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Karen Nesbitt Named MPSF Tri-Newcomer of the Year; Five Named All-MPSF Performers
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/04/2008

May 4, 2008

Freshman Midfielder Karen Nesbitt (Cincinnati, OH./Sycamore HS) was named as a Tri-Newcomer of the Year Friday, as announced by MPSF Commissioner Al Beaird. Nesbitt has made an immediate impact in her rookie campaign by scoring 16 goals and adding eight assists, while only starting seven games for the Cardinal. Nesbitt has also made an impact on the defensive end as a two-way contributor for the Cardinal.

Stanford also had five other named to the All-MPSF Lacrosse team in senior Laura Shane, senior Bri Ned, senior Daphne Patterson, senior Megan McClain, and sophomore Julie Christy.

Shane, a native of Baltimore, Md., finishes up her Stanford career as one of the most accomplished players ever to come through the program. Shane has put up another season that should merit All-American consideration as she recorded a .559 save percentage and played all but 46 minutes all season long. She recorded 232 saves only allowed 9.53 goals per game on the season.

Patterson, a native of New York, NY., concludes another stellar season as she scored a team-high 39 goals and a team-high 21 assists to finish with 60 points on the year. Her previous high was 33 goals, which she accomplished last season in her junior year. Patterson was an All-MPSF Tournament Team selection in 2007.

McClain, a native Dallas, TX., followed up a breakout junior season with another stellar season in her senior year. McClain finished the year with 31 goals and 13 assists to finish third on the team with 44 points. McClain started every game except her very first in her entire Cardinal career, which is a streak of 73 straight starts.

Christy, a native of Malvern, PA., is a first-time member of the All-MPSF team after scoring 15 goals and tallying 10 assists as a sophomore. Christy also had heavy contributions in other facets of the game as she lead the team with 35 draw controls and 26 ground balls on the season.

Ned, a native of Severn, MD., was once again a standout on the defensive end as she led the squad with 17 caused turnovers and also recorded 13 ground balls. The senior was a physical presence on the defensive end and was a big reason why the Cardinal allowed just 9.36 goals per game this season.


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