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Stanford 2, Monmouth 1

Date of competition: Sunday, November 10, 2019

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Fresh off its third America East Conference title in four seasons, No. 17 Stanford's season will continue in familiar territory during the opening round of the NCAA Championship.

Stanford (15-6, 4-0 America East) will square off against Miami (Ohio) (13-7, 5-1 MAC) in the opening round of the NCAA Championship on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Varsity Turf. The Stanford-Miami matchup is one of two opening-round games that will feed into the first round, with Fairfield-American as the other contest.

Tickets for the Cardinal's game against the RedHawks are now on sale by visiting Tickets purchased at the event on Wednesday will be cash only.

Earlier on Sunday, the Cardinal outlasted Monmouth 2-1 in the America East tournament final, capturing the conference crown for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 2016-17 after joining the league. Sarah Johnson's game-winner in the final minute proved to be the difference as Stanford dominated play offensively and extended its season-high winning streak to six.

Stanford is making its first NCAA appearance since a 2-1 loss to Miami (Ohio) in the 2017 opening round. The Cardinal, which has reached the NCAA Championship in 10 of the last 13 seasons, is 1-16 all-time in the postseason. Stanford's only victory came back on Nov. 15, 2014, defeating Louisville 2-1 in overtime.

Since the NCAA moved to its present format in 2017, opening-round games are now recognized as official games and count toward an institution's postseason record. Prior to 2017, Stanford produced a 5-1 record in elimination games, or more commonly referred to as play-in games.

First and second round matchups are scheduled for this weekend, with the four teams advancing to the semifinals on Nov. 22 to set up the national championship game on Nov. 24 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Cardinal has remained a top-25 fixture all season, peaking at No. 15 in late September. Stanford, which is 5-5 against top-25 competition this season, is led by junior attacker Corinne Zanolli, who leads the nation in goals (30) and points (63) and senior goalkeeper Kelsey Bing, who was recently named America East Goalkeeper of the Year for the third consecutive season.

America East Conference Tournament
at Long West Branch, N.J.
Stanford 1 0 0 1 -- 2
Monmouth 0 0 1 0 -- 1
Zanolli (unassisted); Johnson (Pilson).
Mon: van der Hoop (Frenken).
Records: Stanford 15-6; Monmouth 14-5

posted by Rick on Nov 10, 2019 at 7:32 pm

Corinne Zanolli scored the game's first goal. Photo by Karen Ambrose Hickey/Stanford Athletics.

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