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BERKELEY, Calif. – Ten different players scored and No. 2 Stanford kicked off its MPSF Tournament with a 16-4 victory over No. 20 San Jose State on Friday afternoon.
The Cardinal advances to face No. 3 Cal in the semifinals tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. A live stream will be available via MPSF College Sports Live and in-game updates can be found on the team's Twitter account @Stanfordh2opolo.
Stanford was in an early 2-0 hole after Guara Garcia Delgado put in a pair for the Spartans, one on San Jose State's first possession at 7:01 and the next on her team's first power play opportunity at 3:28.
The Cardinal responded with an 11-goal run and held the Spartans without a score for more than 16 minutes until Natalie Hosmer converted a five-meter penalty late in the third quarter.
Stanford closed the first with three goals in the final 125 seconds of the period. It got its first from Shannon Cleary in the 6-on-5 (2:05) and its second on a skip shot to the near post from Makenzie Fischer (0:45). With 20 seconds left SJSU goalkeeper Katelynn Thompson came out of the cage to challenge Kat Klass and Klass lobbed it up and over to give Stanford its first lead.
It was more of the same in the second quarter. Klass started things off with her second (7:16) before Aria Fischer drew a penalty inside that sister Makenzie converted from five meters (6:42). Cleary netted her second (5:54) and then it was Aria Fischer intercepting a San Jose State pass and taking it herself at the midway point (4:12).
With under two minutes until halftime, Stanford's 5-on-6 defense came up big and forced the stop. At the offensive end Katie Dudley fed Makenzie Fischer for her third to push the Cardinal advantage to 8-2 at the break.
Makenzie Fischer started the second half with a skip from distance at 6:37 to conclude her four-goal day. A minute later Madison Berggren found herself all alone in front of goal and used the lob to tally her first. She added another on the power play at the 3:27 mark of the third period.
Stanford was up 11-3 after three following Hosmer's penalty and dominated the fourth, adding five more before a late SJSU score with four seconds remaining.
Cassidy Wiley used a skip to score in the 6-on-5 (7:09) and then fed her sister Mackenzie inside the next time down (6:15) to make it 13-3.  
Lauren Bywater scored her second career goal with a quick shot after a San Jose State exclusion at 1:43. Following a Spartan turnover, Emalia Eichelberger ignited the counter with a pass down the right side to Bella Baldridge. Baldridge took a few strokes and then beat Thompson 1v1 for her fourth of the season.
Katie Dudley drew an exclusion with 15 seconds to go and Baldridge fed Hannah Shabb for Stanford's 16th and final goal.
Julia Hermann played the first half in the cage and Eichelberger the second for the Cardinal. Stanford was 5-for-9 on the power play and San Jose State 2-for-4.
No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 20 San Jose State
April 27, 2018 • Berkeley, Calif.
SJSU 2 – 0 – 1 – 1 = 4
STAN 3 – 5 – 3 – 5 = 16
San Jose State Goals: Guara Garcia Delgado 2, Natalie Hosmer, Jennifer Liu
San Jose State Saves: Katelynn Thompson 9
Stanford Goals: Makenzie Fischer 4, Madison Berggren 2, Shannon Cleary 2, Kat Klass 2, Bella Baldridge, Lauren Bywater, Aria Fischer, Hannah Shabb, Cassidy Wiley, Mackenzie Wiley
Stanford Saves: Julia Hermann 2, Emalia Eichelberger 3