Stanford, Calif.----- San Jose State's offense was stymied by three Stanford goalkeepers and the Cardinal had four players score three time each as #1-ranked Cardinal defeated #7-ranked San Jose State, 17-5, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) match.
The Spartans (20-11, 2-5 MPSF) concluded the regular season in sixth-place in the MPSF while Stanford (23-0, 7-0 MPSF) finished as the conference champion with its second win of the season over San Jose State and undefeated in 2011.
"Hat's off to them. They (Stanford) played really well," said San Jose State coach Lou Tully.
"They've got some really great players. If we let the ball get into 'set' and we're not there to help and it's 1-on-1 down there, we're not going to win that one. We know that. That was part of the problem," Tully said about the team's defense. "They are a lot stronger at 'set' than the other top teams are. And, they can shoot from the outside as well. You just can't collapse on those guys and give them free reign out there."
Kimber Methvin led the Spartans in scoring with two fourth-quarter tallies. Ally Waasted, Dani Curran and Adriana Vogt each scored a goal for San Jose State.
The Spartans had their chances to keep up with Stanford offensively, but hit the post or the top of the cage with several shots. Three Cardinal goalkeepers also combined for 13 saves.
"I think we were shooting a little fast. We probably should have slowed it down, had more patience on offense, worked the 'set' a little more instead of settling for outside shots."
Melissa Seidemann, Annika Dries, Kim Krueger and Cassie Churnside each scored three times for Stanford.
Goalkeeper Meagan Minson made seven saves for San Jose State in the 3.5 quarters in which she played. Lauren Lewis was not credited with a save in the final four minutes of the match.
"As far as I'm concerned, the big thing is next week. We have our conference tournament coming up. We want to be ready and play really well that first game against Hawaii," Tully concluded.
San Jose State is the host of the 2011 MPSF Tournament beginning Friday, April 29, at 10:00 a.m. There are four matches each day. The championship round is Sunday, May 1.
The Spartans' first MPSF Tournament game is April 29, 11:30 a.m. against Hawaii.
Ticket information is available at www.sjsuspartans.com.
#7-San Jose State (20-11, 2-5 MPSF) 1-1-1-2=5
#1-Stanford (23-0, 7-0 MPSF) 4-3-6-4=17
San Jose State - Kimber Methvin, 2; Ally Waasted, Dani Curran, Adriana Vogt, 1, each.
Stanford - Annika Dries, Melissa Seidemann, Kim Krueger, Cassie Churnside, 3, each; Pallavi Menon, 2; Victoria Kennedy, Monica Coughlan, Amber Oland, 1, each.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson, 7; Lauren Lewis, 0.
Stanford - Kate Baldoni, 6; Amber Oland, 4; Kim Hall, 3.