STANFORD, Calif. – Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) matched her career high of 12 saves, but the 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team was defeated 5-1 by 12th-ranked Stanford University in Friday night's non-conference game at Varsity Turf.
UNH is now 0-3 on the season while Stanford won its second consecutive game to improve to 2-1.
Tarbell, who also tallied 12 saves in the season opener against second-ranked University of Maryland, recorded 11 of Friday night's 12 saves in the first half. Cardinal goalkeeper Dulcie Davies was credited with three saves.
Stanford's offense was led by Kelsey Harbin (two goals, one assist) and Elise Ogle (two assists). Hop Burke, Courtney Haldeman and Fran Tew scored the other goals.
Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) gave the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead when she dribbled through the defense and fired a shot inside the lower-right cage at 1:21. Flatley has recorded a point every game this season for a total of eight points (3g, 2a).
Neither team recorded another shot until the 'Cats once again tested Davies in the eighth minute, but this time the Stanford goalie turned aside the shot off the stick of Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.).
Stanford began to gain momentum in the 11th minute when Haldeman was denied by Tarbell. The home team earned a penalty corner 30 seconds later, however, and Harbin's shot was blocked by Tarbell, who also stoned Tew off the rebound.
Moments later, the Cardinal generated consecutive corners, the second of which produced a shot by Jessica Chisholm that Tarbell steered aside. Stanford continued to pressure and Haldeman was once again stymied by Tarbell at 12:30.
Both defenses were stout the next 12 minutes, then Stanford converted a corner into a goal to tie the score, 1-1, at 25:32. Tarbell made the initial save against Harbin, but Tew scored off the rebound.
UNH recorded its third shot of the half, but Davies stopped Joyce to keep the score deadlocked.
The Cardinal was awarded a penalty corner with 30 seconds remaining, and it led to a total of five consecutive untimed corners at half's end. On the second corner, Tarbell thwarted Burke's bid and then Anna Simmons' shot off the rebound was blocked by the Wildcats' defense. Tarbell then recorded saves against both Harbin and Burke on the third corner. The Cardinal did not record a shot on the next two corners to send the teams tied 1-1 heading into halftime.
New Hampshire threatened first in the second half with its initial penalty corner of the game at 38:26, but the hard drive by Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was stopped by Davies. UNH was outshot 6-1 the rest of the game.
Stanford took its first lead of the game, 2-1, when Burke scored on a penalty corner at 43:20. Haldeman converted Ogle's pass into a goal and 3-1 advantage at 51:42, which prompted UNH to call time out.
Harbin scored goals 8:06 apart to extend the cushion to 5-1. She struck first at 55:54 on a perfectly-executive corner from Ogle and Madde Secco, then scored on a penalty stroke at 64:00.
UNH generated a corner with 2:14 remaining, but the shot by Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) went wide of the cage.
Stanford finished with a 19-5 edge in shots and 13-2 advantage in penalty corners.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 8 against the University of the Pacific. Game time at Stanford University's Varsity Turf is 2 p.m. (Eastern). The Wildcats' home opener is Sept. 13 (7 p.m.) against Providence College.