Stanford stays hot in field hockey home opener


Freshman Corinne Zanolli scored twice to help the 13th-ranked Stanford field hockey team edge visiting Iowa, 3-2, in a nonconference contest Friday night.

The Hawkeyes (0-3) scored in the fourth minute of play to put pressure on the Cardinal (1-2) as Mallory Lefkowitz moved across the middle before dropping a ball into the bottom right corner of the cage.

Corinne Zanolli.
Both goalkeepers posting two saves in the first half and Stanford evened the game in the 34th minute. A penalty corner set up Sarah Johnson and Katie Keyser for the assists as Zanolli burned one past the Hawkeye defense.

Stanford re-branded itself for the second half, becoming more aggressive and maintaining possession and control throughout. The Cardinal doubled its shot output from the first half with seven. Kaylie Mings put the Cardinal ahead in the 39th minute, flicking a shot high over the Iowa goalie to make it 2-1.

A flurry of shots after a penalty corner would fall the way of the Hawkeyes as a rebound found Lefkowitz again that she knocked into the bottom right corner.

Zanolli took control again with six of Stanford's 10 shots on the night. Marissa Cicione made an incredible steal and pass through the middle of the circle that the freshman lit up for the game-winning goal.

Stanford hosts No. 22 UMass at noon Sunday.

— Stanford Athletics

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