Freshman goalie Kelsey Bing recorded a season-high eight saves, senior Kristina Bassi scored her second goal of the year, the Stanford field hockey team fell short of stopping the reigning NCAA champions, as No. 1 Syracuse squeezed by the Cardinal, 3-1, in a nonconference match Sunday.
The Cardinal (1-4) came out strong with a penalty corner and shot right out of the gate, but the Orange (6-0) defense stymied Stanford's offensive efforts in the rest of the half without allowing another shot.
The second half saw a renewed effort from the Cardinal, which doubled its offensive output of the first half in the first four minutes alone.
A shot by Fran Tew was turned away only to set up a penalty corner that produced Caroline Beaudoin's second assist of the year where she set up Kristina Bassi to make it 2-1 with over 30 minutes remaining.
The Orange never let up the pressure on Stanford by blasting nine shots in the half, forcing Kelsey Bing to make an unreal six saves.
The Cardinal will remain east as it plays Cornell on Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT