April 27, 2010
Stanford, Calif. - No. 15 Stanford women's lacrosse will begin its defense of the MPSF tournament title this Thursday, April 29, at noon PST. The No. 2 seeded Cardinal will take on the No. 7 seed Fresno State in the opening round. Stanford has won five consecutive MPSF conference titles and will need to win three games in four days to make it six.
This year's MPSF tournament takes on extra significance with the winner automatically advancing to an NCAA play-in game against the Atlantic-10 conference champion. Massachusetts already clinched the A-10 title after winning the conference tournament last weekend. The Minutewomen will travel to the winner of the MPSF tournament. If Stanford wins the tournament, they will host the play-in game on Friday, May 7, at 7 p.m.
In the regular season matchup between Stanford and Fresno State, the Cardinal took care of business, winning 19-4. Stanford had nine goal scorers in the game, including seven with at least two goals. Amanda Schwab led Stanford with four goals in the game.
A win for Stanford would mean a semifinal date with the winner of the California and Saint Mary's opening round game. The semifinal would be Friday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m. The final will be played on Sunday, May 2, at noon. Denver is the tournament host and enters the weekend as the No. 1 seed. The Pioneers went a perfect 6-0 during the conference season.
Stanford will take a balanced attack to the MPSF tournament with nine players with double-digit goals this season. Sarah Flynn leads the attack with 36 goals, which ranks fourth in the conference. Flynn also has 11 assists for a team-leading 47 points. Claire Hubbard leads Stanford in assists with 35, which is tied for sixth in the nation.
Reigning MPSF Player of the Year, Lauren Schmidt anchors the Stanford midfield with 27 goals and 18 assists. Leslie Foard as also stepped up big in the midfield this season with 26 goals and 10 assists. Foard also leads the Cardinal with 32 draw controls.
Annie Read anchors the Stanford defense in goal. Read leads the conference in both saves per game (9.87) and save percentage (.492). In front of Read is a standout defense that has allowed just 10.62 goals per game. Eleanor Foote and Paige Farmakis have combined for 40 caused turnovers and 62 ground balls.