STANFORD, Calif. – No. 13 Stanford was unable to protect a five-goal lead and suffered its first loss of the women’s lacrosse season, losing to Vanderbilt in overtime, 16-15, in nonconference play Sunday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Stanford (2-1) got three goals apiece from Lucy Dikeou and freshman Kelsey Murray, and Hannah Farr extended her goal-scoring streak to 13 as the Cardinal built a 14-9 lead with 15:07 to go in the second half. However, Vanderbilt (3-2) scored five answered goals to close out regulation.
Stanford opened the six-minute mandatory first overtime period by scoring a free-position goal by Rachel Ozer with 25 seconds left in the first three-minute overtime half. After Alexandra Crerend won the draw to begin the final three minutes, Stanford seemed in position to win and worked a stall to run out the clock. However, a turnover on a misconnected pass with 1:01 left proved costly.
The turnover led to Abby Wheeler’s tying goal with 34 seconds left. Stanford fouled on the play, allowing Vanderbilt to keep possession on the restart. Only 19 seconds later, the Commodores took the lead on another Mallory Schonk to Wheeler combination – the two combined for both final-minute goals – this time for the winner with 15 seconds left.
Wheeler scored seven goals and Schonk had five assists for Vanderbilt.
To illustrate how important possession is, Stanford did not have the ball after the turnover, except as the final seconds ticked away.
“We need to show better control and confidence,” Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. “We need to have a killer instinct. It’s all in our charge. We need to finish it.”
Just as the weather changed constantly from drizzle to windy to tantalizing moments of bright sunshine, Stanford’s performance seemed to take on those characteristics and moods as well. The Cardinal rallied from a 9-8 halftime deficit with five unanswered goals to begin the second half.
Anna Kim won two consecutive draws and controlled them herself to spark the run and allow Stanford to grab the momentum. But turnovers, including one a cross check with 2:37 left in the second half with the score tied, 14-14, ultimately was Stanford’s undoing. The Cardinal was working the clock to set up a possible winning goal at the time.
With the season-opening three-game homestand concluded, Stanford goes on the road to open Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play at Fresno State on Wednesday, and follows with big contests at No. 15 Towson on Friday and No. 14 Georgetown on Sunday.
“It’s an opportunity to get it back,” Bokker said. “If you let one get away from you, you can come back and get another one. We need to be able to respond.”
Vanderbilt 16, Stanford 15 (OT)
Vanderbilt 8 6 2 – 16
Stanford 7 7 1 – 15
Vanderbilt (goals-assists): Abby Wheeler 7-1, Kelley Chandler 3-1, Amanda Lockwood 2-1, Emma Dagres 2-0, Mallory Schonk 1-5, Caroline Peters 1-0.
Stanford: Lucy Dikeou 3-1, Kelsey Murray 3-0, Hannah Farr 2-0, Rachel Ozer 2-0, Meg Lentz 2-0, Anna Kim 1-1, Alex Poplawski 1-0, Alexandra Crerend 1-0, Meredith Kalinowski 0-1.
Records: Stanford 2-1, Vanderbilt 3-2.