Dulcie Davies recorded a career-high 16 saves to help No. 6 Stanford, which scored twice within 29 seconds of the second half, beat previously undefeated host No. 11 Albany, 2-1, Sunday in a nonconference affair.
Kasey Quon tapped in a rebound off a penalty corner in the 38th minute to give Stanford (7-2) a 1-0 lead early in the second half.
Thirty seconds later, Jessica Chisholm added a second goal for the Cardinal, finding the net on a deflection off a long feed from outside the circle.
Albany (9-1) scored at 38:46 to cut Stanford's lead in half. However, the Cardinal defense held strong and kept Albany off the board to secure the victory and hand the Great Danes their first loss of the season.
Stanford weathered a challenging start in which Albany held advantages in shots (7-0) and penalty corners (2-0) in the first 14 minutes. Davies made five of her 16 saves during the span.
After a Stanford timeout at 16:41, the Cardinal matched Albany with four shots apiece to close out the half.
Stanford was outshot 15-5 in the second half, but Davies came up big making nine saves including six in the final 15 minutes.
DavisStanford was outshot for the first time this season (26-9) and held to less than 10 shots for the second time in as many games.
Stanford will look to carry its momentum into next weekend as it continues NorPac play at home against Pacific on Oct. 4 and at UC Davis on Oct. 6.
Men's water polo
No. 3 Stanford's comeback bid fell short Sunday afternoon and the Cardinal dropped a 14-12 decision to host No. 5 Pacific.
The Cardinal (7-2, 0-1 MPSF) returns to action next Saturday for its home opener, a noon match against Santa Clara at Avery Aquatic Center.
Stanford fell behind, 7-2, with 7:25 left in the second period against the Tigers.
The Cardinal steadily battled its way back into contention, pulling within 12-11 with 7:54 left to play, but the Tigers scored two straight goals to seal it.
Forrest Watkins scored five times to lead the Cardinal while Bret Bonanni scored four times, BJ Churnside twice and Alex Bowen once.