Oregon goalkeeper Rachel Hall doesn’t mind facing a lot of shots.
“It keeps me ready and in the game,” the freshman said.
Stanford never gave Hall a break with 47 shots on goal during a 17-6 win over Oregon in the first round of the Pac-12 lacrosse tournament Thursday night in front of 685 at Papé Field. Hall had a school-record 21 saves in the loss.
“To see 29 shots in the first half and come away with 16 saves, Rachel did her job,” first-year Oregon coach Chelsea Gamble said. “I wish we would have complimented her more as a team.”
Lillian Stump opened the game by scoring on a free-position shot for Oregon, but the Cardinal followed with eight of the next nine goals and led by at least five the rest of the way.
“That first goal was electric,” Stump said. “It made us realize that this was our time to take them down, but unfortunately that did not end up happening.”
The third-seeded Cardinal (13-4) advanced to face Colorado in the semifinals Friday night while Oregon’s season ended at 3-15.
Katherine Gjertsen had four goals on seven shots to pace the Cardinal, and Ali Baiocco had a goal and four assists.
“The majority of our goals were assisted so even though I had four goals, it was the assists that opened it up,” Gjertsen said. “We got a lot of different looks from up top, on the wing and from behind.”
Stanford controlled the opening minutes and missed the first three shots of the game before Stump score at the 25:59 mark. The Cardinal answered less than three minutes later when Baiocco scored to tie the game.
Galen Lew scored on a breakaway to put the Cardinal ahead with 19:52 to go in the first half and Mikaela Watson added a goal two minutes later to put the Cardinal up 3-1. Lew assisted Gjertsen in front of the net for a goal that stretched the lead to 4-1.
“I thought their goalie was playing phenomenal so I encouraged our team to keep shooting,” Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. “I thought we were getting some really good looks and so eventually they would fall. We wanted them to go hard and get shots off and be persistent in what we were doing.”
Shannon Williams added free-position goal to get Oregon within 4-2, but the Cardinal followed with back-to-back goals from Caitlin Chicoski before Watson scored to push the Cardinal ahead 7-2. Genesis Lucero added a goal to put Stanford up 8-2 before Stump scored for the Ducks.
Monika Sivilli added a goal with 1:28 left before halftime and Gjertsen score in the final minute to put the Cardinal up 10-3 at the break. Gjertsen opened the second half with back-to-back goals to stretch the margin to 12-3 before Claire Domshick scored for the Ducks.
Stump scored on all three of her shots for the Ducks, who took 13 shots.
“We got away from our game plan when we got down a bit,” Gamble said. “We got tight and didn’t really rely on our ball movement on offense. We are fortunate to have a lot of threats, but we started to feel like one person could do it all or one goal was going to catch us up by 10. Toward the end, I wish we would have calmed down a bit more.”
The Ducks had 25 turnovers compared to 10 for Stanford.
“We knew going in that we would have to limit our turnovers and we did not do that,” Gamble said. “They take advantage of every error we make and that is what good teams do. I think they have an opportunity to make a good run in the tournament.”
California 12, Arizona State 8: Kirsten Swanson scored four goals to lead the fourth-seeded Golden Bears. Caroline Corzel and Marisa Kuberra each added two goals for Cal, which advanced to face top-seeded USC in the semifinals Friday at 4:30 p.m. Nikki Zaccaro had two assists for Cal. ASU’s Taylor Carson tied the match 3-3 in the first period before the Bears followed with three straight goals to take a 6-3 lead at halftime. Kylie Kroeger scored with 7:06 left to play to get ASU within 9-8 before Swanson scored back-to-back goals and Corzel added the final goal of the night. Carson and Kaylon Buckner each scored two goals for Arizona State