May 4, 2010
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford women's lacrosse team will host an NCAA play-in game this Saturday, May 8, at 1 p.m. The Cardinal will take on Massachusetts at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium with the winner advancing to the NCAA field consisting of 16 teams. The Cardinal qualified for the play-in game by winning the MPSF tournament, while UMass qualified by winning the Atlantic-10 tournament.
This will be the first-ever matchup between Stanford and UMass in women's lacrosse. The Cardinal enters the game Saturday ranked No. 15 in the nation, while UMass is unranked. The Cardinal has an RPI of 14, while the Minutewomen has an RPI is 34.
Stanford has not participated in the NCAA tournament since 2006, when it lost a first-round matchup to Northwestern. UMass is playing in its fifth NCAA tournament and was the NCAA women's lacrosse champion in 1982.
The Cardinal is coming off an eventful MPSF tournament where it won three games in four days. Stanford opened with a 16-1 win over Fresno State, before struggling to a 9-7 win over California. Stanford had 43 shots against the Golden Bears, but managed just the nine goals. In the final, the Cardinal went to overtime against Denver and fell behind by a goal. However, Stanford battled back with a Lauren Schmidt goal to force sudden death. Karen Nesbitt won it in the sudden death overtime with just five seconds remaining despite the Cardinal being down two players.
Stanford is now 14-5 on the season, including wins over three ranked teams (Hofstra, Ohio State, Vanderbilt). Dana Lindsay leads the Cardinal in goals with 39, while Sarah Flynn has 38. Schmidt leads Stanford in points with 53. She has scored 33 goals and contributed 20 assists. Last weekend at the MPSF tournament, Schmidt was named conference player of the year for the second consecutive season. Leading Stanford in assists is Claire Hubbard with 39. Hubbard now has the Stanford record with 86.
In the goal, Annie Read has started 18 games, compiling a 14-4 record. She has made 176 saves and is averaging just 9.25 goals per game this year. She is helped out defensively by Eleanor Foote, who leads the team with 36 ground balls and Paige Farmakis who is second on Stanford with 25 caused turnovers.
If the Cardinal wins Saturday's play-in game, stay tuned to gostanford.com for the NCAA selection show on Sunday, May 9, at 8 p.m. Stanford will be placed in the 16-team field and will likely head out on the road for a first round matchup.