April 4, 2006
The Cardinal women's lacrosse team will host the Western States Lacrosse Tournament this weekend followed by a match with the UC Davis Aggies on Monday night. The match with the Aggies marks the fourth of five MPSF conference matches for the Cardinal and the first between the two teams this season. The original contest with the Aggies was rescheduled after field conditions prohibited play on March 3. The match is the last home event for the Cardinal and the last for six Stanford seniors who will be honored prior to the game. First draw on Monday night is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PST) at Maloney Field.
ON THE HORIZON
Stanford has four more regular-season matches after Monday night. On April 15, the Cardinal will travel to the University of Denver to finish up regular-season conference play. The squad then makes two late-April trips to the East Coast, facing Loyola on April 22, Connecticut on April 28 and No. 12 Cornell on April 30. The Cardinal is a combined 2-8 against the three schools and will be looking for its first-ever victory against UConn.
SO FAR THIS SEASON
The Cardinal has played ten matches in 2006 and carries an even 5-5 overall record with a 2-1 mark in conference play. In the MPSF, Stanford handled Oregon and Saint Mary's easily, winning by an average of 10 goals. Also in the MPSF, the Cardinal fell to Bay Area rival Cal, 9-6. In non-conference action, Stanford is 3-4. On February 24, Stanford bested Ohio State 17-9 behind the five-goal performances of Michelle DeChant and Megan Burker. Two days later, the Cardinal fell in a double-overtime heartbreaker to then-No. 17 Notre Dame, 12-11 despite a season-high 21 saves from goalkeeper Laura Shane. The next week, however, the Cardinal rallied to capture its biggest win so far this season, knocking out Vanderbilt, a program then-ranked 12th in the IWLCA poll. The Cardinal earned another non-conference win on March 11, taking down Columbia for the first time in history. On March 25, the squad was overwhelmed by the top-ranked Northwestern Wildcats, suffering a 19-8 defeat despite a six-goal first half. Last weekend, in the team's first road trip, Stanford fell to No. 15 Dartmouth, 13-9, and No. 5 North Carolina, 12-5, despite a combined 38 saves by sophomore goalkeeper Laura Shane. Overall in 2006, the Cardinal has outscored opponents 120-103.
PATTERSON EMERGES AS TOP-SCORER
Sophomore Daphne Patterson has made a dramatic impact for the Cardinal since arriving on the Farm last year. As a freshman, Patterson scored 21 goals, fourth best on the squad. This year, Patterson is the Cardinal's leading scorer with 22 goals in just ten games. She has scored on six of nine of free position shots, a rate which stands second only to Anna Brown's perfect 3-3 mark. The New York, NY native has scored in nine of ten matches and registered six multiple-goal performances, three hat tricks and two four-goal games.
SHANE NAMED TO TEWAARATON WATCH LIST
Sophomore goalkeeper Laura Shane has been named to the elite Tewaaraton Watch List as announced by the Tewaaraton Award Foundation last week. The nomination puts Shane in the running for this year's Tewaaraton Trophy, which honors the top female and male varsity collegiate lacrosse player in the United States. The Trophy is referred to as the lacrosse equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Shane has 124 saves this season, a .554 save percentage and a 10.32 goals-against average in the ten games so far.
The six Cardinal seniors who will play their last home match on Monday have been instrumental to the squad this season. As a group, the senior class has been responsible for nearly a third of Cardinal goals, 44 percent of Cardinal assists and 46 percent of total Cardinal points. On the defensive end, the seniors have gathered 57 ground balls, caused 27 turnovers and won 50 draw controls. The class of 2006, which includes attacker Megan Burker, attacker Sarah Bach, midfielder Nyerr Parham, defender Kinsey Morrison, defender Thea Lorentzen and goalkeeper Kate Horowitz, will be honored as part of Monday's Senior Night.
Entering their final match at Maloney Field, Cardinal seniors Sarah Bach and Megan Burker have already made their marks on the Stanford career charts. Burker, who is now one of just three players in history to appear in the top-10 in every career category, stands third in career goals scored (117), just two shy of Kelsey Twist's second place mark. Bach, last season's leading scorer, remains eighth on the list with 85 career goals. In the assists category, Burker's 58 are now just 12 shy of a Cardinal best. Bach's 33 assists put her sixth on the career chart. The duo also stands third and seventh in shots with 281 (Burker) and 181 (Bach). In the draw control column, Burker's 26 already this season advance her to second with 95 while her 47 caused turnovers rank ninth in Cardinal history. Both seniors also appear ranked in free position shots on goal (third and sixth), ground balls (second and seventh) and games played (t-seventh). Goalkeeper Laura Shane also continues her ascent in the career save column. Ten games into her sophomore year, Shane has 328 saves, third best in a Cardinal keeper's career.
PANTANO RETURNS TO THE FARM
Former Cardinal standout Nina Pantano will return to the Stanford campus on Monday in her first season as an assistant coach for UC Davis. In her 72 games on the Farm, Pantano netted 107 goals for the Cardinal, fifth best in program history. Additionally, she contributed 21 assists and won 53 draw controls. Her career high in scoring came against none other than UC Davis in 2003, with five goals against the Aggies in the first round of the MPSF Tournament. The Wayne, Pa. native graduated from Stanford in 2005.
After ten games, the Cardinal is ranked in the top-50 nationally in three categories. Stanford averages 12.0 goals per game, the 22nd highest scoring offense in the nation. The team's 1.7 goal scoring margin is 26th best in the NCAA, while its .500 winning percentage ranks 35th. Goalkeeper Laura Shane stands fifth in the nation with a .554 save percentage. Additionally, her 22 saves against North Carolina this weekend ties for the top single-game mark in the NCAA. Senior Megan Burker also appears in the individual national rankings. She is 35th with 2.6 draw controls per game and her eight points against Ohio State on February 24 ties for 16th in single-game points.
THE SERIES WITH UC DAVIS
Stanford has faced the Aggies of UC Davis twenty times in program history, second most of any collegiate opponent. The Cardinal has dominated the series 17-3 and has won the last 11 meetings. Last season, Stanford bested the Aggies twice, by an average of seven goals each time. Early in the season, the Cardinal earned an 11-4 win on the road, behind the multiple-goal performances of Nyerr Parham and Sarah Bach. The teams faced off a second time in the MPSF Tournament in Moraga, with the Cardinal again emerging victorious behind Daphne Patterson's first career hat trick.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
At the helm of the Aggies is fifth-year head coach Elaine Jones. The former University of Virginia standout has a 44-33 overall record with the Aggies. Last season, her squad posted a 10-9 record and a 2-3 mark in conference play, good for fourth in the MPSF. The Aggies return all of their top five scorers from last season, who each recorded double-digit goals in 2005. Leading the squad is junior attacker Katie McMahon, who scored a remarkable 69 goals last year. This season, the Pleasanton native already has netted 40 goals in just 10 games, good for the second-best goals per game mark in the nation. Her 51 total points ranks fifth in the NCAA. Another junior, Megan O'Connor, is second in Aggie scoring with 15 goals and five assists on the season. Freshman Patrice Clark has quickly made an impact for UC Davis with 11 goals so far this year. Sophomore goalkeeper Hilary Harkins provides a strong defensive presence for the Aggies, as she has collected 98 saves in 262 faced shots so far this season.