Senior Anna Salemo scored four goals and recorded a pair of assists and the 14th-ranked Stanford lacrosse downed visiting No. 16 Ohio State, 18-7, in a nonconference contest Sunday.
Senior Lucy Dikeou gave the Cardinal (2-1) a quick lead. She won the opening draw control and, displaying her celerity, scored 11 seconds into the match, the first of her three goals. That sparked a run of six unanswered goals in the first eight minutes of play.
Ohio State broke the string with three straight goals, though Stanford outshot the Buckeyes, 13-8 and won 10 of the 14 draw controls in the half.
The Cardinal continues its home stand Saturday with a noon match against Harvard.
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No. 4 Stanford returned to its winning ways Sunday, winning twice at the Davis Shootout, its first action since losing to Cal two weeks ago.
The Cardinal topped the host Aggies, 14-5, and then took care of Brown, 17-0.
Jamie Neushul and Anna Yelizarova each scored four times against fifth-ranked UC Davis, coached by M-A grad Jamey Wright.
Julia Hermann recorded 13 saves in the whitewash of the Bears and Dani Jackovich, Sophia Monaghan and Gurpreet Sohi each recorded a hat trick.
The shutout was Stanford's first since Jan. 17, 2015, a 20-0 victory over CSU Monterey Bay at the LouStrong Memorial. The Cardinal moved to 9-1 on the year heading into next weekend's UC Irvine Invitational.
Stanford's Victoria Molina hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 4-1 deficit against St. Mary's but it was not enough as the Cardinal fell, 6-5, in nine innings.
After surrendering two runs in the top of the ninth inning, Stanford battled back and capitalized on an error to cut the deficit.
"We never quit in that game," said Stanford coach Rachel Hanson. "There are a few things we need to sharpen up but mostly we need to loosen up at the plate. We play best when we're aggressive."
Stanford (4-5) travels to Cathedral City for the Mary Nutter Classic, opening against Missouri on Thursday.
Molina was 5-for-13 with five RBI, a home run, a double and a run on the weekend. Arden Pettit hit .375 (3-for-8) with two runs and a walk, while Bessie Noll went 4-for-11 (.364) with two doubles, two runs, four walks and an RBI.
Carolyn Lee got the start in the circle for the Cardinal in the weekend finale against the Gaels and left the game with a no-decision, permitting two runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks. She struck out two in four innings.
Haley Snyder (3-2) came in as relief in the fifth inning and suffered the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits and one walk with a strikeout.
"Both pitchers did a pretty good job," said Hanson. "They're both doing a good job of attacking and they're keeping us in games and giving us opportunities to win."
Stanford found itself in an early hole when the Gaels struck for a run in the first and third innings to take a 2-0 lead.
St. Mary's would have added another run in the top of the second had Noll not made one of the defensive plays of the game, throwing out a runner at home from center field.
Led by senior All-Americans Lauren Kim and Mariah Stackhouse, the defending national champion Stanford women's golf team resides in eighth place after Sunday's opening round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at English Turn Golf and Country Club in New Orleans.
Kim carded a 4-under-par 68 to grab the individual lead in the 17-team event hosted by Tulane University. Stackhouse added a 69 and is tied for second.
Kim collected six birdies, including three-straight at 15, 16 and 17, while Stackhouse made five birdies and went 3-under the last 13 holes.
"We had a great showing by our seniors and it couldn't have come at a better time," said Anne Walker, Stanford's Director of Women's Golf. "I'm excited to see their names at the top of the leaderboard, that's where they belong. The rest of the team isn't far behind and is working hard to get back to form."
As a team, the third-ranked Cardinal posted a score of 8-over 296. Arizona and Oklahoma State share the lead at 1-under 287.