In No. 7 Stanford’s toughest test of the season, the Cardinal fell 12-11, at No. 5 Northwestern. The Wildcats who have won four of the past five NCAA titles outlasted the Cardinal in a back-and-forth, highly competitive game.
The Cardinal tied the score with under two minutes to play, but could not hold off Northwestern, a national power, who is currently holds the top RPI in the country. Northwestern’s Shannon Smith scored seven goals to lead the Wildcats, while Emile Boeri paced the Cardinal with a hat trick.
Northwestern outshot Stanford 32-21 for the game, but Annie Readmade 10 saves to keep things close. The Wildcats also had 17 draw controls to just eight for Stanford to hold possession for the majority of the game.
The Cardinal quickly fell behind 3-0 as Smith scored three goals for Northwestern in just over 10 minutes. Stanford responded, however, scoring three-straight goals of its own to tie the score at 3-3 with 11:21 to play in the first half.
Lauren Schmidt got the scoring going for Stanford as she drew a free position shot and then converted for her 28th goal of the season. Emilie Boeri then brought Stanford within one as she scored in her return from injury. Leslie Foardtied the game, also on a free-position goal, her 22nd free-position goal of the season and 36th overall.
The Cardinal would then fall behind 4-3, but regain the tie on a second goal from Boeri. However, Northwestern added a goal just before the half and Stanford trailed 5-4 at the break.