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No. 19 Stanford Hosts No. 13 Northwestern
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/07/2004

April 7, 2004

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Stanford (7-4/4-0) vs. No. 13 Northwestern (7-1, 2-0) - 7:00 PM (PT)
Friday, April 9th - Maloney Field - Stanford, Calif.

THIS WEEK
The Cardinal only have one game on the schedule this week, but it should be a tough one as they welcome No. 13 ranked Northwestern to The Farm on Friday, April 9th. The game will be played at the cozy confines of Maloney Field and is slated to begin at 7:00 pm.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINAL
Stanford enters the weekend with a 7-4 overall record and a 4-0 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play ... The Cardinal will be the top seed in next month's MPSF Championship ... The Cardinal are coming off of a 15-12 overtime win over Cal. With the win, The Cardinal now own a 2-1 record this season in overtime games ... Junior midfielder Kelsey Twist was named the MPSF Player of the Week after scoring four goals in Stanford's win over the Bears ... Twist is the Cardinal's all-time leader in assists with 50, while also ranking tied for fourth on the career goals scored list with 95 ... Senior Abbi Hills leads the Cardinal in goals with 23. Hills ranks second on the program's all-time goals scored list with 105 ... The Cardinal rank 17th in the country in scoring defense with a 8.45 goals against average ... With a team-high 21 caused turnovers this season, senior defender Katie Grube is the Cardinal's all-time leader in that category with 99 ... Stanford owns a 1-0 all-time mark versus Northwestern. The Cardinal's lone win was a 9-5 victory, coming last season at Northwestern.

CARDINAL HOST WILDCATS IN GOLD GAME
This Friday's game versus the No. 13 ranked Northwestern Wildcats marks the women's lacrosse Gold Game. What is a Gold Game you ask? Each Stanford Varsity team has selected one game as their "Gold Game." This match represents the team's biggest rival and/or competition for which the team wants maximum support. Cardinal Council makes it our priority to promote for these games through the student-athletes, the general student body, the university academic and athletic administration and through the local alumni.

SENSATIONAL SAIKUS
Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus has registered 103 saves on the season and ranks eighth in the country in save percentage (.579) and 13th in goals against average (8.12). Her 20 saves versus Ohio State rank as the sixth highest single-game total this season.

SCOUTING THE NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS
The Wildcats head to The Farm with a 7-1 overall record and a No. 14 ranking in the latest IWLCA poll ... The Wildcats hail from the American Lacrosse Conference where they own a 2-0 record in league play ... Northwestern is coming off of a big 18-4 win over Connecticut. Freshman Kristen Kjellman scored a career-high eight goals in the win. She leads the Wildcats in goals with 25 ... The Wildcats own a 5-1 record on the road this season ... Northwestern returns 19 letterwinners, including 12 starters from last year's squad that posted an 8-8 record ... NU has out-scored its opponents 103-68 this season.

LAST TIME OUT
Stanford got goals from seven different players to defeat rival Cal, 15-12, in overtime at Maloney Field last weekend. With the win, Stanford improved to 7-4 on the season, while Cal slipped to 6-6 overall. Junior Kelsey Twist tallied four goals, while junior Nina Pantano, senior Abbi Hills, junior Claire Calzonetti, senior Kim Cahill and sophomore Sarah Bach each pitched in two goals apiece to lead the Cardinal to their second victory over the Bears this season. With the score tied 11-11 at the end of regulation, the Cardinal took control in overtime, scoring three straight goals in the first overtime period to take a commanding 14-11 lead. Sophomore Megan Burker assisted on the first two overtime scores, as the Cardinal went up on goals by Cahill and Bach. Cal and Stanford traded goals in the second overtime period, as Twist capped the victory with an unassisted goal with just :10 remaining in the contest.

STANFORD MPSF PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Two Stanford players have garnered Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week honors in senior Abbi Hills and junior Kelsey Twist. Hills was named the MPSF Player of the Week for her performance during the week of March 22-28th, while Twist earned the weekly honor the following week (29th-April 4th). Hills led Stanford to a 3-0 record and helped the Cardinal clinch the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MPSF women's lacrosse Championship. For the week, Hills scored an amazing 11 goals, including six in Stanford's big 16-5 win over Denver, which clinched the top seed in the MPSF Championship. Twisted turned in an all-around solid performance in the Cardinal's 15-12 overtime win over Cal, scoring four goals and adding an assist, while also registering six draw controls, three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

STANFORD'S UHLFELDER HONORED
Stanford University women's lacrosse Head Coach Michele Uhlfelder was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Uhlfelder, one of 11 inductees, was honored with a Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony on Saturday, January 31st at The Grand Lodge and Masonic Temple in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Each year, the Greater Baltimore Lacrosse Chapter inducts men and women who have made significant contributions to the game of lacrosse in the Baltimore area. Uhlfelder has strong ties to the area with the majority of her family still living there. She grew up in Baltimore and played lacrosse at Pikesville High School in Baltimore and at the University of Maryland, where she was selected a First Team All-American in 1991.

STANFORD GARNERS FIRST-EVER PRESEASON RANKING
The Stanford University women's lacrosse team earned the program's first-ever preseason national top 20 ranking, coming in at No. 14 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll and No. 19 in Lacrosse Magazine's annual preseason listings. Stanford is the only west coast school to ever earn a top 20 national ranking (preseason or regular season). The Cardinal, who return 18 letterwinners from last year's 14-4 team, captured its sixth consecutive league title in 2003 and finished the season ranked No. 15 in the final IWLCA poll.

THE UHLFELDER FILE
Michele Uhlfelder, entering her fourth season as the head coach at Stanford, has been a pioneer for the sport of lacrosse. In 2001, under Uhlfelder's guidance, Stanford became the first west coast university to ever garner a top 20 national ranking. Uhlfelder has built the Cardinal program into a top 20 team and has Stanford on the brink of earning its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. The Baltimore, MD native was also recently honored by being inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Uhlfelder isn't just attracting the best and the brightest student-athletes to The Farm, but has also assembled one of the best coaching staffs in the country. Last season, Uhlfelder's staff made history when they became the first lacrosse program ever to boast three World Cup players as coaches. As a player, Uhlfelder has participated in the game at the highest collegiate and international levels. She is a two-time member of the USA Women's National Team (1997, 2001) and was a key player on the 2001 U.S. squad that won a gold medal at the World Cup. She started all seven games and was the third highest scorer on the American team, ranking sixth among all scorers at the World Cup. Uhlfelder is still very much involved with the U.S. Lacrosse as she was chosen as a selector for the U-19 National team in 2003. She has also served as a coach at US Development camps from 2001-03.


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