There's something about Harvard that brings out the best in Stanford's Meg Lentz.
The sophomore from Ohio scored a career-high four goals to lead No. 14 Stanford to a 14-10 victory over visiting Harvard in nonconference women's lacrosse action Saturday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Last year, she had a career-high three against the Crimson. In two games against Harvard, Lentz has scored seven of her 17 career goals. Her final goal, with 9:13 left in the game, halted a 4-0 Harvard run and was crucial in enabling Stanford to close out the game.
"Meg's that silent but deadly type," Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. "She's a real consistent player for us. I didn't know she had four goals. They just kind of sneak in there. But she's a very poised and confident player."
Stanford (2-0) built leads of 4-0 and 12-4. However, Harvard (0-1) outscored the Cardinal, 6-2, down the stretch to get back into the game.
"We're someone that could play up-tempo, good energy, and push pace," Bokker said. "Credit to Harvard, I don't know if they sucked our energy out of us, or what, but I'd just like to see us sustain that for a full 60 minutes."
Other standouts for Stanford included goalkeeper Lyndsey Munoz, who had eight saves, four ground balls, and caused a turnover. The Cardinal was especially tough on draws, winning 15 of 26. Emily Newstrom came off the bench to take 18 draws, won 12, and controlled six of them. Megan Lerner fought for five draw controls.
Lucy Dikeou scored the first of her two goals to help Stanford to a 4-0 lead only seven minutes in, and the Cardinal never trailed thereafter. Hannah Farr scored a single goal, an unassisted score late in the first half, but it was enough to extend her goal-scoring streak to 11 games.
Freshmen Kelsey Murray and Laura Klein scored their first collegiate goals, while Stanford played 23 players. However, the depth that provides a real strength to the Cardinal, didn't have the same affect Saturday.
"We have to find rhythm in that," Bokker said. "They have to make the most of their opportunity. The reason we're doing putting fresh players in is not to keep pace with other teams, it's to make them have to keep up with us."
Still, a wire-to-wire victory certainly was appreciated as the Cardinal completes a three-game season-opening homestand next Sunday against Vanderbilt at noon.
"Overall, it's great to be 2-0," Bokker said. "I feel good about that. And I'm hoping against Vanderbilt we can come out and have the good energy for 60 minutes that we need."