The No. 11 Stanford field hockey team’s 2012 campaign came to a close on Saturday morning in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Cardinal (16-7, 6-0 NorPac) was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament with a 4-1 loss to No. 1 North Carolina. Four different Tar Heels registered goals, while Kelsey Harbin scored for Stanford.
Stanford field hockey
The last six NorPac women’s field hockey finals have featured Bay Area rivals Stanford and Cal. This season, only one-half of the field was the same as No. 14 Stanford took on upstart Liberty University. The unfamiliar opponent didn’t faze the Cardinal (15-6, 6-0 NorPac) as it posted a 3-0 win to earn its fifth NorPac title in six years.
Despite an early scoring strike that had North Carolina’s squad squirming, Stanford’s field hockey team couldn’t quite spring the upset over a talented Tar Heels squad on Sunday, ultimately losing 6-2.
It was a tale of two halves in Norfolk, Va., where after holding No. 6 Duke to just one goal in the first period, the No. 10 Stanford field hockey team fell 5-0 and swiftly exited the NCAA Tournament
Despite suffering a heartbreaking 1-0 loss at the hands of California in the NorPac Championship on Saturday, the women’s field hockey team is back in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years.
The field hockey team received some good news on the eve of its first game of the NorPac Championships last night, as five players and coach Tara Danielson earned all-conference honors at the conference awards banquet.