The No. 3-ranked Stanford women's field hockey team extended its program-best winning streak to 11 games and claimed the NorPac West regular-season title Friday with a 2-1 victory against UC Davis at the Varsity Turf.
The Cardinal (17-1, 4-0 NorPac West) matched a program record in wins, reaching 17 victories for the third time in its history.
It is the second time Stanford's senior class has accomplished this feat, also reaching the 17-victory mark in 2011. It was a fitting achievement for the senior class, which was honored pregame as part of the Senior Day ceremony.
The Cardinal controlled much of the game, holding advantages in shots (16-2) and penalty corners (6-0) but had trouble finding the back of the net.
The defense played terrific, consistently shutting down UC Davis' attack by stepping up in plays and eliminating space.
Stanford has held opponents to one or fewer goals in 17 of 18 games this season.
The Cardinal broke through in the 54th minute when Elise Ogle chased down a ball on the end line to the left of UC Davis' (4-13, 0-4 NorPac West) goal and sent a pass to the front of the net. Fran Tew was waiting for the pass and hammered it into the back of the cage.
UC Davis did not go away easily, however, and capitalized on a turnover in the 64th minute to level the score at 1-1.
Jessica Chisholm scored the game-winner exactly four minutes later with a blistering shot off a penalty corner.
Elise Ogle and Hannah Thiemann (English) picked up assists on the play. It was Chisholm's (science, technology and society) fourth goal on the year and Ogle's team-leading eighth assist.
Stanford will have a week until its next game when it heads to Pacific for the NorPac Tournament.
Top-ranked Stanford extended its winning streak to 21 with a 25-17, 22-25, 26-24, 25-15 win at Oregon State on Friday in a Pac-12 match.
Stanford is off to its best start since winning its first 27 matches in 1991.
The Cardinal, second in the nation in hitting percentage, posted a .373 clip, while holding the Beavers to a .191 attack percentage.
Junior setter Madi Bugg controlled the offense with a season high 59 assists to go with a career high 18 digs, earning her 10th double-double.
Junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku led Stanford with 18 kills on a .469 hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Brittany Howard tallied a season high 14 kills to go with 11 digs for her first double-double of the season.
Senior opposite Morgan Boukather also turned in a double-double, her fifth of the year, with 14 kills and 15 digs.
Redshirt freshman middle blocker Merete Lutz finished with 11 kills on a .421 hitting percentage and three blocks.
Junior outside hitter Jordan Burgess was the fourth Cardinal to record a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs, while collecting a career high four assists. Senior libero Kyle Gilbert finished with 16 digs.