April 25, 2010
Stanford, Calif. - No. 15 Stanford wrapped up the regular season with a 17-14 win over UC Davis to clinch the No. 2 seed heading into the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference tournament next week. The Cardinal (11-5, 5-1 MPSF) used an early surge to build a big lead and hang on for victory. UC Davis (10-5, 3-3 MPSF) attempted a spirited comeback, but did not have enough in the end.
Stanford scored the first seven goals of the game as it looked like it would cruise to an easy victory. Just 2:08 into the game, Claire Hubbard got Stanford on the board with an assist from Leslie Foard. The Cardinal converted its first seven shots in building a seven-goal lead in just over six minutes. Hubbard had two goals and two assists in the spurt.
At the 15:29 mark in the first half, UC Davis finally got on the board, making it 7-1. However, Stanford continued to control play for the rest of the first half, taking a 13-5 lead to the break. Hubbard and Dana Lindsay both had first-half hat tricks for the Cardinal.
UC Davis came out with renewed energy in the second half. Despite giving up an early goal to Lauren Schmidt, the Aggies rallied for nine second-half goals to make game of it.
The Cardinal bent, but did not break, eventually running out the clock without UC Davis getting no closer than three goals. Annie Read proved vital in the half, making six of her eight saves to keep Stanford on top.
Lindsay finished with four goals, while Hubbard had the three goals and four assists. Sarah Flynn also added a hat trick, giving her a team-leading 36 goals on the season. Schmidt had two goals and two assists.
The win for Stanford means that they will take on seventh-seeded Fresno State in the first round of the MPSF tournament. The game will be the first of the three opening round games on Thursday, April 29, at noon PST. A win and Stanford will advance to play on Friday, April 30, while the MPSF title game is set for Sunday, May 2. This season the MPSF tournament champion will receive an automatic berth to an NCAA play-in game against the winner of the Atlantic-10 conference tournament.
Stanford has won five consecutive MPSF tournaments, but figures to be in for a challenge this season with Denver finishing a perfect 6-0 in conference and acting as host to the tournament.