No. 18 Stanford Blanks Bears, 3-0
STANFORD - The California field hockey team battled No. 18 Stanford for the second time in back-to-back matches this week, and the Cardinal defeated the Golden Bears, 3-0, Sunday night from Varsity Field Hockey Turf on the Stanford campus.
Cal fell to 2-6, 1-4 on the year.
"The differences to me tonight are that we're a pretty young team between our freshmen and even for the sophomores because of the lack of a developmental season last spring," said the Donna Fong Director of Field Hockey Shellie Onstead. "Getting them to stay in the process and making little changes as we go, we're developing pretty quickly in this abbreviated season. We're just still working on opportunities to convert in the circle."
Cato Knipping posted a career high in saves for the second straight match, notching 12 on Sunday. This gives her a combined 20 saves in two matches against Stanford this season after posting a previous career-high eight stops in last Tuesday's meeting in Berkeley.
Maddie Cleat paced the Bears with four shots, one on goal. Brynn Zorilla and Rachel Buttinger each took two shots, one on goal, while Sara Stone and Jane Onners both posted a shot on goal.
Both Cal and Stanford garnered four short corners each.
As a show of solidarity with Stanford, the Bears wore black uniforms with the Cardinal in support of saving the Stanford field hockey program.
"It was a real shock when this happened to them in the fall," Onstead said. "It reminded me a lot of our experience at Cal when our field was knocked down and we didn't have a place to train. We felt a real kindred with them. We also know that for the west coast, it's important to keep programs here. This is a 45-year rivalry from the minute these two programs were born with Title IX, and we intend to fight with them and do anything we can to help."
Cal heads back to the east coast for the final three matches of the regular season, hoping to qualify for the America East Conference Tournament.