Stanford women's soccer season ended in the third round of the NCAA tournament, with a 2-0 loss to UCLA on Sunday at Drake Stadium.
UCLA (20-1-2), the Pac-12 champion and No. 2-ranked team, got goals from Kodi Lavrusky in the 13th minute and Taylor Smith in the 85th to eliminate the Cardinal. This was their fourth NCAA meeting in five years, but it was the Bruins' first tournament victory in the series.
The result ended Stanford's hope of a sixth consecutive appearance in the College Cup, soccer's equivalent of the Final Four. However, Stanford did advance to the third round for the eighth consecutive season.
No. 17-ranked Stanford (15-6-1) forced three saves from UCLA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, but was outshot, 8-3. UCLA advances to a quarterfinal match at defending champion North Carolina.
It was the UCLA's second victory of the season over Stanford, following a 2-1 overtime triumph on Oct. 10 at Stanford's Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
The loss also ended the collegiate careers of fifth-year seniors Courtney Verloo and Aly Gleason. During their five seasons, Stanford combined for a 109-10-6 record and fielded lineups with 12 All-Americans.
Stanford's senior class of Natalie Griffen, Taylor McCann, Emily Oliver, Shelby Payne, and Sydney Payne finished with a four-year record of 84-9-5, making its career winning percentage of .883 the highest in the country among all senior classes, according to research by CollegeSoccer360.com.
No. 23 Stanford upset No. 17 Michigan, 21-13, in Ann Arbor, before falling at Eastern Michigan, 18-16, in a pair of nonconference dual meets Sunday.
The Cardinal (5-1) posted wins in six of the 10 bouts against Michigan to win its fifth straight dual meet of the year. Redshirt freshman Jim Wilson, ranked No. 20, posted the day's largest upset with a 6-3 decision over sixth-ranked Dan Yates at 165. No. 17 Evan Silver also defeated a higher-ranked opponent with a 4-3 decision over No. 11 Conor Youtsey at 125 pounds.
Senior Bret Baumbach was the only Cardinal to score bonus points against the Wolverines, pinning Jake Salazar in 2:52 at 157 pounds. Third-ranked Ryan Mango recorded a 10-5 decision over Rossi Bruno at 133 pounds. Seniors Kyle Meyer (174 pounds) and Dan Scherer (197 pounds) also tallied wins for Stanford against Michigan.
The Stanford-Eastern Michigan dual came down to the final bout, where Phillip Joseph secured a pin over Stanford sophomore Thomas Kimbrell in 1:59 at 184 pounds to win it for the Eagles.
Stanford completes its trip to the state of Michigan on Monday, Nov. 25 with a dual at Central Michigan at 4:30 p.m. PT. Head coach Jason Borrelli will square off against his alma mater and his father, Tom, who is the head coach of the Chippewas.
No. 7 Stanford won one of its first three matches of the season over the weekend in Philadelphia, beating Williams College, 9-0; and losing to Cornell, 7-2; and Penn, 9-0.
Earning sweeps against Williams were Madeleine Gill at No. 1, CC Ho at No. 2, Ally Huchro at No. 3 and Julia Hemmendinger at No. 7.
Ariel Posner, Carolyn Gillette and Julia Olson all came back to win after losing the opening set. For Olson it was her first collegiate victory. Francesca Fleischer and Alex Yorke rounded out the sweep for Stanford with wins in their matches.
The Cardinal's season debut came in the first of two matches on Saturday when they dropped a 7-2 decision to No. 6 Cornell. Six of the nine individual battles were decided in four sets, but the Cardinal was only able to pull out two of them.
Stanford returns to action Jan. 6 with home duals against Hamilton and Drexel.
Stanford sailing completed its fall season of competition this weekend, placing sixth at the ICSA Match Race Nationals hosted at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
Stanford dropped its quarterfinal match Sunday to eventual regatta champion Georgetown, 2-0, but finished the event by winning its consolation race against Michigan, 1-0. The Hoyas were followed by College of Charleston, St. Mary's (Md.), Yale and Wisconsin.
The Cardinal was represented by Scott Buckstaff (skipper), Hans Henken (trimmer), Cam Hutton (trimmer) and McKenzie Wilson (bow).
The race concludes the fall season of racing for Stanford, which swept all four PCCSC conference regattas. The Cardinal will return to action Jan. 4-5 when it competes at the Rose Bowl regatta in Long Beach, Calif.