PALO ALTO, CA – Ninth-ranked Stanford (9-1) broke open a 3-3 game with a four-goal stretch over a period of nine minutes in the first half and survived Brown's (5-3) second-half come back attempt to earn a 12-8 win over the Bears on Tuesday afternoon in California. Brown was led by freshman Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY), who had four points (3g, 1a), while junior Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) and freshman Danielle Mastro (Endicott, NY) both tallied two goals.
Mastro opened the scoring, striking just 1:23 into the game to give Brown an early, 1-0, lead. However, the Cardinal would tie the game at 1-1 just 31 seconds later and then grab a 2-1 lead 5:40 into the game on a goal by Lauren Schmidt.
Sophomore Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY) connected on a feed from classmate Kasey Wagner (Southborough, MA) 1:30 later to tie the score at 2-2 and after Stanford regained the lead, 3-2, Hudgins' first of the day tied the score at 3-3 with 17:50 left in the first half.
Following a stretch of four scoreless minutes, Sarah Flynn, who led all scorers with five points (4g, 1a) sparked a 4-0 Stanford run at the 16:09 mark. Flynn scored her second of the day just 1:04 later and after a goal by Leslie Foard at 19:35, Flynn's third of the afternoon gave the Cardinal a 7-3 lead with 4:40 remaining in the half.
After Hudgins cut the deficit to 7-4 14 seconds before the break, the two teams traded goals during the first 15:45 of the second half, as Stanford maintained the three-goal cushion, 9-6, with 14:15 left to play.
Hudgins scored her third of the day with 13:05 left, forcing Stanford to call a timeout, but that was as close as Brown would get, as the Cardinal reeled off three straight goals in a span of 3:34 to take a 12-7 lead with 9:11 remaining. Mastro's second of the day with 3:37 left accounted for the 12-8 final.
Stanford outshot Brown, 32-18, and held a 24-19 advantage in ground balls. The Cardinal also caused 11 turnovers to Brown's nine and won 13 draw controls to Brown's eight.
Five different players earned two ground balls for Brown, while seniors Krissi Penikis (Swarthmore, PA) and Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE), and freshman Erin Roos (Wilmette, IL) all had a team-high two caused turnovers. Caldwell and freshman Grace Healy (Bellport, NY) led Brown with two draw controls each.
The Bears have a quick turn around after their return flight home, as they travel to Dartmouth, currently ranked 18th in the country, for a 4:00 p.m. game on Saturday afternoon.
Pictured: Bre Hudgins '14. Photo by DSPics.net.