Stanford (1-1) looked extremely sharp throughout, rebounding quickly and convincingly from a 2-1 double-overtime loss to No. 4 Connecticut in the season opener for both teams on Saturday.
Michigan State (1-2), which was the only team to play three games during the four-day Stanford Showcase, was coming off a 7-0 rout of Pacific on Sunday.
Stanford set the tone with a dominating first half, producing three goals off five shots. Secco put the Cardinal in front at the 3:39 mark, scoring her first goal unassisted following a long reverse shot from the left side to the right corner of the goal.
In the 33rd minute, Burke extended the lead to 2-0, when she converted on a rebound near the goal following a quick tap from Becker to close out a penalty corner sequence.
The Cardinal’s third goal occurred 21 seconds before halftime, as Becker’s hard shot was deflected into the cage.
Trailing 3-0, Michigan State’s Heather Howie scored the first of her two goals at the 36:22 mark when she dribbled through the defense and beat keeper Dulcie Davies, who finished with four saves.
Five minutes later, Burke answered with her second goal of the game, collecting a rebound off a penalty corner and firing a quick shot past netminder Molly Cassidy.
Secco added her second goal of the contest in the 52nd minute, knocking in a feed from Shannon Herold toward the center of the cage.
Howie’s second goal came off a set play following a penalty corner with less than one minute remaining.
Stanford next hosts No. 20 New Hampshire on Friday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. The four-game homestand wraps up two days later against VCU at 2 p.m.
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NOTES: Stanford picked up its first win over Michigan State since Oct. 28, 2011, when the Cardinal blanked the Spartans 3-0 in East Lansing, Mich. … The last Cardinal player to record a hat trick was Hope Burke, who accomplished the feat twice last year … Kelsey Harbin tallied a defensive save, the fifth of her career … Clemence Couteau made her first career start … Caroline Beaudoin played in her first career game … A large, vocal contingent of the Stanford men’s soccer team was in attendance … Tara Danielson notched win No. 49 during her three-plus years on The Farm.