Feb. 19, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - The No. 14 ranked Stanford University women's lacrosse team edged rival Cal, 9-6 at Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Cardinal improve to 3-0 on the season, while Cal falls to 0-1 on the year.
Stanford got on the board first when Cahill found sophomore attacker Sarah Bach for a quick strike in the second minute of the game. After a goal by the Bears tied the score at 1-1, the Cardinal defense clamped down on the Cal offense, allowing just one more score in the first half. While the defense was shutting down the Bears' offense, the Cardinal offense provided Stanford with some breathing room, scoring six times before the break.
Cahill and Burker found the back of the net twice in the first half, while Hills and Bach each tallied one goal.
The Bears came out aggressive in the second half, netting two scores to pull Cal within two scores at 6-4. Hills scored an unassisted goal in the 11th minute of the second half to give Stanford a 7-4 advantage. Cahill's third goal of the game, nearly five minutes later upped the Cardinal's lead to 8-4.
Cal responded with a quick strike by Schuyler Sokolow to bring the score to 8-5 in favor of the Cardinal. With just over six minutes remaining, the Bears inched closer when Molly Brady scored her fourth goal of the game.
Junior midfielder Kelsey Twist sealed the win for the Cardinal with a goal with just 90 seconds remaining.
Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus played well for the Cardinal registering 11 saves in the win.
Stanford returns to The Farm to host a pair of nationally ranked teams in No. 9 Ohio State and No. 17 Notre Dame on Feb. 27th and the 29th, respectively.
Stanford - 9
Cal - 6
Stanford Saves - Christina Saikus 11