Rachel Ozer scored four goals and No. 19 Stanford withstood a late Notre Dame run to beat the No. 12 Irish, 12-10, in nonconference women's lacrosse play Friday night at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Stanford (2-0) took the lead for good on Ozer's free-position goal in the first half for a 4-3 lead, and increased the lead to 12-7 with 12:21 left in the game on another Ozer goal. However, Notre Dame (2-1) scored three consecutive goals to close within two.
Though Notre Dame won 16 of 24 draws, Stanford's Hannah Farr controlled the final one after Stephanie Toy's goal with 3:28 left.
Except for a quick exchange of turnovers, Stanford controlled the clock thereafter to earn its third consecutive victory over the Irish in their all-time series.
Rachel Sexton scored five goals for Notre Dame to lead all scorers.
For Stanford, Farr and Lucy Dikeou scored two apiece, with Dikeou also providing four draw controls, which proved to be big.
Stanford returns to action Feb. 28 at No. 11 Ohio State.
Madison Hayden recorded 23 kills on a hitting percentage of .455 but Stanford fell to visiting fourth-ranked UC Irvine, 25-27, 27-25, 25-27, 25-20, 15-9, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Friday night.
Conrad Kaminski added 11 kills and had a hitting percentage of .526 to go with four aces and six blocks as the Cardinal (3-7 MPSF, 4-10 overall) lost for the sixth time in seven matches.
Stanford hosts Hope International in a 7 p.m. nonconference match Saturday night.
Kyle Dagostino had 51 assists and Hayden added 12 digs for the Cardinal.
Leah White and Erin Ashby drove in runs but it wasn't enough to prevent Stanford from dropping a 6-2 decision to South Carolina on Friday night at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City.
The Cardinal (8-5) continues in the tournament Saturday and plays Oklahoma State and Fresno State.