STANFORD, Calif. – No. 11 Stanford field hockey defeated Pacific 3-0 Monday night to win its ninth consecutive match at the Varsity Turf and claim the NorPac West Division regular season championship.
It was the Cardinal’s (13-4, 4-1 NorPac) eighth shutout on the season and its 15th consecutive victory over Pacific (4-12, 2-3 NorPac).
On a night dedicated to Stanford’s four seniors, it was only fitting senior Elise Ogle scored the game-winner. Ogle tapped home a rebound at 1:27 after a penalty corner blast from Kelsey Harbin was saved by Pacific goalkeeper, Maggie Corder.
The Cardinal dominated the run of play in the first half, holding advantages in shots (9-3) and penalty corners (4-2) but was unable to extend its lead, due in part to four saves by Corder.
Stanford carried its momentum into the second half and added a second score in the 44th minute when Fran Tew received a pass at the top of the circle, made a move to her backhand and rifled a shot into the left side of the cage. It was Tew’s third goal in the past four games.
Alex McCawley tallied Stanford’s final goal of the night when she redirected a strong pass from Maddie Secco into the back of the cage. It was a well-earned score for the pair, which played a strong game and created multiple opportunities throughout the contest.
Though not called upon often, Dulcie Davies made big saves when needed to keep Stanford in command. Davies earned her eighth shutout on the season, finishing with four saves.
Stanford will close out its regular season Thursday at California at 3 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Networks.
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Notes: Hope Burke, Courtney Haldeman, Elise Ogle and Anna Simmons were honored in a pregame Senior Night ceremony. Among the accomplishments for the four-member senior class: a 61-21 overall record, 21-2 record in conference play, 27-6 record at the Varsity Turf, three NCAA Tournament appearances and four NorPac regular season titles … The Cardinal improved to 21-2 in NorPac play under head coach Tara Danielson … Stanford has won nine in a row at the Varsity Turf since dropping its season-opener to No. 4 Connecticut in double-overtime on Aug. 31 … During Stanford’s nine-game winning streak at the Varsity Turf, the Cardinal has given up five goals … The Cardinal has defeated Pacific in 15 consecutive matches … Stanford has held opponents to one or fewer goals in 12 of 17 games this year … The Cardinal is 11-1 when scoring two or more goals in a game this year … The Cardinal has outshot opponents in 12 of 17 matches … Stanford holds advantages over opponents in shots (256-135), penalty corners (129-52) and goals (45-16).