No. 15 field hockey’s (16-7, 4-0 America East) season ended on Friday in a 4-0 loss to No. 1 North Carolina (20-0, 6-0 ACC) in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Tar Heels raced to a quick lead behind three goals in the first half and Stanford was never able to gain any momentum to muster a comeback.
No. 17 field hockey (16-6, 4-0 America East) takes on top-ranked and undefeated North Carolina (19-0, 6-0 ACC) in Chapel Hill on Friday. By securing a win against Miami on Wednesday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, the Cardinal earned a date with the defending national champion Tar Heels.
Behind another hat trick from junior attacker Corrine Zanolli, Stanford field hockey claimed its second NCAA tournament win in program history. The No. 17 Cardinal (16-6, 4-0 America East) cruised to a 3-1 victory over Miami-Ohio (13-8, 5-1 MAC) in the opening round at home on Wednesday. Zanolli leads the nation in both goals (33) and points (69).
Behind Sarah Johnson’s game-winning goal in the final minute, No. 17 field hockey (15-6, 4-0 America East) captured the America East Championship in a 2-1 win over tournament host No. 20 Monmouth (14-5, 5-0 America East), securing a spot in the NCAA tournament.
No. 18 field hockey (11-6, 3-0 AEC) will play UC Davis (7-8, 2-1 AEC) at home in their regular season finale and senior night. The Cardinal have already clinched the America East West Division title and will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament next week.
No. 19 field hockey (10-6, 2-0 AEC) looks to keep their undefeated record in conference play as they head across the bay to take on rival Cal (7-8, 1-1 AEC). The Cardinal enter the match having just handily won an away game against conference opponent UC Davis on Sunday.
No. 15 Stanford field hockey (6-5, 1-0 AEC) suffered a 1-3 loss to No. 21 Wake Forest (4-5, 0-1 ACC) and an 0-1 loss to No. 2 Duke (8-1, 0-1 ACC) this past Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Cardinal’s tour of North Carolina brought on tough battles and even tougher decisions, as Stanford just barely dropped the ball against the Demon Deacons and could almost taste a tie against the Blue Devils in the second half of Sunday’s match.
No. 18 field hockey (5-3, 1-1 America East) overwhelmed conference rival Vermont (2-3, 0-1 America East) in a 6-2 win on Sunday. Stanford matched its season-high number of goals in one game and scored a season-high four second-half goals.