Feb. 29, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 14 ranked Stanford University women's lacrosse team suffered its first defeat of the season, falling to No. 9 ranked Ohio State 10-9 in overtime at Maloney Field. The loss drops the Cardinal record to 3-1, while the Buckeyes improve to 1-0.
The Buckeyes got four goals from junior All-American Regina Oliver, including the game-winner, as Ohio State avenged an 11-10 defeat at the hands of the Cardinal in Columbus last season.
The two squads traded goals in the early going, with freshman attacker Michelle DeChant scoring the first two Cardinal goals. After taking a 3-2 lead, Stanford then conceded four-straight goals before sophomore attacker Megan Burker stemmed the tide with an unassisted score with 3:17 left in the first half. Ohio State answered with two quick goals to end the half, and entered the break with an 8-4 lead.
The Buckeyes started the second half aggressively, netting a score to push their lead to five goals. But the Cardinal defense clamped down and did not allow another Ohio State score for the remainder of the half. Stanford got goals from sophomore Sarah Bach, junior Claire Calzonetti and junior Kelsey Twist to move within striking distance, and when the Buckeyes were whistled for a foul with eight seconds remaining, junior Nina Pantano netted an unassisted goal to knot the score at nine.
"We talked at half time about different parts of the game, and in the second half we wanted to prove who we really are," said Head Coach Michele Uhlfelder. "Halftime gave us a chance to reset and find who we were. We wanted to come out in the second half and test ourselves and also test Ohio State."
The first overtime period was a defensive struggle as each squad managed only one shot on goal apiece. During the second three-minute overtime period, Ohio State's Oliver broke through and netted the game-winning score with just one minute remaining, beating senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus.
Saikus tied a career high with 20 saves on the night, falling one save short of the Stanford single-game standard set by former Cardinal goalkeeper Rachael Neumann in 2001.
Coach Uhlfelder was encouraged by what she saw from her team on Friday, stating "I was really happy with the effort that the team gave tonight. They elevated their level of play and we need to pick up where we left off tonight."
Stanford continues its season-high six-game homestand when the Cardinal square off against No. 17 ranked Notre Dame at noon on Sunday.
Ohio State- 10 Stanford- 9
Stanford Saves- Christina Saikus 20