Feb. 15, 2008
Stanford, Calif. -
Stanford Lacrosse This Week:
Sun, Feb. 17, 2008
Stanford vs. No. 3 Duke (0-0, 0-0 ACC), 2 p.m.
Westcott Field, Southern Methodist University Campus
Stanford women's lacrosse will hit the road for the first time on the season and face off against Duke in Dallas, Tex. Duke has been tabbed as the 3rd ranked team in the country by Lacrosse Magazine. Duke returns seven of 12 starters in 2008 from a team that reached the Final Four in 2007. The Blue Devils finished 2007 with a record of 16-4.
On the Horizon:
Following the matchup against the Blue Devils, Stanford will face MPSF rival California on Sat, Feb. 23 at 3:00 p.m.
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. The Cardinal then hosted Oregon, an MPSF rival who finished second in conference last season, and came away with an 8-7 victory. The Cardinal continued their strong play this week with a 13-7 victory over UC Davis on Wednesday night. This leaves Stanford with a 3-0 record and a 2-0 mark in MPSF competition.
MPSF Player of the Week for Shane and Patterson:
Seniors Laura Shane and Daphne Patterson were named MPSF Player Of the Week in the first and second seasons of the season. Patterson was named MPSF Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 28- Feb. 3 for her six goals against Le Moyne. Shane was named MPSF Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4- Feb. 10 for her 14 saves in Stanford's 8-7 victory over Oregon.
Schwab Nets Game-Winner:
Sophomore Amanda Schwab stepped up in a big way off the bench in the 8-7 victory over Oregon by scoring the game-winning goal for the Cardinal with 10:37 left. Schwab played in seven games off the bench as a freshman and scored six goals in her playing time.
If You Give......:
Sophomore Claire Hubbard helped get everyone involved by dishing out three assists in the game against Oregon. Hubbard appeared in 13 games last season, all off the bench, scored three goals, and dished out two assists. After also recording three assists in the win over LeMoyne, Hubbard now has a team-leading six assists after only two games.
........Then You Shall Receive:
Hubbard continued her strong season by scoring three goals in the victory over UC Davis. Hubbard now leads the team in points with 11, scoring three goals and adding four assists.
Lindsay Showing Consistency:
Sophomore Dana Lindsay has been consistent in the two games this season for the Cardinal by scoring two goals in each match. The Cleveland Heights, OH native scored 12 goals as a freshman and looks to improve on that mark in 2008.
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 for the game 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 Blue Devils:
Duke is led by head coach Kerstin Kimel, who has a career record of 147-72. Duke has been tabbed as the 3rd ranked team in the country by Lacrosse Magazine. Duke returns seven of 12 starters in 2008 from a team that reached the Final Four in 2007. They also add a 10-man recruiting class that ranked second nationally. The Blue Devils finished 2007 with a record of 16-4.