Cardinal field hockey opens NCAA tournament in Connecticut


The Stanford field hockey team earned a return trip to Connecticut to open the NCAA tournament against Louisville on Friday, the NCAA announced Sunday.

The Cardinal (18-2) lost in the championship match of the NorPac tournament, which likely affected the possibility of a seed. Stanford downed the third-seeded Huskies earlier in the year in Storrs.

North Carolina was awarded the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Maryland. Syracuse was seeded third.

Stanford is 5-2 against the tournament field, which includes a 2-1 record against Delaware and Liberty, which both host a play-in game on Wednesday.

Should the Cardinal get by Syracuse, it would play Connecticut, Delaware or Kent State on Saturday.

Maryland hosts the final rounds between Thursday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 23.

Alex McCawley leads Stanford with 32 points on 14 goals and four assists. She's one of six Cardinal players with at least 10 points.

Canadian national team member Maddie Secco ranks with 20 points on six goals and a team-best eight assists. Lauren Becker (18), Fran Tew (14), Jessica Chisholm (10) and American national team member Kelsey Harbin (10) are next in line.

McCawley and Chisholm each have four game-winning goals, while Katie Keyser has three. Overall, seven different players have recorded a game-winner.

Stanford has outscored its opponents by a 51-14 margin this season, with goalie Dulcie Davies owning an 0.71 goals against average and an .829 save percentage. She has recorded six shutouts and shared another one with Maddy Belin.


Stanford freshman Luke Miller sailed to a second-place finish at the National Championship Regatta hosted by Western Washington on Sunday.

Miller carried a lead into the final race, and was overtaken by winner Stefano Peschiera of the College of the Charleston.

Cardinal senior Kiernan Chung finished 11th in the regatta.

In the women's race, Stanford grad Sarah Mace was sixth. Boston College's Erika Reineke won the title.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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