Stanford Ends Field Hockey's Season

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Cal field hockey coach Shellie Onstead would make the switch if she could.

Before last Saturday's NorPac championship game against Stanford in St. Louis, the Bears had won five consecutive games against the Cardinal, the latest coming just over a week ago (2-1).

"We are five of six against (Stanford), I just wish we could take the last game back for this one," Onstead said.

But in the championship tournament match that decided which team would fly to Massachusetts for an NCAA play-in game, the Cardinal (12-10 overall, 4-2 NorPac) broke Cal's five game run with a 2-0 victory.

Stanford's junior forward Erica Swesey connected on a penalty corner with the help of freshman Noor Dawood at 5:18 for the first goal.

"I wasn't terribly worried because we had been down (the first half) the day before," Onstead said.

In the second half the Bears increased their offense, taking point blank shots at Stanford's keeper, Rebecca Shapiro, but nothing went through.

"She (Shapiro) was better than last time," Cal midfielder Nora Feddersen said. "But there was some luck involved. If it were like the last game, it would have gone in."

Stanford knocked in an insurance goal in the second half after Cal defender Erin Robinson illegally blocked a shot.

The tournament was not a total loss. Feddersen, Elizabeth Harkins, and Stephanie Lyons all received all-tournament honors.

On Friday, the No. 1 seeded Bears defeated Davidson 4-3 to get into the championship round.

Cal had to battle the Wildcats, who came into the game fierce and hoping to advance.

On a penalty corner five minutes into the game, Agnes Bateman managed to slip a ball past Cal's goalie Sarah Hoehn to put the Wildcats up 1-0.

After another penalty corner in the middle of the first half, sophomore Jessica Barton extended Davidson's lead to 2-0 with a unassisted goal.

"(Davidson) just came out on fire," Onstead said. "We knew they are good in their corner play. Even though we were down 2-0 in the second half, there wasn't a feeling of panic."

Sophomore Pooja Mehta and Harkins paired together for Cal's first goal. Harkins stole the ball at the midfield, drew Stanford's keeper and a defender to her and then dished the ball to Mehta, who brought the Bears to within one.

Davidson was then called for hooking-the-stick and the Bears were awarded a penalty stroke. Senior Leticia Galyean took the stroke to tie up the match 2-2.

Junior Amber Stockstill scored the third goal for Cal at 19:50 off a rebound on junior Sara Hunt's initial shot.

Harkins then scored her own goal, and gave the Bears a little breathing room at 4-2.

Davidson answered Cal with another goal, but 4-3 is where the scoring would end.

As the Bears returned home to the Bay Area on Sunday, Stanford was preparing for their NCAA play-in game against Holy Cross on Thursday.

"We had a great season," Onstead said. "I'm happy with our play, but it is sad to be home early."


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