Despite a career-best 10 saves by Kelsey Bing, No. 13 Stanford field hockey was unable to hold No. 4 UConn at bay and fell 2-0 to open the season Friday afternoon at the Sherman Complex.
The Huskies (1-0) set the tone early on in the game, putting 12 shots on the Cardinal defense in the first half to Stanford's (0-1) three.
On offense, Kristina Bassi led the way for Stanford with three of the Cardinal's four shots, though the Husky offensive assault continued in the second half with 10 more UConn shots. The Huskies also retained control throughout the game, securing 11 penalty corners.
UConn was finally able to break the stalemate in the 47th minute as Casey Umstead was awarded a penalty stroke that she converted to make it 1-0.
Another penalty corner set up the second Husky goal in the 58th minute as the initial shot was blocked only to have the rebound find Margot Colenbrander, who added the insurance goal.
The Cardinal returns to action Saturday against No. 14 Northwestern.