Cardinal women ousted from NCAA field hockey

Stanford's field hockey team bowed out of the NCAA tournament Wednesday, losing to Miami, 2-1. Photo by Lyndsay Radnedge/

Miami scored in the final two minutes to edge host Stanford, 2-1, in the opening round of the NCAA Field Hockey tournament Wednesday.

Stanford (13-8) opened the scoring midway through the first half but the RedHawks responded eight minutes later.

Kristina Bassi/Mike Rasay
Frances Carstens laid a perfect pass across the circle that Kristina Bassi one-touched into the bottom left corner for her career-best 12th goal to give the Cardinal the early advantage.

Miami's Paula Portugal, who scored twice, evened things in the 33rd minute as Henni Otten pushed a ball through traffic where Portugal backhanded it into the far left corner.

The RedHawks took control in the second half, crushing nine shots to Stanford's two while being awarded eight corners to the Cardinal's one.

Kelsey Bing was instrumental in keeping the Cardinal within range, recording five of her seven saves in the second half.

Portugal scored again with under two minutues to play, using flashy stick work to battle past three Stanford defenders and pound a shot into the left side of the goal, past a diving Bing.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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