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Dominant from Opening Draw

May 8, 2021

STANFORD, Calif. – Ali Baiocco and Katherine Gjertsen scored five goals apiece to lead No. 13 Stanford to a dominating 17-10 victory over Colorado in the Pac-12 Tournament championship, Saturday, at Stanford Stadium.

Stanford (11-0) captured its second Pac-12 Tournament title in three seasons, and its 18th conference tournament championship overall. With the win, the Cardinal secured the Pac-12's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship.

Sixth-year senior Genesis Lucero set the tone early, helping the Cardinal to a 13-2 advantage in draw controls in the first half. Lucero, who is the Stanford career leader in draw controls, broke the program's single season record on Saturday and now has 109 in 2021.

Stanford led 10-4 at halftime and outshot the Buffaloes 17-11. Sophomore goalkeeper Kara Rahaim registered a career-high 13 saves, including eight in the second half to hold off Colorado. Rahaim improved to 7-0 on the season.

Fifth-year Mikaela Watson and freshman Ailish Kelly each scored a pair of goals for Stanford, while Anna Griffith, Galen Lew and Daniella McMahon each had one.

The Cardinal shared the ball well as Kelly had four assists and Lew tallied three. Baiocco, Watson, Katy Gilbert, Jacie Lemos and Gabby Noto registered one each.

Baiocco was named the tournament's MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by Lucero, Rahaim and Watson.

Stanford's 11-0 record is its best start to a season in program history. The Cardinal is one of just three undefeated teams in the nation, joining No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Northwestern.

Stanford will make its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its ninth in the past 11 seasons. The NCAA selection show is slated for Sunday at 6 p.m. PT on ESPNU.

All-Tournament Team

Name School
Carly Adams Arizona State
Ali Baiocco (MVP) Stanford
Devon Bayer Colorado
Berkeley Bonneau Arizona State
LizaBanks Campagna California
Sadie Grozier Colorado
Julia Lisella Colorado
Genesis Lucero Stanford
Kara Rahaim Stanford
Lizzie Wagner USC
Madison Waters USC
Mikaela Watson Stanford