Senior Marissa Cicione scored a career-high two goals and paved the way for the 13th-ranked Stanford field hockey team in a 3-1 victory over visiting Massachusetts on Sunday.
The Cardinal (2-2) have a quick turnaround, hosting Harvard at 1 p.m. Monday (Pac-12 Networks).
Stanford wasted no time in attacking the UMass defense. Emma Christus sent a pass across the circle in the second minute of play that Cicione deftly guided into the back left corner of the cage.
The Minutewomen (2-2) had an 11-1 advantage in penalty corners in the game but the Cardinal made its one count. In the 10th minute, Sarah Johnson inserted the corner from Katie Keyser to set up Corinne Zanolli, who whipped it into the top shelf of the net.
Kelsey Bing kept the Minutewomen attack at bay with six saves before she was replaced by Maddy Belin halfway through the second half.
Stanford turned an incredible play that saw Keyser lay out to stop a ball from going out, to set up Cicione, who crossed it to Zanolli.
The UMass goalie was able to stop the first shot, but the rebound bounced the way of Cicione and she finished with a shot to the right corner.
Belin faced a tough test in the cage for the Cardinal as the Minutewomen were finally able to find the back of the net with a cross from the right side of the turf that a one-touch shot gave UMass its only goal of the game.