Late Charge Falls Short
LOWELL, Mass. - No. 16 Stanford dropped its second straight decision on Friday afternoon, falling 3-2 at UMass Lowell in the second game of a three-match, four-day road swing.
Stanford (7-2, 5-2 America East) held advantages in shots (13-7) and penalty corners (9-5) but was only able to convert two of its scoring chances.
UMass Lowell (7-4, 5-3 America East) found the cage three times on only seven attempts, including back-to-back goals in a five-minute stretch midway through the second half that forced Stanford to chase.
The Cardinal responded with a dominant fourth period, outshooting the River Hawks 7-1 and attempting six penalty corners in the final 15 minutes but coming up empty.
Juli Porto's fourth goal of the season came off a one-timer in the 23rd minute, with Kaylie Mings increasing her team-leading assist total to six.
Tied 1-1 at halftime, UMass Lowell scored twice in a five-minute span that bridged the third and fourth periods.
Caroline Guden's second goal of the season at the 58:39 mark was a rebound following a penalty corner. The Cardinal continued to pressure in the final minute but was unable to force overtime.
Hannah Santos finished with four saves in goal.
Stanford closes its road trip on Sunday against Albany at 9 a.m. PT, with the winner booking a spot in next weekend's America East Championship.