Perlman, one of four seniors honored at their final conference home game, led an aggressive defensive attack that held the Golden Bears to their lowest scoring total in the series since 2002.
“Our goal was to come through MPSF undefeated, and we did,” Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. “I attribute it to the depth we have on our team.”
The Cardinal got three goals apiece from sophomore Karen Nesbitt, Sarah Flynn and two apiece from Lauren Schmidt, Claire Hubbard and Leslie Foard.
Stanford pounded the Cal goal with 36 shots and forced 13 saves from a pair of goalkeepers. Meanwhile, Annie Read made eight saves for Stanford.
A victory by Cal (5-10, 3-2) could have put the Golden Bears in position for the No. 1 seed. But Stanford took the Bears out of it early by scoring the first four goals and building a 9-2 lead by late in the first half.
Perlman set the tone defensively by causing turnovers, tying the number she caused in a victory over Albany on Feb. 18, and equaling a Stanford single-game record achieved 10 times by seven individuals. However, Perlman, who has played in every game in her collegiate career, suffered an injury late in the game and had to be removed.