Feb. 16, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford University women's lacrosse team slipped by a scrappy Saint Mary's College team, 13-9 Monday night at a wet and soggy Maloney Field. With the win, the No. 14 ranked Cardinal improve to 2-0 on the season, while the Gaels suffer their first loss of the season and fall to 1-1.
The Gaels gave the Cardinal all they could handle in the first half with Stanford holding on to a slim 8-7 lead going into the break.
"We had a bit of a slow start," said Stanford Head Coach Michele Uhlfelder. "Playing games during the season is much different than playing in tournaments or practice. This game showed us what we need to work on and what we have been working on,"
Stanford struck first as sophomore attacker Megan Burker whipped a shot past SMC junior goalkeeper Katie Augustine just 45 seconds after the opening whistle. The Cardinal would make it 2-0 on a score from senior midfielder Abbi Hills.
Saint Mary's responded with a goal from senior attacker Colette Spencer. Burker would add her second score of the game to put Stanford up 3-1, but the Gaels were able to pull even thanks to back-to-back goals from Colette Spencer and her sister, freshman midfielder Jackie Spencer.
Stanford inched ahead as Hills added her second goal of the game, but it seemed like every time the Cardinal scored, the Gaels had an answer as freshman midfielder Madalyn Marsh knotted the score at 4-4.
The Cardinal responded with a quick strike as junior midfielder Kelsey Twist blasted a shot past Augustine for a 5-4 lead. Saint Mary's scored two consecutive goals to grab its first lead of the game. Sophomore attacker Molly Wagner scored at the 21:10 mark to pull the Gaels even, but nearly two minutes later, Jackie Spencer registered her second goal of the game to give SMC a 6-5 advantage.
With a little over five minutes left in the first half, Stanford went on the offensive, recording three goals compared to one for the Gaels. Scoring goals for the Cardinal were sophomore attacker Sarah Bach, Twist and Claire Calzonetti. Scoring SMC's final goal of the half was Jackie Spencer.
Stanford remained the aggressor coming out of the locker rooms, scoring the first three goals of the second half. Bach scored the first two for the Cardinal, while Burker made a beautiful pass to a cutting Hills to give Stanford some breathing room at 11-7.
The Cardinal's defense clamped down on the SMC offense, allowing only a pair of goals by Colette Spencer.
Stanford was led by Bach and Hills, who each tallied three scores, while Burker and Twist each found the back of the cage twice. Saint Mary's was led by the Spencer sisters, with Colette scoring a game-high four goals, while Jackie finished with a hat-trick.
Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus took over net duties in the second half and was spectacular, registering seven saves in nine opportunities.
"Christina was tough in there, no doubt about it," said Uhlfelder. "Her play and winning the opening draw of the second half really changed the momentum of the game."
The Cardinal will be back in action on Thursday night (Feb. 19th) when they travel to rival Cal to face the Golden Bears at Memorial Stadium for a 3:00 pm (PT) showdown. Stanford's next home games will be on Feb. 27th and the 29th when the Cardinal host a pair of nationally ranked teams in No. 9 Ohio State and No. 17 Notre Dame.
Saint Mary's - 9
Stanford - 13
Saint Mary's goals - Colette Spencer 4, Jackie Spencer 3, Madalyn Marsh 1, Molly Wagner 1
Stanford goals - Sarah Bach 3, Abbi Hills 3, Megan Burker 2, Kelsey Twist 2, Claire Calzonetti 1, Julia Calzonetti 1, Cassie Harvey 1.
Saint Mary's Saves - Katie Augustine - 15
Stanford Saves - Christina Saikus - 7, Kate Horowitz 4