STANFORD, Calif. — No. 2 Stanford’s offense was on fire early on Sunday, scoring the first nine goals of an eventual 17-5 win against No. 8 UC Irvine.
Stanford (13-1) outscored Long Beach State and UC Irvine by a 31-9 margin in its two wins this weekend.
Six players posted multi-goal games for the Cardinal, while in all eight found the back of the cage. Alyssa Lo led the way with four goals, while Ashley Grossman posted a hat trick with three. Kaley Dodson, Alexis Lee, Kaitlyn Lo and Kiley Neushul each scored twice, while Cassie Churnside and Jillian Garton netted a goal apiece.
Kate Baldoni started in the cage, making five saves and conceding just two goals in the first half. Emily Dorst took over in the cage at the start of the second half and stopped a shot.
An eight-goal opening period gave the Cardinal firm control of the match. Neushul scored twice over the first two and a half minutes, then Kaitlyn Lo and Dodson scored 59 seconds apart to make it 4-0 with 4:01 to go in the frame.
Garton scored with 2:54 to go, then over the final 1:23 of the period, Stanford would get goals from Churnside, Alyssa Lo and Grossman.
Dodson’s goal 26 seconds into the second period made it nine in a row for Stanford, a run that was snapped when UC Irvine’s Kelsey Klatt got a shot past Baldoni with 7:02 to go in the half. Stanford then ripped off three consecutive goals over a 2:25 span to take a commanding 12-1 lead.
Hillary Estrada would grab a goal for the Anteaters before halftime. She, along with Jessy Cardey, would score two more for UC Irvine in the third period.
Three Cardinal goals in the third period, including two from Alyssa Lo, were followed by goals from Lee and Grossman in the fourth.