March 27, 2008
Stanford Lacrosse This Week:
Sat, Mar. 29- No. 10 Stanford vs. James Madison (3-5), 9:00 a.m. PST
MU Lacrosse Complex, Harrisonburg, Va
Stanford women's lacrosse will finish their two-game swing in Virginia by traveling to Harrisonburg and taking on the James Madison Dukes. The game will be played at James Madison University Sports Complex and will begin at 9:00 a.m. PST. The Cardinal dropped a 9-7 decision to William & Mary earlier in the week. The Dukes have played a lot of the top east coast competition and have close losses to Virginia, Maryland and Dartmouth.
On the Horizon:
After the match against James Madison, the Cardinal will head home for their final two home games of the season. They will first host Saint Mary's on Friday, Apr. 4 at 7:00 p.m. and will host Boston University on their senior night on Sunday, Apr. 6 at 1:00 p.m.
The Cardinal kicked off the 2008 season with a 14-6 victory over LeMoyne, a 2007 NCAA Tournament participant. The Cardinal only lead 4-3 at halftime, but scored 10 goals in the second half to break open a close game and coast to the eight-goal victory. The Cardinal then hosted Oregon, an MPSF rival who finished second in conference last season, and came away with an 8-7 victory. The Cardinal continued their strong play when they recorded a 13-7 victory over UC Davis on Wednesday night. Stanford played their first road contest of the season in Dallas against Duke, and was unable to upend the Devils, falling 16-9. After returning back to California, Stanford was unable to defeat the Golden Bears in Berkeley, Calif. by the score of 11-9. The Cardinal returned home the following weekend and upset the No. 10 ranked Notre Dame Irish by the score of 13-9. Stanford then continued their impressive run with two more wins against east coast schools. The Cardinal defeated Boston College 14-10 and then knocked off No. 6 Penn by the score of 10-8. Stanford has since dropped their last two contests to No. 3 Maryland and William & Mary. This leaves Stanford with a 6-4 record and a 2-1 mark in MPSF competition.
Still 10th in IWCLA Rankings:
The Cardinal has remained at the 10th spot in the national rankings after their loss to No. 3 Maryland last Saturday. Undefeated Northwestern remains at the No. 1 spot as they garnered all 20 of the first-place votes.
Four Goals for McClain:
Senior Megan McClain came up big against No. 10 Notre Dame when she scored four goals for the Cardinal, including three in the first half. McClain followed that performance up with a five-goal week against Boston College and No. 6 Penn. McClain now is second on the team with 15 goals on the season and has started every game this season.
Lindsay Showing Consistency:
Sophomore Dana Lindsay has been consistent in the eight games this season for the Cardinal by scoring two goals in the first two matches and adding two goals against No. 10 Notre Dame and three goals against Boston College. She now has 14 goals on the season, which is third on the team. The Cleveland Heights, OH native scored 12 goals as a freshman and has already eclipsed that mark in 2008.
Three in a Row?:
Senior Laura Shane is on her way to another All-American season, with 129 saves and a .568 save percentage through eight games. Shane recorded a season-high 17 saves against No. 3 Maryland in the 15-7 Cardinal defeat and 17 more in the victories over Boston College and Notre Dame. The two-time All-American has allowed just 9.80 goals per game and has played all 600 minutes in goal for the Cardinal on the year.
Shane on Tewaarton Watch List:
The Women's Selection Committee has named their preseason "watch list" and Stanford goalkeeper Laura Shane is one of the 50 players named. The players on this list were nominated by coaches across all three divisions and are early season hopefuls for the 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy sponsored by Warrior.
Third MPSF Player of the Week for Shane......:
Senior Laura Shane earned her third MPSF Player Of the Week for the week of Mar. 17-Mar. 24 after her strong game against No. 10 Notre Dame. Shane was previously named MPSF Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4- Feb. 10 for her 14 saves in Stanford's 8-7 victory over Oregon.
....And for Patterson:
Senior attack Daphne Patterson also earned her second MPSF Player of the Week for the week of Mar. 3-Mar. 9 after scoring three goals against Boston College and No. 6 Penn. Patterson also won the MPSF Player of the Week award during the first week of the season when the Cardinal defeated LeMoyne 14-6.
No Adjustment for K. Nesbitt:
Freshman Karen Nesbitt has adjusted to college lacrosse very nicely as she has scored eight goals and three assists on the season. Nesbitt, a native of Cincinnati, OH, had her best game of the season against Duke by finding the net twice and adding an assist against the third-ranked team in the country. She also scored another goal at California.
Schwab Nets Game-Winner:
Sophomore Amanda Schwab stepped up in a big way off the bench in the 8-7 victory over Oregon by scoring the game-winning goal for the Cardinal with 10:37 left. Schwab played in seven games off the bench as a freshman and scored six goals in her playing time.
If You Give......:
Sophomore Claire Hubbard helped get everyone involved by dishing out three assists in the game against Oregon. Hubbard appeared in 13 games last season, all off the bench, scored three goals, and dished out two assists. Hubbard now has a team-leading 11 assists through 10 games.
....Then You Shall Receive:
Hubbard continued her strong season by scoring three goals in the victory over UC Davis. Hubbard now third on the team in points with 19, scoring eight goals and adding 11 assists.
Into the Record Books:
Senior Daphne Patterson got her 2008 season started off quickly by scoring six goals in the victory over LeMoyne. Five of those goals were scored in the second half and her six goals for the game tied the school-record for goals in a game. Patterson is coming off of a 33-goal junior season and will lead the attack for the Cardinal in 2008, she has 23 goals on the season.
Strong Senior Class:
The Cardinal is led by a strong senior class that returns the team's leading scorer last season in Daphne Patterson and IWLCA All-American goalkeeper Laura Shane. Patterson, an All-MPSF selection, finished with 33 goals last season and Shane recorded 190 saves last season, to go along with a .534 save percentage. The Cardinal also returns sophomore midfielder Lauren Schmidt, who was another All-MPSF selection in 2007 after scoring 25 goals in her rookie season. Third leading scorer, Megan McClain, also returns to the team after her 24-goal junior campaign.
Scouting James Madison:
James Madison is led by Annie Wagner, who has 20 goals on the season in the Duke's eight games. Second leading scorer Julie Stone has 15 goals on the season to lead the high-powered James Madison attack. The Duke's will trot out Kelly Wetzel in goal and has a .465 save percentage on the season and allows 10.65 goals per game.