After five consecutive victories in the series, Stanford lost in overtime to California, 1-0, in a Pac-12 Conference women's soccer regular season finale on Wednesday night before 1,455 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Nationally No. 10 Stanford (13-5-1 overall, 6-5 Pac-12) hit the goalpost four times and outshot the Golden Bears, 27-11. However, Cal (11-4-5, 4-4-3) found an opening on a counterattack and Rachel Mercik took advantage by heading in the winner at 98:08.
It's hard to believe that Stanford now has lost four of its past five matches at home. Before that, it had been 2007. However, the Cardinal did put on a spirited performance that wasn't indicative in the final score.
Maddie Bauer, a season-long freshman starter in central defense, was solid once again in controlling the flow of the Stanford offense and playing sound mistake-free soccer.
"For a freshman, she's the best one I've seen all year," Ratcliffe said. "She's putting in unbelievable performances. Tonight, once again, she's so solid, against a strong Cal team. She looked like a senior.
"Good decision-making, composed, leader. She's done so much for our team and I'm excited about the next few years with her."
Stanford is expected to receive an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament and could play host to a first-round match on Friday, Nov. 15. The 64-team tournament field will be announced Monday at 1:30 p.m. on ncaa.com.
"Hopefully, we can bounce back and approach the playoffs with a hunger," Ratcliffe said. "It might be good for this squad. That's what they need, I think. It's a younger team that needs some challenges to grow."
On the eve of the 16th annual NorPac Tournament in Lynchburg, Va., Stanford was well-represented at the awards banquet with five members earning all-conference honors.
Among the highlights: Kelsey Harbin being named Player of the Year, Hope Burke earning the Sheryl Johnson Academic Excellence Award and Tara Danielson claiming her third consecutive Coach of the Year honor.
Harbin's selection as the West Division Player of the Year represents the sixth consecutive season a Cardinal player has received the award (Camille Gandhi in 2008, Xanthe Travlos in 2009 and 2010, Becky Dru in 2011 and 2012).
It is the second league honor of Harbin's career after earning the Defensive Player of the Year award last season. Harbin anchored the Stanford defense that allowed just 16 goals in 18 games, blanking nine of 18 opponents. She was second on the team with 18 points on six goals and six assists.
Harbin also earned a spot on the all-conference list, joining teammates Maddie Secco, Alex McCawley and Burke.
Danielson was named Coach of the Year for the third straight season after leading Stanford to its fifth consecutive NorPac regular season title and a No. 6 national ranking -- matching a program-best.
The Cardinal is 62-21 overall under Danielson and 22-2 in conference play over the past four seasons.
Burke was recognized on the nine-member All-Academic team for the second straight year and earned the Sheryl Johnson Academic Excellence Award.
Stanford aims for its sixth tournament championship in the past seven seasons when the NorPac Tournament begins Thursday on the campus of Liberty University. The Cardinal plays Davidson at 1 p.m. PT in its first-round match.
Six of the last seven NorPac Championship title games have resulted in a Stanford-Cal match, with the Cardinal taking four of those contests. Stanford saw Liberty in the title round last year, winning 3-0.
Nationally No. 5 Stanford took on third-ranked Cal in an unscored triple-distance meet Wednesday at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Swimmers were divided into specialty groups and competed with one another in three races to determine a specialty champion in each of swimming's six event domains: sprint (50, 100, 200 free), distance (200, 500, 1,000 free), fly (50, 100, 200), breast (50, 100, 200), back (50, 100, 200) and individual medley (100, 200, 400).
Sacred Heart Prep grad Tom Kremer of Stanford was third in the 50 fly (22.45), second in the 100 (49.55) and won the 200 edition in 1:47.64.
Stanford's David Nolan won the 50 back (22.60) and took third in the 100 (50.26) behind teammate Ryan Arata (50.22). Nolan (1:49.29) was second in the 200 in front of Arata (1:49.49).
In the breast events, Stanford's Christian Brown (26.21) was second in the 50 with Mason Shaw (26.36) touching third. Brown won the 100 in 57.05. Shaw was second in the 200 at 2:04.87.
Fifth-place Connor Black (20.83) was Stanford's highest finisher in the 50 free.
Cardinal Max Williamson held his own by going 52.39 in the 100 IM for third and claimed silver in the 200 (1:50.09) and 400 (3:51.60).
Stanford's Danny Thomson checked in with a 1:41.93 for second in the 200 free. Justin Buck was second in the 500 (4:30.52) and 1,000 (9:09.93).
Stanford closed the meet by going 1:30.80 in the 200 medley relay for second and 1:23.60 in the 200 free relay for third.
Next up for Stanford is a trip to Las Vegas for the UNLV Invite (Nov. 21-23).