Oct. 8, 2011
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- No. 7 Stanford had little trouble putting away Harvard on Saturday morning, claiming a 4-1 victory to open a key two-game East Coast road swing.
The Cardinal (10-1, 3-0 NorPac) ripped off its ninth consecutive win, tying a school record that was established from Oct. 9-Nov. 8 during the 1985 campaign.
Improving to 6-1 in matches played away from home, Stanford scored two goals in each half and thoroughly dominated play against Harvard (6-4, 2-1 Ivy League). The Crimson entered the game having won four in a row and unbeaten in five home games.
Becky Dru scored twice to increase her team-leading goal count to 11, while Kelsey Lloyd and Devon Holman added scores. Hope Burke provided two assists.
Alex McCawley led all players with five shots while Courtney Haldeman chipped in with four off the bench.
Stanford owned a 23-5 advantage in shot attempts (11 in the first period, 12 in the second period) and made the most of a 4-2 edge in penalty corners.
Dru gave the Cardinal a 1-0 lead at the 8:05 mark, scoring on a penalty corner following assists from Burke and Stephanie Byrne.
In the 17th minute, Lloyd scored her second goal of the year when she fired a shot to the left post after an assist from Dru.
Midway through the second half, Holman made it 3-0 as she took a pass from Haldeman and converted her third goal of the season.
Harvard's Emma Keller found the cage at the 58:25 mark, bringing the Crimson to within 3-1.
With just under three minutes remaining, Dru struck again following a penalty corner, with Burke and Shannon Herold credited with assists.
The second game of this week's road swing is particularly important, with Stanford squaring off against No. 12 New Hampshire (11-2, 2-0 America East) tomorrow at 10 a.m. in a match that provides the Cardinal with another valuable opportunity to earn a win against a top-20 foe.