Stanford University

Selected Mondays . . . Park Hyatt Hotel . . . San Francisco

See the Ticket Section for more information!

Stanford - It's only human nature to follow the flight of the ball. Once the pass is thrown for a completion or a running back completes a long run, we follow the action.

Some credit is due to the unsung heroes who initiate the play; the guys up front, the offensive line who do their jobs with very little fanfare.

Hutchinson, Bookman and Mitchell are easily noticed, but how about guys like Fairchild, Kroeker, McLaughlin, Burriss and Wilson among others who occupy the front line of the offense.

The offensive line performed like champions last week against Notre Dame. They helped two Cardinal running backs gain at least 100 yards for a third straight week. They pushed back the Irish defense, allowing Stanford runners to gain 322 yards.

Combine that with a strong defense and it added up to a 33-15 drubbing of Notre Dame.

"The offensive line did some things you don't need words to describe," said head coach Tyrone Willingham. "Three straight weeks we've had a runner go over 100 yards. That's the work of the offensive line."

This time, it was two Stanford runners who passed the century mark. Anthony Bookman rushed for 142 yards on 14 carries, while Mike Mitchell added 135 yards on 29 carries. Bookman and Mitchell have each surpassed 100+ yards for three consecutive games. Bookman gave the O-line credit.

"The offensive line did a great job," said the senior who has rushed for 2,203 career yards, fourth-best at Stanford. "You could see it in the second half."

Mitchell's rushing totals against Notre Dame zoomed his career mark to 2,247 yards to move into third place. Mitchell and Bookman each passed Glyn Milburn, who gained 2,203 yards in three seasons (1990-93).

Mitchell scored two touchdowns - a 15-yarder with four seconds left in the first quarter (Stanford's first TD of the day to give the team a 7-3 lead), and a three-yard run with 1:23 left in the third quarter to give Stanford a 17-9 lead.

Bookman chalked up scores on runs of 58 yards (13:42 left in the game to give Stanford a 24-9 advantage), and a four-yard rush with 3:15 left in the game to give the Cardinal a 31-15 lead.

Stanford's offensive total reached 514 yards, 322 yards on the ground and 192 through the air. Chad Hutchinson enjoyed a productive day, completing 26 passes in 38 attempts for 192 yards.

"We were able to do so many things on offense and it makes it hard on the defense to cover all those things," said Hutchinson.

First year Notre Dame coach Bob Davie knew Stanford would be tough: "Stanford got stronger as the game went along and we wore down as the game went along and eventually caved in."

Stanford's defense also snuffed out any sort of Notre Dame offense. The Irish struggled to gain 298 yards in total offense. Kailee Wong again showed the strength of Stanford's defense, providing great leadership in addition to recording a safety for a second straight game.

"Kailee has great leadership abilities," said Willingham. "His play is fantastic. His presence makes a difference."

Stanford is 4-1 while the Fighting Irish fell to 1-4.

Stanford 33, Notre Dame 15
Notre Dame  3   6   0    6  -   15
Stanford    7   3   7   16  -   33

Scoring Summary
ND - FG Sanson 45
Stan - Mitchell 15 run (Miller kick)
ND - Holloway 11 pass from Powlus (kick failed)
Stan - FG Miller 37
Stan - Mitchell 3 run (Miller kick)
Stan - Bookman 58 run (Miller kick)
ND - Brown 27 pass from Powlus (two-pt conversion. failed)
Stan - Bookman 4 run (Miller kick)
Stan - Safety (Wong tackled Pawlus in end zone)

Game Statistics     ND       SU
First downs         18       34
Rushed-yards        35-121   53-322
Passing yards       177      192
Sacked-yards lost   3-24     1-8
Return yards        0        7
Passes              13-21-0  26-38-0
Punts               4-40.8   3-33.7
Fumbles-lost        1-1      1-0
Penalties-yards     6-64     6-64
Time of possession  23:28    36:32

Individual Statistics

ND - Denson 21-116, Driver 5-19, Spencer 2-12, Barry 2-(-1), Powlus 5-(-25)
Stan - Bookman 14-142, Mitchell 29-135, Ritchie 5-31, Lacey 3-20, Comella 1-2, Hutchinson 1-(- 8)

ND - Powlus 13-21-0-177
Stan - Hutchinson 26-38-0-192

ND - Brown 5-88, M Johnson 4-58, Denson 2-15, Holloway 1-11, Nelson 1-5
Stan - Walters 7-66, Dunn 5-41, Mitchell 5-37, Bookman 4-11, Comella 2-11, Pitts 1-15, Ritchie 1-6, T Hanson 1-5

Attendance: 75,651

Field Hockey Off to a Good Start

Justina Williams Junior Captain
Justina Williams

by Beth Goode
Assistant Media Relations Director

The 1997 Stanford field hockey team is in the middle a very exciting season. With three players selected to the Junior World Cup Team and a balance of depth and skill, Stanford is looking for a return to the NCAA Tournament.

