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No. 20 Stanford Faces Two Midwestern Foes
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/21/2006

Feb. 21, 2006

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The Stanford women's lacrosse team continues 2006 play Friday night, taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes in a 7:00 PM (PST) matchup to start a competitive weekend of play. The game will mark the Buckeye opener and the first non-conference match of the year for the Cardinal. Home action will continue on Sunday, when Stanford faces another Midwestern opponent, Notre Dame, in a noon start. Both matches will be hosted by the Cardinal at Maloney Field on the Stanford campus.

Following the two matches this weekend, the Cardinal will remain at home to host five more matches before hitting the road for the East Coast. Stanford faces off with conference opponent UC Davis on Friday, Mar. 3 before hosting No. 13 Vanderbilt in a highly anticipated matchup between two ranked programs. Last year, Stanford defeated UC Davis on the road, 11-4, during the regular season and bested the program again in the first round of the MPSF Tournament in Moraga, 14-6. The Cardinal also faced Vanderbilt last season and dropped a hard-fought 10-9 decision in Nashville.

The Cardinal is two weeks into the 2006 season and has posted an even record after two conference matches. In the season-opener, the Cardinal overwhelmed Oregon with 18 goals from 11 different Stanford players. Junior Liz Piselli scored four goals and notched two assists in the match to power the Cardinal to victory. Last weekend, the Cardinal suffered a tough defeat at the hands of Bay Area rival Cal, falling 9-6 to the Bears on the road. In the match, sophomore Daphne Patterson netted three goals, including the first of a four-goal run by the Cardinal in the middle of the opening half.

Three Stanford newcomers, Bis Fries, Jamie Nesbitt and Maris Perlman, have wasted no time making their marks at the collegiate level. As a group, the young trio has registered over 20 percent of the Cardinal goals, with five in the first two games. Leading the effort is Fries, a former standout at The Hun School in Princeton, NJ. The attacker, who holds her high school scoring record, has already notched three goals for Stanford in her first two appearances. Against Oregon, Fries netted two goals within ten minutes of each other late in the first half. Her first score, a well-placed shot off of a pass from Sarah Bach, initiated her promising collegiate scoring career. Against California, Fries scored an unassisted goal late in the game to jumpstart the Cardinal comeback effort. Nesbitt, a First Team All-American from Cincinnati, Oh., put a pass from Liz Piselli in the back of the net at the 18:27 mark two weeks ago to give the Cardinal a 7-1 lead over Oregon. On Saturday, she started her first collegiate match against Cal and registered two shots on goal, two ground balls and a caused turnover. Another high school All-American, Maris Perlman, scored her first collegiate goal this weekend on a free position shot to put Stanford in the lead.

This weekend, Cardinal sophomore Daphne Patterson tallied three goals against California to lead the Cardinal scoring effort. The attacker's hat trick was the second of her short career, with both occuring in her last four collegiate matches. As a freshman last season, Patterson scored three goals against UC Davis on May 6 in the first round of the MPSF Tournament. With 21 goals in her first season on the Farm, Patterson looks to be the next scorer to enter the Stanford recordbooks. After this weekend, she has 25 goals, 11 ground balls, five caused turnovers and four draw controls in just over a season of collegiate action.

Cardinal assistant coach Kylee Reade will take on her alma mater and college coach on Friday night when Stanford takes on Sue Stimmel's Ohio State program. Reade was a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes from 1999-2002 and made her mark on the program's career charts. Her 28 caused turnovers during the 2001 season ranks tenth in Buckeye single-season history. Her 60 career caused turnovers and her 123 career ground balls both rank sixth on the charts. Reade also co-captained one of the best Ohio State squads in history, leading the 2002 team to a second place finish in the competitive American Lacrosse Conference.

This weekend Cardinal seniors Sarah Bach and Megan Burker continued their ascents on the Stanford career charts. After adding to their totals this weekend, the players are sixth (100) and eighth (73) in career goals, respectively. The duo climbed to fifth and ninth in shots with 246 and 155 as well. In the draw control column, Burker is currently third with 76. Both seniors are tied for ninth in games played with 56. Sophomore Laura Shane also is in the process of climbing career charts. In her first season with the Cardinal, the Baltimore, Md. native collected 204 saves, fourth best in a Cardinal keeper's career. With 21 more so far this season, she is one step closer in her pursuit of Stephanie Tuerk's 1999 top mark (459).

Stanford has faced Ohio State six times since becoming a varsity program and has split the series with the Buckeyes, 3-3. The Cardinal has come out on top in two of the last three meetings, however, including a 13-7 win last year in Columbus. Sarah Bach scored four goals in the match to lead the Cardinal while Megan Burker netted three. Prior to last year's solid win, however, the Cardinal-Buckeye match has been extremely tight, with matches decided by a single goal in 2003 and 2004. In 2003, the Cardinal claimed victory against the ALC championship Buckeye squad, 11-10. In 2004, Ohio State scored an overtime goal to defeat the Cardinal, 10-9.

Stanford has also battled Notre Dame six times, yet the Irish lead that series 4-2. The Cardinal has come out on top in two of the last three meetings, however. In 2003, Stanford earned their first-ever win over the Irish with a 14-13 double overtime victory. Last season, the Cardinal defeated the Irish for a second time on a game-winner by Michelle DeChant.

UMass alumnus Sue Stimmel begins her 11th season at the helm of the Ohio State program with a 79-71 record at the school. Last season, the Buckeyes posted a 6-10 overall record and a 3-3 mark in conference play, good for third in the American Lacrosse Conference. The team returns 17 letterwinners, including four of its top five scorers, and adds nine newcomers. Attacker Kelly Kremer is the top returner for the Buckeyes. As a freshman last season, the Kennetts Square, Pa, native led the team in scoring with 38 goals and six assists. Fellow sophomore Kristen Slahor notched 20 assists last season as well as nine goals. Together the pair was responsible for more than a third of the Buckeyes 2005 points.

Head coach Tracy Coyne enters her 10th season at the helm of the Notre Dame program and has accumulated a 72-60 record. She returns 13 letterwinners to her team from last season and nine starters. Last year, the Irish were 3-12 overall and 1-4 in the Big East. Senior Crystal Foote, a First Team All-Big East honoree and Third Team All-American is the player to watch for the Irish. She contributed 50 total points to the Irish effort last season with 34 goals and 16 assists. Caitlin McKinney, a sophomore from Lafayette Hill, Pa., netted 28 goals last year in her first collegiate season and earned Second Team All-Big East honors for her efforts.



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