DAVIS, Calif. — UC Davis put the pressure on early with a shot by junior forward Lauren Gengarella taking an unfortunate bounce off the post within the first two minutes of play. But after trailing the Cardinal 0-1 at halftime, two more scores in the second would prove too much to overcome for the Aggies, lifting No. 21 Stanford to a 3-0 victory over UC Davis on Wednesday afternoon at the Aggie Field Hockey Facility.
The Aggies fell to 6-12 on the season and 0-6 in America East play. The Cardinal improved to 13-4 overall with a 5-0 league mark.
The Aggie offense got off to a strong start on Wednesday afternoon, with Gengarella's shot missing just shy and bouncing off the left post at the 1:42 mark. Junior goalkeeper Chelsea Bigelow kept the Aggies within striking distance after the Cardinal took a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute, logging three saves before the end of the first.
UC Davis threatened once again in the opening minutes of the second half, drawing back-to-back corners and forcing a pair of saves by Stanford goalkeeper Kelsey Bing. But two more Stanford goals in the 43rd and 45th marks would swing momentum back in favor of the Cardinal, resulting in a 0-3 loss for the Aggies.
Bigelow would add two more saves in the second half for a total of five saves on the afternoon.
With the regular season now in the books, the Aggies will set their sights on the America East Championship Tournament to be hosted in Stanford, Calif. on Nov. 1-4.
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