Sept. 17, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- Four different players scored for Stanford in a 4-1 rout of Appalachian State on Wednesday night in Boone, N.C., in the Cardinal's NorPac opener.
With the win, Stanford improves to 2-5 overall and 1-0 in league play while snapping a two-game losing skid. Appalachian State falls to 0-7 on the year and 0-3 in NorPac competition.
The Cardinal dominated the contest from start to finish, establishing season-highs in shot attempts (24) and penalty corners (20). After playing four top-20 opponents through the first six games of the year, Stanford has been well-tested and it showed against the overmatched Mountaineers.
"We are pleased to get our conference season off to a great start," said head coach Lesley Irvine, who picked up her 45th career victory. "The strength of our non-conference competition, leading up to these games, has prepared us well."
Appalachian State actually took a 1-0 lead in the contest, with Christine Zanowicz taking a pass from Jessie Harris within the circle and scoring four minutes into the game.
The Cardinal, which held a 24-8 shot edge, evened the match at 1-1 shortly before halftime thanks to senior Bailey Richardson's first goal of the year. At the 30:37 mark, junior Jennifer Luther stopped the ball following a penalty corner and assisted Richardson, who beat Appalachian State keeper Sabra Holt in the top of the cage.
The second half was all Stanford, as evidenced by a 16-5 shot advantage and 12-3 penalty corner cushion.
Junior Midori Uehara scored unassisted early in the second period, finding an opening in the cage when Holt charged out of the box. Uehara's goal put Stanford in front for good at 2-1.
In the 56th minute, sophomore Jaimee Erickson gave the Cardinal a 3-1 lead when she scored unassisted for her second goal of the season.
Sophomore Katherine Donner rounded out the scoring at the 67:39 mark, finding the cage following an assist from Richardson.
Sophomore Camille Gandhi was held scoreless but tallied a game-high five shot attempts, increasing her team-leading total to 23. Richardson and sophomore Xanthe Travlos both chipped in with four attempts.
Redshirt freshman Alessandra Moss notched the win in goal, making seven saves and improving her personal record to 2-3 on the year.
Stanford's three-game, five-day road trip continues with neutral site contests at Davidson, N.C., against Radford (Friday, Sept. 19- 3 p.m. PT) and Longwood (Sunday, Sept. 21- 9 a.m. PT).