Hope Burke and Lauren Becker combined to score two quick goals in the final two minutes of the first half to help lift Stanford to a 5-2 victory over visiting Michigan State on Monday in a nonconference women's field hockey contest.
Burke also scored early in the second half to give the Cardinal (1-1) a three-goal advantage, as the defense took care of the rest. Goalkeeper Dulcie Davies needed to make four saves to keep the Spartans from getting too close.
Stanford took advantage of its eight shots on goal, with Burke scoring both times she took aim at the net. Becker added an assist on Burke's first goal.
Maddie Secco, who played with the Canadian junior national team over the summer, put the Cardinal on top with a goal in the first four minutes. She added another goal, with an assist from Shannon Herold, with less than 20 minutes to play.
Kelsey Harbin, who played for the U.S. junior national team, took three shots, two on goal. She also recorded a defensive save, the fifth of her career.
Clemence Couteau made her first career start and Caroline Beaudoin played in her first career game.
Heather Howie, who scored both goals for the Spartans, scored her final goal with 39 seconds remaining to play.
Among the spectators were a large, boisterous contingent of Stanford's men's soccer team.
Stanford hosts New Hampshire in a nonconference match on Friday at 6 p.m. Cardinal coach Tara Danielson will be seeking her 50th career win.