Offensively, Monique Leroux, Carey Cloyd, Sarah Medeiros and Mallory Chambers combine international experience, speed and finesse to be a constant scoring threat. At midfield, captains Justina Williams and Paige Mader, along with Jordyn Kramer are key to the transition game for Stanford. Defensively, Lissy Goralnik is a leader from her sweeper position, while Stephanie Finkelstein, Carol Yoon, Julie Gwozdz and Ashley Rich are responsible for shutting down the opponent's attack.

To the already talented and deep squad, the Cardinal adds eight freshmen. Nationally recruited goalkeeper Meg Crowley and forward Michelle Scott headline the newcomers. Both had outstanding years, culminating at the National Futures Tournament in Maryland. Other new faces adding experience and depth are Staci Fujii, Sarah Hemmer, Grace Rauh, Emily Lash, Melita Sawyer and Nikki Waskovich.

Ten games into the season, the Cardinal is 6-4. Stanford played its first four games without Cloyd, Medeiros and Williams and went 1-3. Since those three returned from the Junior World Cup, the Cardinal has won five out of six games, including four in a row.

Leroux, a junior this season, has taken on a lot of team leadership, scoring six goals and recording two assists to lead the team in points. Lindsey Dunagan, a sophomore, has come on recently, posting three goals in Stanford's 6-0 victory over Pacific to bring her to season total to five.

The Cardinal is home on October 11 in a NorPac matchup with Pacific at 1:00 pm. Stanford is next home against Cal on November 1.

Mid-Season Review
Volleyball's Fab-Five Seniors

by Scott Leykam
Assistant Media Relations Director

The dream of every collegiate athlete is to win a national title. For five Stanford women's volleyball players - Kristin Folkl, Barbara Ifejika, Debbie Lambert, Paula McNamee and Lisa Sharpley - that dream and much more have already been realized.

The list of what these seniors have accomplished in three seasons seems never ending:

  • Two national titles (1994 and 1996) and three Final Four appearances (1994, 1995 and 1996).
  • An amazing 106-8 overall record (.930 winning percentage) including a 57-2 (.966) mark in the Pac-10.
  • 14-1 (.933) postseason record.
  • 53-1 record (.981) at Maples Pavilion, including the fourth longest home winning streak in Division I history (50 matches; 11/19/93-8/23/97).
  • 65-7 (.903) mark against ranked opposition.

But most impressively, the class of 1998 is not done yet.

This season, Stanford has jumped out to a 14-2 start and a 5-0 record in the Pac-10. The Cardinal is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation by Volleyball Magazine and No. 4 by the USA Today/AVCA poll.

"We were getting beat in a Pac-10 match in 1993, and I said to the person next to me: 'They better get us now, because we'll be hard to beat for four years'." Stanford head coach Don Shaw said. "We all had a pretty good feeling about this group coming in."

Folkl and Sharpley came to The Farm as two of the top prep players in the nation, living up to the billing immediately. Folkl was National Freshman of the Year and a First Team All-American in 1994, and has earned Second Team All-American honors the past two seasons. She currently ranks fourth in Stanford history and 21st in Pac-10 history with over 1,450 career kills.

Sharpley, who along with Folkl is a top candidate for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, is one of just three players in Stanford history with over 3,000 career assists. The two-time All-American has helped the Cardinal be among the national leaders in hitting percentage in each of her four seasons.

Cardinal Sport Shorts

The #11-ranked men's soccer team ran its record to 9-0-1 and captured its third tournament of the year, beating Harvard and tying Dartmouth to win the Stanford-Nike Invitational over the weekend. Stanford beat Harvard, last year's Ivy League champs, 3-0 behind first-half goals from Erik Morrison, A.J. Sauer and Corey Woolfolk. On Sunday, Stanford and #22 Dartmouth played 120 minutes of scoreless soccer in the championship match. Both teams finished 1-0-1 in the tournament, but Stanford's goal differential for the entire tournament was better (plus-3 to plus-1). It was the Cardinal's eighth shutout in 10 games and the tie ran Stanford's national-best undefeated streak to 15 games ...

The women's soccer team snapped its scoring drought, and a four-game losing streak, with a 6-0 thrashing of Colorado College Sunday. Stanford improves to 4-5 ...

The women's volleyball team remained perfect in Pac-10 play. Stanford traveled to Los Angeles, handing #7 USC its second loss of the year 15-13, 15-0, 15-13 and beating #21 UCLA 15-10, 15-6, 15-10. Kristin Folkl had 14 kills and Barbara Ifejika had 11 Friday night as the #4 Cardinal held the potent Trojan offense to a .071 hitting percentage. On Sunday Kerri Walsh had 10 kills to lead the Cardinal (14-2, 5-0) past UCLA for the team's ninth consecutive three-game sweep. Stanford's block and defense held UCLA to a season-low team hitting percentage of .010 ...

