No. 13 Stanford's 9-0 First-Half Run Sinks Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. Despite both Lindsay Toppe and Rachel Moody recording hat tricks, Cornell fell to No. 13 Stanford Tuesday afternoon, 17-9. The Big Red couldn't dig out from a decisive 9-0 first-half run by the Cardinal (7-1, 2-0 MPSF) and dropped to 4-4 (1-1 Ivy) on the season.

Just 36 seconds into the game, Amanda D'Amico got Cornell on the board with a free-position goal.

Anna Kim broke open offense for Stanford off a pass from Kelsey Murray and the Cardinal never looked back. Alex Poplawski, Emily Newstrom and Meg Lentz each scored twice before Kim added her second goal. Rachel Ozer chipped in the last goal during that run for Stanford.

23:08 passed before Cornell's scoring drought ended when Moody capitalized on a pass from D'Amico.

Hannah Farr and Lentz made sure Stanford finished the half strong and the Cardinal took an 11-3 lead into the intermission, with a 24-5 shot advantage.

Poplawski netted Stanford's 12th goal just one minute into the second half, but Cornell's Sarah Hefner buried a pass from Toppe 35 seconds later. Two minutes later, the Cardinal's Lentz took advantage of a free-position attempt and made the deficit 13-4. Toppe then snuck one past Stanford goaltender Lyndsey Munoz.

Murray had a hand in the Cardinal's next three goals, assisting on Poplawski's fourth tally and scoring the next two. Alexandra Crerend had Stanford's final mark of the game at 11:03.

Moody then sandwiched goals from Toppe and Kristy Gilbert to round out the scoring for the Big Red.

Toppe finished the day with three goals and one assist and Rachel Moody had three goals to lead Cornell on offense. Renee Poullott and Carly Gniewek split time in the crease, with Poullott recording three saves and Gniewek recording seven.

Cornell won 16 of 28 draws, with Hefner recording nine alone. Meg Lentz and Alex Poplawski had four goals each for Stanford and goaltender Lyndsey Munoz had four saves.

The Big Red will travel to Princeton Saturday to take on the Tigers at 1:00 p.m.

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ITHACA, N.Y. Meg Lentz and Alex Poplawski scored four goals apiece to lead No. 13 Stanford to a 17-9 nonconference victory over Cornell on Tuesday.

Stanford (7-1) fell behind 36 seconds into the game before scoring nine unanswered goals during a span of 20 minutes to take command. Poplawski, Lentz, Anna Kim, and Emily Newstrom each scored twice during the run.

The Stanford defense was especially tough, holding Cornell (4-4) scoreless for a first-half span of 24 minutes, 18 seconds. Stanford also pressured the Big Red into 15 first-half turnovers, and allowed Cornell to clear the ball out of its defensive end only five times in 18 tries.

Stanford plays its second spring break contest on Saturday at No. 6 Notre Dame at 9 a.m. PDT. It's a rematch of Stanford's 7-6 victory in the first round of the 2013 NCAA tournament, Stanford's first ever in NCAA play. Notre Dame is the highest ranked team on Stanford's schedule and the Cardinal's final nonconference opponent before playing the bulk of its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation schedule.

For Poplawski, the four goals were a collegiate career high for the freshman. She extended her goal-scoring streak to eight every game of her Stanford career during her second multi-goal performance.

Lentz, a sophomore who also had two assists, equaled her high of four. Each was against an Ivy League opponent, after first scoring four against Harvard earlier this season. Lentz also has taken over the team season goal-scoring lead, with 15. Freshman Kelsey Murray had two goals and four assists.

2014-03-25



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