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Stanford Lacrosse Opens Home Schedule This Weekend
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/28/2005

Feb. 28, 2005

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The Stanford University women's lacrosse team opens its home schedule against Connecticut on Friday evening, before hosting No. 5 ranked Georgetown in the fourth annual de Beer East/West Challenge on Sunday afternoon. Friday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between the Cardinal and UConn, while the Hoyas have won both of their meetings with Stanford.

Stanford had last week off after continuing its strong start to the 2005 season the previous weekend, posting two MPSF conference victories on the road. The Cardinal registered its 16th straight victory over Saint Mary's at Miramonte High School on Friday, February 18th. Stanford opened the contest with seven straight goals and never looked back, en route to a 14-5 victory over the Gaels. Coach Uhlfelder's squad improved to 3-0 in conference play on Sunday, knocking off UC Davis 11-4. Senior Kelsey Twist scored twice and assisted on five goals in the win over the Aggies.

Junior Sarah Bach was named as the first MPSF Player of the Week for 2005 after leading the Cardinal to three MPSF conference wins to open the season. In Stanford's 14-5 win over Saint Mary's, the attacker paced all scorers with five goals and an assist on eight shots. The five goals and six points marked a career-high for the junior. Bach followed up the performance with a pair of goals on just three shots in Stanford's 11-4 win over UC Davis. In the Cardinal's season-opening win over Oregon, Bach scored four goals to lead Stanford to a 19-6 victory.

Senior Kelsey Twist earned a pair of national honors last week, receiving honorable mention Player of the Week recognition from both Inside Lacrosse Magazine and In the Cardinal wins over Saint Mary's and UC Davis, Twist tallied four goals and added seven assists as the team improved to 3-0 to start the season. The senior scored two goals and recorded two assists against the Gaels, and scored twice with a career-high five assists against UC Davis. The five assists broke the Stanford single-game assist mark of four, set by Hedy Born during the 2000 season.

Friday's game at Maloney Field will be the season opener for a UConn squad that finished 8-9 last season. The Huskies are led by pre-season All-American Tracey Mullaney, who scored 41 goals as a junior last year. Georgetown hosts Mt. St. Mary's on Wednesday before Sunday's game on The Farm. The Hoyas advanced to last season's NCAA semifinals and earned a No. 5 pre-season IWLCA rank. Georgetown is led by pre-season All-American Sarah Oliphant.

Stanford University women's lacrosse head coach Michele Uhlfelder earned numerous accolades following the 2004 season. In addition to being named as the MPSF Co-Coach of the Year, she was also the recipient of the prestigious Beth Allen Award last May. The Allen Award is presented annually to a member of the US Lacrosse Women's Division who participates in the National Championship Division A at the National Tournament. Uhlfelder became the award's first recipient from the Pacific Region, and the only winner to represent the west in the history of the award. In November, Uhlfelder was named as a Distinguished Alumnus at her alma mater in Pikesville, Maryland, becoming the honor's 14th recipient among world-wide political figures, doctors, artists, and athletes.

Stanford returns 13 players from a team that posted a 9-9 record, and a 4-0 mark in conference play last season .... Included in the returning cast are junior Megan Burker and seniors Kelsey Twist an Nina Pantano, who will all serve as the squad's captains for the upcoming season ... Burker, who became the first Stanford player to try out for the United States National Team last summer, is the team's leading returning scorer, having netted 30 goals last season ... Partnering with Burker in the attack will be junior Sarah Bach, who emerged as a reliable goal-scoring option last season, netting 17 scores ... Also contributing in the attack will be sophomore Michelle DeChant, who gained a considerable amount of experience as a freshman and scored 10 goals ... Twist and Pantano give the Cardinal one of the most experienced and talented midfields in the nation. Both players rank in the Cardinal career top-10 in nearly every offensive category, and both will shoulder the burden of creating scoring opportunities from the midfield ... Twist ranked third on the team with 20 goals last season, while Pantano added 18 scores ... Sophomores Jessica Verrilli and Liz Piselli bolster the Cardinal midfield after productive freshman campaigns in 2004 ... Junior Nyerr Parham will contribute in the midfield and the defense ... On defense, Stanford can look to juniors Thea Lorentzen and Kinsey Morrison to lead a young and talented unit ... Coach Uhlfelder's squad features two returning goalkeepers ... Junior Kate Horowitz is the most experienced of returning `keeper, having seen action in eight games last season and making 26 saves ... Sophomore Carly Posner made her first appearance in the cage last season, entering as a sub in Stanford's MPSF semifinal win over UC Davis.

The Cardinal welcome 12 talented players to The Farm for the new season. Making up the incoming group are nine freshman, a pair of sophomores and one senior ... Four attackers join the team, and will provide depth to an already potent offense. Daphne Patterson, a native of New York, NY, joins the team after earning high school All-American honors in Delaware, and will compete for playing time immediately. Sisters Alicia and Amanda Soto, both Academic All-Americans in high school, come to Stanford from the lacrosse hotbed of Maryland. Rebecca Milo, a transfer from Santa Clara, joins the squad after winning Western Women's Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year honors last year ... Coach Uhlfelder brings three new midfielders into the fold, and each will have to fit into a variety of roles in the lineup. Megan McClain, Anna Brown, and Ariana Parasco join the team after outstanding high school careers ... Katharine Fox, Bri Ned, and sophomore Rachel Dyke join the Cardinal defense and will be called upon to contribute immediately. Fox and Ned bring a wealth of experience from highly competitive club teams in Maryland, and all three players earned Academic All-American honors during their high school careers. Senior Nicole Barnhart, an All-American goalkeeper and four-year letterwinner on the Stanford soccer team, will play her first year of lacrosse on The Farm this season. Barnhart earned All-American honors at the high school level ... Goalkeeper Laura Shane rounds out the incoming group, and provides the Cardinal with increased athleticism in the cage.

Michele Uhlfelder, entering her fifth season as the head coach at Stanford, has been a pioneer for the sport of lacrosse. In 2001, under Uhlfelder's guidance, Stanford became the first west coast university to ever garner a top 20 national ranking. Uhlfelder has built the Cardinal program into a top 20 team and has Stanford on the brink of earning its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. The Baltimore, MD native was also recently honored by being inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. As a player, Uhlfelder has participated in the game at the highest collegiate and international levels. She is a two-time member of the USA Women's National Team (1997, 2001) and was a key player on the 2001 U.S. squad that won a gold medal at the World Cup. She started all seven games and was the third highest scorer on the American team, ranking sixth among all scorers at the World Cup. Uhlfelder is still very much involved with the U.S. Lacrosse as she was chosen as a selector for the U-19 National team in 2003. She has also served as a coach at US Development camps from 2001-03. ™



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