No. 9 Stanford improved to 9-1 and a perfect 5-0 at home with a 12-8 win over Brown, Tuesday afternoon at Cagan Stadium. Stanford led throughout, but was never able to build a comfortable lead as Brown forced the Cardinal into its slower tempo.
“It was nice to be back on our home field,” said head coach Amy Bokker. “I thought our defense was good and we accomplished our goal of holding them to single digits in goals. Our ride was working well and we were getting the ball back full field.”
The two teams traded goals early in the game as the game was tied midway through the first half at 3-3. Karen Nesbitt opened the scoring for Stanford, while Lauren Schmidt and Leslie Foard also added unassisted goals.
At the 13:51 mark in the first half, the Cardinal would execute a 4-0 run that would prove to be the difference in the game. Sarah Flynn was the catalyst for the run, scoring three of her four goals in a period of just over nine minutes. Foard would add the fourth goal of the run and Stanford led 7-3 late in the half.
Brown got a goal just before the half, but the Cardinal still led 7-4 at the break.
The defense for Stanford was strong as Paige Farmakis, Elizabeth Adam, Ashley Aruffo and Catherine Swanson controlled the Brown attack. Annie Read was also solid in net, making six saves for the game.