Corinne Zanolli scored the first and last goal of No. 18 Stanford's 5-1 victory over host Massachusetts-Lowell on Thursday in the America East field hockey tournament quarterfinal round but it took the whole team to make it work.
"This was an incredible team effort," Cardinal coach Tara Danielson said. "We were really committed to the goal at hand and to the team."
Stanford (11-7) came out dominant in the first half, firing 16 shots at the UML (9-11) defense. Zanolli got the party started 10 minutes in when she a ball that tipped in for the 1-0 lead.
Sarah Johnson set up Katie Keyser and Kristina Bassi set up Emma Alderton for the next two goals and Phoebe Crosthwaite added a fourth on a reverse stick shot at the top of the circle to make it 4-0 headed into the break.
The River Hawks came out renewed in the second half, doubling their shot total from the first half forcing backup goalie Maddy Belin to make two quick saves out of the gate.
UML finally struck nearly 20 minutes into the period on a breakaway to make it 4-1. Frances Carstens set up the finale for Stanford with a ball across the circle that Corinne Zanolli finished to pull the score to its 5-1 final.
"The team today was dedicated to working for each other to ensure success for one another as noticed by our intensity," Danielson said. "Multiple players contributed to the result, showing the team's effort in working towards a united goal."
The Cardinal advances into Saturday's semifinal round and will meet the winner of Friday's quarterfinal between Maine and Pacific. Game time for Saturday is set for 11:30 a.m.