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Stanford Lacrosse Set For MPSF Showdown With Cal On Friday
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/30/2005

March 30, 2005

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The Stanford University women's lacrosse team returns to The Farm and resumes Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Friday, when the Cardinal hosts California at Maloney Field at 7:30 pm. The two programs have matched up 18 times, with Stanford holding a 13-5 advantage in the all-time series. The Cardinal defeated the Golden Bears twice last season before falling to Cal in the MPSF championship game, 11-10. The Stanford lacrosse program will also host the Sling It! Western States Tournament on April 2-3rd.

Stanford lacrosse fans please note the ticket prices for Friday's game:
Adults- $5.00
High Schools Students- $3.00
Stanford Students- Free with ID
Children 5 and Under- Free

Stanford traveled to Nashville to take on then-No. 6 ranked Duke and then-No. 19 ranked Vanderbilt last weekend. The trip got off to a rough start for the Cardinal, as Duke dominated in an 18-1 contest on Saturday. Junior Megan Burker scored the lone Stanford goal, as the Cardinal were held scoreless through the first half for the first time this season. Freshman goalkeeper Laura Shane made 16 saves in the cage, with 10 of them coming in the second half. On Sunday, the Cardinal got three goals apiece from senior Nina Pantano and sophomore Liz Piselli, but Vanderbilt scored the game's final two goals to edge Stanford 10-9. Senior Kelsey Twist and juniors Megan Burker and Sarah Bach also tallied scores for the Cardinal in the loss. It marked the second game that Stanford has lost by one goal this season, having dropped an 8-7 decision to UConn in February.

California enters the week with a 6-4 record and a 1-0 mark in conference play. The Golden Bears coming off of a pair of wins on the east coast last weekend. Cal edged Brown 10-9 on Friday, and topped Harvard on Sunday by a score of 11-6. Sophomore Laura Cavallo paces the team in scoring with 21 goals and 10 assists, while fellow sophomore Liz Reifsnyder ranks second on the squad with 15 goals and 10 assists for 25 points. Senior co-captain Molly Brady has been extremely effective in the attack as of late, scoring seven goals in Cal's last three games. Brady is 14 points shy of tying former Bear Halsey Monger for fourth place on the program's career scoring list. Stanford and Cal have played common opponents in UConn and Colgate so far this season. Both teams were edged by the Huskies and both squads defeated the Raiders. In Cal's only MPSF conference game, the Golden Bears defeated Denver on March 5th, 7-6.

Stanford and Cal have met 18 times in varsity lacrosse competition, with the Cardinal holding a 13-5 advantage in the all-time series. The rivalry was taken to a new level in 2004, when Stanford knocked off the Golden Bears twice during the regular season but Cal defeated the Cardinal in the MPSF championship game by a score of 11-10. The loss was the first for Stanford against Cal since an 8-7 defeat during the 2000 season. The two squads have met in the conference championship game in each of the past four seasons, with the Cardinal winning three straight contests before last year's defeat.

Similar in theory to the deBeer East/West Challenge, the Western States Tournament allows Stanford to continue to play a major role in promoting lacrosse to the community. Tournament action features local high schools in the California Federated Division, visiting high schools from various states and Canada in the other high school division, and collegiate and post-collegiate competition in the open club division. The tournament is at capacity with a field of 50 teams entered, reflecting the continued growth of the game, and close to 1,000 players, referees, and fans will visit the The Farm for this weekend's tournament

The names of junior Megan Burker and seniors Nina Pantano and Kelsey Twist can be found throughout the Cardinal career record book, and the trio are adding to their respective legacies this season. Twist moved into third place on the Stanford career goals scored chart with 107 scores, while Pantano checks in at sixth with 93 and Burker ranks seventh with 82 tallies.

Senior Nina Pantano and juniors Sarah Bach and Megan Burker have carried the scoring load for the Cardinal in the attack so far this season. Bach leads the team with 18 goals, while Burker has scored 14 goals of her own and has also assisted on 11 scores for a team-high 25 points. Pantano scored three goals in the loss at Vanderbilt to bring her goal total to 15 on the season.

A number of first-year players have already contributed to Stanford's success on the field this season. Daphne Patterson has sparked the attack, and is currently tied for fifth on the team with eight goals. Ariana Parasco has scored three times including her first career two-goal game against Colgate, while Megan McClain posted her first multi-goal game against Cornell on March 19th. Laura Shane has proven to be an outstanding goalkeeper for Coach Uhlfelder's squad, and Bri Ned has started all nine games in the Cardinal defense.

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 after the first week of the season, 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.

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.

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.



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