Stanford field hockey risks unbeaten mark vs. top-20 foes


The nationally No. 8 Stanford field hockey team looks to keep its perfect record intact as it returns home this week for top-20 matchups against No. 7 Iowa and No. 12 Albany at the Varsity Turf.

The Cardinal (5-0, 0-0 NorPac) opens the weekend with No. 7 Iowa (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten) on Friday at noon, followed by a meeting with No. 12 Albany on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

Stanford continued its hot start to the season this past weekend, picking up victories against Maine, Boston University and New Hampshire during a trip to Durham, N.H. The Cardinal held advantages over opponents in goals (5-0) and shots (36-12).

A major factor of Stanford's success this season has been its defense. The Cardinal has not allowed a goal since the 45:12 mark against Liberty (Aug. 31) -- a span of 256:06. Stanford ranks first in the nation in goals-against average (0.20) and shutouts per game (0.80), and is 11th in scoring margin (2.37).

Dulcie Davies, a science, technology and society major, continued to be a wall in goal, making 10 saves to register three shutouts. The junior is ranked first in the NCAA in saves percentage (.955) and goals-against average (0.20).

Alex McCawley had a big weekend, scoring three of Stanford's five goals, including game-winners against Boston University and New Hampshire. The international relations major has accumulated 11 points on five goals and an assist, and scored three game-winning goals this season. McCawley ranks 14th in the NCAA in goals per game (1.00) and 29th in points per game (2.20).

McCawley and Davies earned NorPac Player of the Week honors for their standout play.

Stanford picked up victories last year against Iowa and Albany, defeating the Hawkeyes 2-0 and the Great Danes 2-1. It was the Cardinal's fourth consecutive victory against Iowa. Davies made a career-best 16 saves against Albany to help Stanford secure a road victory.

Iowa is led offensively by Natalie Cafone who has registered 10 points on five goals, followed by Stephanie Norlander with five points (2-1). Alexandra Pecora has registered every minute in goal for the Hawkeyes and holds a 2.67 GAA and .742 save percentage.

Paula Heuser has been on fire for Albany, recording 17 points on seven goals and three assists in the first five games on the season. She has reeled off a team-high 26 shots – 19 more than any other teammate. Flori Van Rijswijk has contributed seven points (2-3), followed by Kelsey Briddell and Anna Bottino with six points apiece.

Maxi Primus has been strong in goal for Albany, holding opponents to three goals and registering a 0.77 GAA and .850 save percentage.

— Stanford Athletics

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