Stanford (8-2 overall, 2-1 MPSF) took a 6-0 lead with 16:49 left in the first half, but Denver (10-1, 4-0) countered with five goals to close the half. The Pioneers took their first lead on an unassisted goal by Rachael Dillon with 10:18 left in the game.
After Stanford’s Kyle Fraser tied it up, Meredith Harris scored the winner with 6:41 left, on her fifth goal of the game.
In addition to her team-leading goals, Dikeou had five draw controls, two ground balls, and caused a turnover. Teammate Hannah Farr scored twice and had three draw controls. Fraser and Rachel Ozer also scored two apiece for the Cardinal.
A year ago, Denver won the MPSF regular-season title, but Stanford captured the conference tournament. Both advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Stanford returns to action on Sunday when the Cardinal plays host to Colorado at 1 p.m. at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. It will be Senior Day, and Stanford’s four graduating seniors – Anna Kim, Megan Lerner, Lyndsey Munoz, and Nina Swanson – will be honored before the game.
Denver 13, Stanford 12
Denver 6 7 – 13
Stanford 7 5 – 12
Denver (goals-assists): Meredith Harris 5-0, Jenn Etzel 2-0, Rachael Dillon 2-0, Jill Remenapp 1-1, Rachael McKinnon 1-0, Sarah Kasun 1-0, Christa Reese 1-0, Monica Lucas 0-1.
Stanford: Lucy Dikeou 3-0, Rachel Ozer 2-0, Kyle Fraser 2-0, Hannah Farr 2-0, Anna Kim 1-1, Mackenzie Tesei 1-0, Alex Poplawski 1-0, Laura Klein 0-1, Kelsey Murray 0-1.
Records: Stanford 8-2, 2-1; Denver 10-1, 4-0.