Feb. 6, 2008
Stanford, Calif. -
Stanford Lacrosse This Week:
Fri, Feb. 8 vs. Oregon, 7 p.m.
Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
Stanford women's lacrosse will continue their homestand with a Friday night match against MPSF conference rival Oregon under the lights of Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Stanford split the season series last year with the Ducks, losing 10-6 in Eugene, but came back to win in the MPSF semifinal 8-2.
On the Horizon:
Following this weekend's action, Stanford will stay at home when they host UC Davis in another MPSF conference match. After the UC Davis match, Stanford will hit the road for two matches against Duke and a match against Bay Area rival California.
The Cardinal kicked off the 2008 season with a 14-6 victory over LeMoyne, a 2007 NCAA Tournament participant. The Cardinal only lead 4-3 at halftime, but scored 10 goals in the second half to break open a close game and coast to the eight goal victory.
Into the Record Books:
Senior Daphne Patterson got her 2008 season started off quickly by scoring six goals in the victory over LeMoyne. Five of those goals were scored in the second half, and her six goals tied the school-record for goals in a game. Patterson is coming off of a 33 goal junior season and will lead the attack for the Cardinal in 2008.
Big Debut for Flynn:
Freshman Sarah Flynn got her Cardinal career started in a hurry as she recorded a goal in three assists off the bench. Flynn, a Baltimore, Md. native, was not the only freshman to make her collegiate debut last Saturday. Karen Nesbitt of Cincinnati, OH recorded five shots in the victory and Ashley Aruffo and Maggie Sachs also made contributions off the bench.
Strong Senior Class:
The Cardinal is led by a strong senior class that returns the team's leading scorer last season in Daphne Patterson and IWLCA All-American goalkeeper Laura Shane. Patterson, an All-MPSF selection, finished with 33 goals last season and Shane recorded 190 saves last season, to go along with a .534 save percentage. The Cardinal also returns sophomore midfielder Lauren Schmidt, who was another All-MPSF selection in 2007 after scoring 25 goals in her rookie season. Third leading scorer, Megan McClain, also returns to the team after her 24 goal junior campaign.
About the Ducks:
Oregon enters the 2008 season with their first-ever senior class as the program is in its fourth season of Division I competition. The Ducks are led by senior Jen May who scored 22 goals and assisted on 17 others in the 2007 season. On defense the Ducks are led by Cara Mead and Liora Lobel. In goal for the Ducks is junior Ana Poponyak, who started 13 games last season and recorded 77 saves with a .458 save percentage.
Head Coach Michele Uhlfelder:
Head Coach Michele Uhlfelder enters her eighth season, with a career record of 82-44 (.651) on The Farm. Uhlfelder is coming off a 2007 MPSF conference championship in which the Cardinal beat ranked opponents Oregon and Denver on back to back days.
After the match against Oregon, the Cardinal will return to the field Weds, Feb. 13 against UC Davis. Stanford beat the Aggies in their one meeting last season by the score of 17-4.