DAVIS, Calif. - No. 6 Stanford was unable to hold onto a late lead Sunday night and fell to UC Davis in overtime, 3-2.
Jamie Garcia scored the game-winner for the Aggies (3-7, 1-0 NorPac) 5:03 into overtime off a penalty corner to give UC Davis its first victory over the Cardinal since resurrecting the team in 2009.
The loss marked Stanford’s (8-3, 2-1 NorPac) second loss in NorPac play in the past four seasons.
Down a goal at halftime, Stanford scored twice in the second half to take a 2-1 lead with less than 16 minutes to play. Hope Burke scored Stanford’s first goal 1:03 into the second half off a feed from Courtney Haldeman.
Fran Tew followed with her second goal of the year at 54:18, knocking in a shot from about four yards out, to put the Cardinal up 2-1.
However, the Aggies' Stephie Sabraw scored the equalizer with less than six minutes remaining in regulation, making a diving effort to redirect a shot into the back of the cage.
The Aggies applied the pressure in overtime, outshooting the Cardinal 3-1 before Garcia found the net on the UC Davis’ fourth shot of the period.
Dulcie Davies made seven saves in goal for Stanford, including four in the first half.
Both teams managed 14 shots and the Cardinal held an 8-2 penalty corner advantage.
Stanford won’t have to wait long to get another shot at the Aggies, as the two teams will square off again on Friday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. PT at Stanford.
Notes: The loss snapped a streak of eight consecutive Stanford wins over the Aggies since 2009 … Stanford fell to 0-2 in overtime games this season, losing to No. 4 Connecticut 2-1 in double-overtime in the season-opener … UC Davis is the first non-top-five team to beat Stanford this season … Stanford’s last NorPac conference loss was a 1-0 decision against California on Nov. 5, 2011... For the first time this year, Stanford scored two or more goals and did not get the win … Dulcie Davies’ seven saves are the second-most she has made in a game this season (16 saves vs. Albany on Sept. 29) … The Cardinal dropped to 19-2 in NorPac contests under head coach Tara Danielson … The Cardinal holds advantages over opponents in shots (168-85), penalty corners (89-30) and goals (30-13).