May 4, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - No. 14 Stanford bested California 15-14 this afternoon for the Cardinal's second consecutive Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League (MPLL) title. Stanford improves to 14-4 on the season as the Cardinal came back from a two-goal deficit for the win. In the consolation match, Denver took third place in the conference with a 13-10 win over UC Davis.
In the MPLL Championship game, the Cardinal came out strong and took a 2-0 lead in the first 3:11, but the Golden Bears stayed close and tied the game at 2-2. Both teams paced each other before Cal broke out on a 3-0 scoring drive with two goals by midfielder Carley Preble. Stanford and California tacked on one goal apiece as the Golden Bears took an 8-6 lead at the half.
After the break, Stanford sophomore Kelsey Twist netted her first goals of the day as the Cardinal put together a 4-3 drive in the first nine minutes. The Cardinal's Kim Cahill chalked up her second goal of the day with 13:55 left in the game to tie the match at 11-11, but back-to-back goals by California's Colleen O'Mara and Molly Brady put the Cardinal back in a two-point deficit with 12:34 remaining in the contest. Stanford posted four unanswered goals in the next 3:26, including two by Twist, to take a 15-13 lead. Golden Bears' midfielder Julianne Wu added her third goal of the match on a free position shot to cut their deficit to one with 2:43 left to play, but a Christina Saikus save and a pipe shot in the final two minutes kept Cal from tying the match and gave the Cardinal the 15-14 win and the MPLL Championship.
In the third place contest, both teams scored in the first few minutes for a 1-1 tie, but the Pioneers closed out the last 7:35 of the first half with a 3-0 run for a 7-5 halftime margin. