Marissa Cicione and Frances Carstens each had a goal and an assist to lead the No. 18 Stanford field hockey team to a 4-1 win over New Hampshire in the America East Conference championship match at Massachusetts-Lowell on Sunday.
The Cardinal (13-7) successfully defended its conference title and advances into its fourth straight NCAA tournament.
The first strike came off a corner that Katie Keyser set for Carstens, who passed a perfect ball for Corinne Zanolli to finish. Cicione struck next on a breakaway, beating three Wildcat defenders and the goalkeeper for a shot to the back right of the cage.
Stanford refused to leave the Wildcats defensive end in the half as tournament MVP Sarah Helgeson sent a pass across the circle that Carstens put perfectly on frame to make it 3-0.
Jessica Welch also added her first goal of the season on a scrappy play by the cage. Cicione tapped a ball across that Welch finished to make it 4-0 at the half.
Stanford will learn of its postseason fate later Sunday.