March 7, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 17 ranked Stanford University women's lacrosse team was edged, 6-5, by the No. 11 ranked Vanderbilt Commodores in the third annual East/West Challenge at Maloney Field Sunday afternoon. The loss drops the Cardinal to 3-3 on the season, while the Commodores improve to 2-1 on the year.
The Commodores jumped out to a 4-2 halftime lead and held off a second half charge by the Cardinal to walk away with the win. Sophomore Megan Burker's goal with just 55 seconds left cut Vanderbilt's lead to one at 6-5, but the Commodores were able to hold on for the win.
In the first half of action, the Cardinal jumped on the board first as Burker blasted a shot past VU goalkeeper Brooke Shinaberry. Vanderbilt responded with two goals to grab a 2-1 advantage midway through the first half. Cardinal sophomore attacker Sarah Bach tied things up with just under 12 minutes remaining in the half with her eighth goal of the season.
The Commodores answered the call, getting goals from Kate Hickman and Jess Roguski to grab a 4-2 lead at the break.
Stanford came out aggressive in the second half, outscoring the visitors, 3-2. Scoring goals for the Cardinal were Burker and junior midfielders Nina Pantano and Kelsey Twist. In the fourth minute of the second half, Twist found a cutting Pantano to trim Vandy's lead to 4-3. Moments later, Twist found the back of the cage to tie things up at 4-4. Kelly Devlin's goal midway through the second half gave the Commodores a 5-4 advantage. The Commodores would give themselves some breathing room with a calculated goal by Lauren Peck that ran nearly five minutes off the clock. Burker's goal with 55 seconds would cap the scoring in the game.
Burker paced the Cardinal with two goals, upping her season total to 12 on the season, while Bach, Pantano, and Twist each added a score for Stanford. Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus played admirably in the cage, registering a game-high 13 saves on the day.
The Cardinal will regroup before playing host to No. 6 Dartmouth on March 20th at Maloney Field. Dartmouth will be the fourth straight top-20 opponent for the Cardinal.
Stanford Game Quick Stats
Vanderbilt - 6
Stanford - 5
Stanford Goals - Burker (2), Bach (1), Pantano (1), Twist (1).
Stanford Assists - Gilkinson (1), Twist (1).
Stanford Saves - Saikus (13).