April 7, 2005
The Stanford University women's lacrosse team heads back out on the road this weekend, traveling to face a pair of tough opponents in Northwestern and Notre Dame. Northwestern is in its second week as the top-ranked team in the nation, having posted a 10-0 mark so far this year, tying the program record for best start to a season. The contest against Notre Dame on Sunday will be played indoors at the Loftus Sports Center due to a scheduling conflict with the Irish men's lacrosse team.
Stanford avenged a loss in last season's MPSF championship game, and registered an important MPSF victory in edging California at Maloney Field last Friday night, 11-10. The Golden Bears got on board first, but the Cardinal reeled off four straight goals to take control of the contest early. Behind a pair of goals from senior Nina Pantano, Stanford entered the half time break with a 7-4 advantage. Cal came out firing in the second half, out-scoring the Cardinal 4-1 to tie the game at eight. Sarah Bach gave the Cardinal a brief lead, before the Bears netted two scores to move ahead for the first time since the start of the contest. The Cardinal equalized less than a minute later with Pantano wrapping up her hat trick with an unassisted goal. Sophomore Michelle DeChant then tallied an unassisted goal of her own to put the Cardinal up for good with seven minutes remaining in the contest. Freshman Laura Shane made a pair of acrobatic saves to protect the Cardinal lead, and Stanford maintained possession through the final minutes to seal the victory. Pantano led the team with three goals, while DeChant and Bach each tallied twice. Shane made 13 saves in the cage for the Cardinal.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Northwestern enters its second week as the top-ranked team in the nation according to the most recent IWLCA coaches poll. The Wildcats improved to a perfect 10-0 with convincing wins over UConn and Rutgers in Big East conference play last weekend. Kristen Kjellman set a program record with six goals and six assists for 12 points in the squad's 22-6 win over UConn. Northwestern has four players that have scored 20 or more goals this season, with Kjellman leading the squad with 29, followed by Lindsey Munday and Laura Glassanos with 24 goals apiece, and Aly Josephs with 21 scores.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING IRISH
Notre Dame enters the week with a 3-6 record and a 1-2 mark in Big East conference play. The Irish dropped a 13-10 decision to UConn before rebounding to knock off Rutgers last weekend, 12-9. Crysti Foote was named as the Big East Co-Offensive Player of the Week for her performances over the weekend, as the junior scored seven goals against the Huskies and Scarlet Knights. Foote paces the team with 20 goals so far this season, and ranks sixth on the Notre Dame all-time goals scored list with 73. Caitlin McKinney is second on the squad with 17 goals this season.
Stanford avenged a loss in last season's MPSF championship game with an 11-10 defeat of California on Friday night to remain undefeated in MPSF play. The Cardinal have not lost a regular season conference contest since MPSF play began last season, posting an 8-0 record and a 9-1 mark including MPSF tournament games. Stanford was also undefeated in the Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League, which was the precursor to the MPSF. In two seasons of MPLL play in 2002 and 2003, Stanford recorded an 18-0 mark and collected two league championships. The program has not lost a regular season conference game since the 2000 season, when the squad fell to Cal by an 8-7 score in the season finale before going on to win the Western Women's Lacrosse League title for the third straight season.
SHANE WITH THE SAVE
Freshman standout Laura Shane has been excellent in goal for the Cardinal, collecting 116 saves so far this season. Her save total already ranks as the eighth highest single season total in program history. Shane ranks first in the conference with an average of 11.60 saves per game, and ranks 14th in the nation with an 8.12 goals against average. As a team, the Cardinal have allowed a league-low 82 goals this season. Shane currently has a save percentage of .595, which ranks as the best save percentage in Division I women's lacrosse.
ASSIST FROM TWIST
Senior Kelsey Twist assisted on two first half goals against in Friday's win over California, bringing her team-high assist total to 13. Twist set a single-game program record earlier this season by assisting on five goals in the Cardinal win over UC Davis. The Baltimore native entered the season as the program's all-time leader with 52 assists, and has brought her career total to 65 with her performances this season.
Sarah Bach NAMED MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.
Kelsey Twist GARNERS NATIONAL HONORS
Senior Kelsey Twist earned a pair of national honors after the first week of the season, receiving honorable mention Player of the Week recognition from both Inside Lacrosse Magazine and womenslacrosse.com. 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.
THE UHLFELDER FILE
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. 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.