The Cardinal field hockey squad moved to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the NorPac with a 2-0 win over arch-rival California in Berkeley Saturday. Stanford dominated the game, outshooting the Golden Bears 18-4. Goalie Kelly Naylor came up with four saves to keep the home team off the board and while Mallory Chambers and Michelle Scott tallied goals to lead Stanford to its fifth win in six games ...

The #4-ranked men's water polo team fell to #2 Cal Friday night in Berkeley, 7-4. The Cardinal, which got goals from four different players, tied the game late in the third quarter, but gave up three goals in the fourth. Stanford bounced back against Pacific on Sunday to improve to 6-3 on the year. The Tigers took an early 3-2 lead, but Stanford scored the last six goals of the game to post an 8-3 victory in Stockton ...

The #3 women's golf team will host its first home event of the season Oct. 24-26 at the Stanford Golf Course. The tournament will feature preseason No. 1 Arizona State and preseason No. 2 Arizona, in addition to the Cardinal and several other very strong teams.

"Lisa, Kristin and Kerri (Walsh) are three of the best players in the nation," Shaw said. "They possess not only physical ability, but allow us to do things tactically both offensively and defensively that other teams aren't able to do."

Ifejika has not earned the same accolades as Sharpley and Folkl, but has established herself as one of the most consistent middle blockers in the nation. The Canada native entered the season with over 300 career blocks, and is on pace to break into the top four in school history.

"Barbara has put together some great numbers for us. She may not show up in all the record books, but she is one of the most solid players we've had."

Lambert and McNamee have also played an integral role in the Cardinal's success. Lambert suffered a torn ACL prior to the 1995 national semifinal match against Texas, but the Kaneohe, Hawaii native came full circle a year later with 10 kills against Hawaii in the 1996 national championship match.

McNamee, a fifth-year senior who redshirted in 1993, is playing a key role in the Cardinal's early success this season. She has played in every game for the Cardinal thus far, and is first on the team in blocks and third in kills.

"Paula and Debbie may not be four-year starters, but they've contributed in every way possible. They have both given a lot to this program."

But with all these accomplishments, one more still looms large for the class of '98. The chance to become the first class in Division I volleyball history to capture three national titles.

"The success this group has had is tough to beat. If we could win it all again this season it would be a nice finish to an unbelievable four years."

Stanford Honors All-Time Greats
Hall of Fame Induction

Last Friday night Stanford honored its tradition of excellence in athletics by inducting six new members into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction dinner, held in Burnham Pavilion, honored former Stanford greats George Buehler, Jody Campbell, Otis Chandler, Sharon Stouder Clark, John McEnroe and Bill Walsh. The ceremony included speeches from the six inductees and video highlights of their Stanford careers.

In addition, 10 other Stanford legends were inducted to the Hall of Fame for their accomplishments in an earlier era of Stanford athletics. The inductees in this group are: Ken Davidson '41 (basketball), Dudley DeGroot '31 (football, rugby), Hugo "Swede" Leistner '25 (track & field), Al Masters '24 (athletic director), Ted Miller '26 (track & field), Bryan "Dinty" Moore '37 (basketball), Harlow Rothert '31 (basketball, football, track & field), William Seward '36 (tennis), James Wade '40 (tennis) and Don Williams '41 (basketball).

Buehler was a three-year starter on the football team, playing offensive and defensive line. After graduation he was a second-round pick in the 1969 NFL draft and played 11 seasons professionally, including nine with the Oakland Raiders. He is a member of Stanford's All-Century Team as an offensive guard.

Hall of Fame photo

Campbell was a first-team All-American in each of his four years (1978-81) on the Stanford water polo team. He led Stanford to three NCAA titles and a 108-8-3 record while on the Farm. Campbell was a star on three U.S. Olympic teams (1980, 1984, 1988) and earned a silver medal at the Los Angeles Games.

Chandler was the world's second-ranked shot putter in 1950. Before he graduated that year, Chandler set the Stanford school record and established meet records at many collegiate events, including the Pacific Coast Conference and National Collegiate Championships.

Clark swam her way to three gold medals and a silver at the 1964 Olympics. She set a world record in the 100-meter butterfly and also won titles in the 400-meter freestyle relay and the 400-meter medley relay, and was named the World Swimmer of the Year. She is in the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

McEnroe won the 1978 NCAA singles championship and led the team to a 24-0 record and the NCAA team title before he turned pro following his freshman year. He won four U.S. Opens and three Wimbledons and is considered one of the all-time greats in tennis. He was ranked No. 1 in the world from 1980 to 1984.

Walsh led the Cardinal football team to wins in three different bowl games in his first three seasons on the Farm. Considered the architect of the "West Coast Offense," he is one of only 14 coaches in the NFL Hall of Fame. He was a Stanford assistant in the '60s, a head coach in the '70s and returned for three more years in the '90s after winning three Super Bowls with the 49ers.

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