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No. 20 Stanford Knocks Off Cal in Overtime, 15-12
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/02/2004

April 2, 2004

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford got goals from seven different players to defeat rival Cal, 15-12, on Friday evening at Maloney Field. With the win, Stanford improves to 7-4 on the season, while Cal slips to 6-6 overall.

Junior Kelsey Twist tallied four goals, while junior Nina Pantano, senior Abbi Hills, junior Claire Calzonetti, senior Kim Cahill and sophomore Sarah Bach each pitched in two goals apiece to lead the Cardinal to their second victory over the Bears this season.

Cal got on the board first with a goal by senior Colleen O'Mara just 28 seconds into the game. Stanford answered with a score by Hills to tie the game at one just a minute later. The teams exchanged goals before back-to-back goals from Twist and sophomore Cassie Harvey put the Cardinal up 4-2 with 14:58 remaining in the opening period. After a Cal goal from Julianne Wu, Calzonetti kept Stanford ahead by two with a score at the 8:37 mark. The Bears stormed back with three unanswered goals in the final three minutes of the half to go into the break with a 6-5 lead.

The Bears continued where they left off in the second half, netting a goal at the 27:10 mark to increase their lead to 7-5. The Cardinal answered back with five straight scores, getting two scores each from Twist and Pantano and one from Hills. Bach scored with 8:25 remaining in the contest to put Stanford ahead 11-8. Cal refused to go down, netting three straight goals in the final 4:41 to even the game at 11. Wu pulled the Bears even, scoring a goal with time running out to send the contest into overtime.

The Cardinal took control in overtime, scoring three straight goals in the first overtime period to take a commanding 14-11 lead. Sophomore Megan Burker assisted on the first two overtime scores, as the Cardinal went up on goals by Cahill and Bach. Cal and Stanford traded goals in the second overtime period, as Twist capped the victory with an unassisted goal with just :10 remaining in the contest.

"It's always a tough contest when we play them," said Twist. "I'm really proud of the way our team took back momentum and was able to win this game."

Stanford out shot Cal by a 35-20 margin. Senior Christina Saikus registered the win in the cage for the Cardinal, recording five saves.

The Cardinal return to action on April 9, when they host #13 ranked Northwestern at Maloney Field at 7:00 pm.


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