The 17th-ranked Stanford field hockey team leaned on its superstars Thursday to get past defending champion Albany 1-0 in the first round of the America East Conference in West Long Branch, New Jersey.
Corinne Zanolli, who leads the nation in goals (29) and points (60), netted Stanford's lone goal in the 53rd minute. She was assisted by Sarah Johnson and Fenella Scutt, both of whom were named to the all-America East Conference West Division first team.
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Senior Kelsey Bing, a member of the U.S. national team, recorded seven saves to keep Albany out of the net. Senior Phoebe Crosthwaite, an AEC first team pick, Megan Frost and Rose Winter also defend the goal. Frost and Winter were AEC second-team picks.
Bing, who has five shutouts, was honored with her third career Goalkeeper of the Year honoree, starting all but one game while making 104 saves for a 1.57 GAA to go along with two shutouts and a .794 save percentage.
The only game Bing missed was a Senior Night victory on Nov. 1 against UC Davis, when she competed as the starting goalkeeper for Team USA in its International Hockey Federation qualifier against India.
Stanford plays Maine at 10:30 a.m. on Friday in a rematch of last year's semifinals, which the Black Bears won 3-0. The Black Bears lead the all-time postseason series 2-0.
California edged New Hampshire 2-1 in another quarterfinal. The Bears meet top-seeded Monmouth on Friday. The championship match is scheduled for Sunday morning.