Hallock leads men’s water polo to weekend sweep

Oct. 24, 2017, 1:12 a.m.

No. 4 Stanford (13-3) went 4-0 at home this weekend as it hosted No. 16 Bucknell (12-9), Wagner, No. 7 Pepperdine and No. 12 St. Francis Brooklyn. During those four games, the Cardinal outscored their opponents 60-15  (11-3, 20-5, 9-3, 20-4, respectively) to stay perfect at home.

After this weekend’s wins, Stanford increased its winning streak to seven and has not lost since Sept. 24. Ben Hallock also extended his scoring streak, and he has now scored in every game this season. The sophomore also has nine hat tricks in 16 games so far.

Against Bucknell on Friday, Stanford took an early commanding 5-0 lead that it never relinquished. Hallock got the Cardinal started as he scored three goals during the Cardinal’s run. Hallock would finish the game with four scores.

However, freshmen pair Sawyer Rhodes and Dylan Woodhead were involved in the Cardinal’s first goal of the game, with the score and the assist, respectively. Rhodes sandwiched Hallock’s first goal of the game as he put another one in off a pass from Cody Smith.

At halftime, the Cardinal were in front by four goals, boasting a 6-2 lead. Less than a minute in the second half, Hallock scored his fourth and final score of the night on a penalty. Sophomore Benett Williams added a pair of goals before the end of the game en-route to the 11-3 victory.

Stanford’s scoring spree continued later that day as the Cardinal got an easy 20-5 victory against Wagner.

This time, senior Reid Chase and Williams were the leading scorers for the Cardinal, scoring four times apiece, while senior Jackson Kimbell added three goals of his own.

During the game, Stanford went on a 15-0 run, holding Wagner scoreless for over 21 minutes of play, which allowed the Cardinal to reach the 20-goal mark for the fifth time this season.

Despite a strong defensive performance by Pepperdine who held Stanford under 10 goals on Saturday, Hallock and Sawyer both found the back of the net three times.

Hallock, mirroring his performance against Bucknell from the previous day, scored twice early in the contest, putting the Cardinal up 2-1. Rhodes and Kimbell then added a pair of goals to extend the lead to 5-1.

After low scoring second and third quarters, the Cardinal earned four goals in the final period to secure the win.

For their final game of the weekend, the Cardinal rolled past St. Francis Brooklyn 20-4 thanks to goals from eleven different players.

Four Cardinal men, Smith, Kimbell, junior Mitchell Mendoza and Hallock, recorded a hat trick in the win. Stanford jumped to an early 5-1 lead after the first quarter, and stretched its lead to 8-2 at halftime, before scoring seven and five goals in the final two periods, respectively.

Stanford next hits the road to play No. 8 Long Beach State and No. 6 UC Irvine next weekend.


Contact Alexandre Bucquet at bucqueta ‘at’ stanford.edu.

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