STANFORD, Calif. — For the fourth successive year, top-ranked Stanford defended its home pool and captured the Stanford Invitational title, this time with an 8-5 win against No. 3 UCLA.
The Cardinal (8-0) made it into the tournament final with an 11-2 victory versus No. 13 UC Davis in the morning.
Freshman Anna Yelizarova posted a hat trick in the title game and five goals on the day for the Cardinal. Kaley Dodson scored twice against the Bruins.
The Bruins took a 3-1 lead after the opening period. Playing from behind, the Cardinal scored twice, but conceded once in the second frame to go into the halftime break trailing 4-3.
The second half became a more familiar story, however. The Cardinal defense, anchored by goalie Kate Baldoni’s six saves in the contest, held the Bruins scoreless in the third period then allowed just one goal during the final eight minutes. On the other side of the pool, Stanford’s offense opened it up with five goals to take control of the contest and bring home a fourth consecutive tournament title.
Along with the five combined goals from Yelizarova and Dodson, the Cardinal got goals from Kaitlyn Lo, Melissa Seidemann and Maggie Steffens.
In the win against UC Davis, Kiley Neushul posted a hat trick, while Seidemann and Yelizarova each scored twice. Lo, Alexis Lee, Lexie Ross and Gurpreet Sohi all added goals in the win.
The Cardinal used a five-goal second period to break open a 1-0 game, getting the lead all the way up to 10-0 by the start of the fourth period.