The No. 11-ranked Stanford women's field hockey team defeated visiting Pacific, 3-0, Monday night to win its ninth consecutive match at the Varsity Turf and claim the NorPac West Division regular-season championship.
On a night dedicated to Stanford's four seniors, it was only fitting senior Elise Ogle scored the game-winner. Ogle tapped home a rebound at 1:27 after a penalty-corner blast from Kelsey Harbin was saved by Pacific goalkeeper, Maggie Corder.
The Cardinal dominated the run of play in the first half, holding advantages in shots (9-3) and penalty corners (4-2) but was unable to extend its lead, due in part to four saves by Corder.
Stanford carried its momentum into the second half and added a second score in the 44th minute when Fran Tew received a pass at the top of the circle, made a move to her backhand and rifled a shot into the left side of the cage. It was Tew's third goal in the past four games.
Alex McCawley tallied Stanford's final goal of the night when she redirected a strong pass from Maddie Secco into the back of the cage. It was a well-earned score for the pair, which played a strong game and created multiple opportunities throughout the contest.
Though not called upon often, Dulcie Davies made big saves when needed to keep Stanford in command. Davies earned her eighth shutout on the season, finishing with four saves.
Stanford will close out its regular season Thursday at California at 3 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Networks.
With a collective 15-under through two rounds at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, Stanford stood within striking distance of leader Oklahoma State heading into the final day of competition at the par-71, 7,068-yard Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas, Texas.
Stanford followed a 349 on Monday with a second-round 346 for a 36-hole score of 695, sitting behind Oklahoma State's 21-under 689.
New Mexico (14-under), host Baylor (12-under) and Southern Methodist (11-under) round out the top five.
Through 36 holes, Stanford's Cameron Wilson is tied for third at 6-under with teammate David Boote checking in at 5-under for a tie for fifth.
Both Wilson and Boote shot 67 in the second round.
During his second round, Boote went birdie-bogey-birdie-eagle-bogey on holes two through six before closing with a birdie to finish 4-under.
Wilson went 69-67 and did not bogey a single hole on the back nine. Wilson birdied eight different holes through his two rounds.
Jim Liu carded a first-round low for Stanford with a 68, featuring five birdies and one double bogey. Liu was 4-under before his double bogey on the par-4, 475-yard 13th. He would bogey the hole in round two.
Three birdies and a pair of bogeys left Patrick Rodgers at 1-under through his first 18. Starting his second round at hole 13, Rodgers birdied the par-5 14th, bogeyed the par-4 17th and knocked in pars on the following 14 holes.
Rodgers is tied for 26th while Viraat Badhwar is tied for 33rd after rounds of 72-70. Menlo School grad Patrick Grimes is tied for 37th at 1-over.