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No. 20 Stanford Travels To Take On Loyola
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/21/2005

April 21, 2005

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Stanford (9-5/5-0) at Loyola (4-8) - 1:00 PM (ET)
April 23rd - Diane Geppi-Aikens Field - Baltimore, MD
Audio Broadcast: Listen Live

The Stanford University women's lacrosse team travels to Baltimore for a non-conference clash with the Loyola Greyhounds on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinal are currently riding a three-game winning streak, and received a No. 20 national ranking from Inside Lacrosse magazine on Monday. Stanford is coming off of a big weekend in which the team defeated Yale and wrapped up the top seed at the MPSF Championship tournament with a win over Denver on Sunday.

Junior Sarah Bach was named as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week on Tuesday after leading the Cardinal to two victories in the team's final home stand of the season last weekend. The Baltimore native tallied two goals in Friday's win over Yale, lifting the Cardinal to a 9-8 victory with an unassisted score with just 55 seconds remaining in the contest. She added two ground balls and two draw controls as Stanford recorded its first victory over a ranked team this season. Bach continued her torrid scoring pace on Sunday, scoring three goals and assisting on another tally as Stanford knocked off Denver 17-14. For the weekend, Bach scored five goals, collected three ground balls, four draw controls, and one assist. It is the second MPSF Player of the Week honor for Bach this season, who earned conference recognition on February 21st after leading the Cardinal to three wins to begin the campaign.

When Stanford travels to Baltimore this weekend, the squad should feel right at home as five players list Baltimore as their hometown and 12 of the 25 players on the Cardinal roster hail from the state of Maryland. Senior Kelsey Twist, Juniors Sarah Bach, Megan Burker, and Kinsey Morrison, and freshman Laura Shane all call the Charm City home. Head coach Michele Uhlfelder is also from Baltimore, and was selected to the eighth class of inductees to the Baltimore chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame last year.

Fans of Stanford Lacrosse can catch all the action in Saturday's game via an audio broadcast at Eric Rhew will handle the play-by-play duties, while former Loyola All-American Suzanne Eyler will provide color commentary. The broadcast is slated to begin approximately 15 minutes before game time.

Stanford closed out its home slate with a pair of victories at Maloney Field last weekend. The Cardinal posted its first win over a ranked opponent this season on Friday, edging No. 19 ranked Yale 9-8. Stanford jumped out of the gate in the first half, building a 5-1 lead before the Bulldogs scored twice to close the gap at 5-3 before half time. Yale built an 8-6 lead late in the second period, but the Cardinal got two goals from freshman Daphne Patterson before Sarah Bach tallied an unassisted goal with 55 seconds remaining in the contest to seal the victory. Freshman Megan McClain assisted on four Cardinal goals in the game, which ties for the second highest single-game assist total in program history. Stanford closed out its fifth straight undefeated regular season conference campaign on Sunday, handing Denver a 17-14 defeat to improve to 5-0 in MPSF play. Sophomore Michelle DeChant scored a career-high five goals, including four first half scores to lead the Cardinal to victory. Juniors Megan Burker and Sarah Bach recorded hat tricks, and freshman goalkeeper Laura Shane stopped 14 Denver shots in Sunday's win.

Loyola enters the weekend with a 4-8 record after posting a 16-12 victory over No. 15 ranked Penn on Wednesday afternoon. Kate McHarg scored a career-high seven goals in the win over the Quakers and currently leads the team with 38 scores on the season. Sydney Greene ranks second on the squad with 23 goals, while Maura Kenny has tallied 22 scores. Rachel Shuck has assisted on 27 goals so far this season, and currently leads the team with 41 points. Kim Lawton and Cindy Nicolaus have split time in goal for the Greyhounds this season. The Greyhounds have posted a 2-0 all-time mark against the Cardinal, including last year's 16-8 victory at Stanford.

Several Cardinal players are making their impact felt in the Stanford record books with productive seasons. Senior Kelsey Twist scored her 14th goal of the season on Sunday, giving her 113 career scores and putting her in sole possession of second place on the Stanford career scoring chart. Twist is also the Cardinal career leader with 68 career assists and 151 career draw controls. Senior Nina Pantano reached the 100-goal milestone on Sunday, and moved into fifth place on the Stanford career list. Freshman goalkeeper Laura Shane collected her 163rd save of the season against Denver, moving her into fourth place on the Cardinal single-season save chart.

Stanford improved to 5-0 in conference play this season with Sunday's win over Denver, marking the fifth straight year that the Cardinal have gone undefeated in regular season conference play. Stanford has not lost a regular season conference contest since MPSF play began last season, posting a 9-0 record and a 10-1 mark including MPSF tournament games. Stanford was also undefeated in the Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League, which was the precursor to the MPSF. In two seasons of MPLL play in 2002 and 2003, Stanford recorded an 18-0 mark and collected two league championships. The program has not lost a regular season conference game since the 2000 season, when the squad fell to Cal by an 8-7 score in the season finale before going on to win the Western Women's Lacrosse League title for the third straight year. The Cardinal are currently in the midst of a 31-game winning streak in regular season conference contests, including games played in the WWLL, MPLL, and MPSF leagues.

Goalkeeper Laura Shane was named as the MPSF Co-Player of the Week along with Cal's Liz Reifsnyder on April 11th. Shane continued to be a rock in the Stanford defense the previous weekend, as the Cardinal went 1-1 against No. 1 ranked Northwestern and Notre Dame. The freshman entered the week as the nation's leader with a .595 save percentage, and turned in another double-digit save performance against the top-ranked Wildcats, turning away 10 Northwestern shots. Shane continued to excel against Notre Dame that Sunday, leading the Cardinal to a 6-5 victory. The Irish out-shot Stanford by a 26-19 margin, but Shane led the Cardinal defense with 14 saves. For the weekend, the Baltimore native made 24 saves and collected five ground balls.

Michele Uhlfelder, entering her fifth 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. 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. 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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