April 17, 2001
Stanford, CA - The Cardinal, ranked 20th by the IWLCA, begins this week's games with a trip to Moraga to take on WWLL rival St. Mary's. The team's meet Wednesday, April 18th at 4pm (PT) at St. Mary's Stadium. Back in February, Stanford captured a 9-8 win over the Gaels at home, with senior tri-captain Katharine Barnes (Northhampton, MA/Deerfield Academy) recording a hat trick. Following the game at Moraga, the Cardinal travels to the East Coast to close out the regular season before heading into the WWLL Playoffs. On Saturday, April 21st, they face the University of New Hampshire at 1pm (ET), then on Sunday, April 22nd, they match up against Boston College at 1pm (ET).
The month of April has been an offensive hailstorm with two big wins over WWLL foes California and UC Davis, leaving the Cardinal undefeated in conference play. Last weekend, Stanford traveled up to Davis to deliver their second victory this season over the Aggies, 7-4. Leading the team was junior tri-captain Caroline Osterwise (Villanova, PA/Harriton HS) with 3 goals and 3 groundballs, while sophomore Lauren Dietrich (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights HS) finished with 2 goals and 1 assist Starting goalkeeper Rachael Neumann (Woodbury, NY/Syosset HS) tallied 6 saves in goal and finished with a .600 save percentage.
The previous week, on April 7th, Stanford closed out its home-season with a 13-10 win over California, marking the third straight win over the Golden Bears. Sophomore Addie Strumolo (Norfolk, CT/Taft School) and freshman Abbi Hills (Lakewood, CO/Colorado Academy) led the team with 3 goals a piece and sophomore Liz Lanese (St. Louis, MO/Mary Institute & St. Louis CDS) added 2 goals and 3 assists. Sophomore Rachael Neumann started for the Cardinal and recorded 13 saves in goal and freshman Sara Shamos (Denver, CO/Colorado Academy), in her sixth appearance off the bench this season, came in and tallied 2 saves.
Leading the Way
Making their mark for the team this season, several players have helped the Cardinal to receive its first ever national ranking. At the top, Barnes has 31 goals and 28 draw controls and Lanese has recorded 26 goals. Barnes also leads the career record book with 131 goals. Strumolo and freshman Noor Dawood (Hudson, OH/Western Reserve Academy) each have 11 assists. Osterwise leads with 33 groundballs and 30 caused turnovers and junior Emily Rodriguez (Annapolis, MD/Severn School) has tallied 15 draw controls. Osterwise and Rodriguez are each No. 1's with 58 career caused turnovers and 37 career draw controls, respectively.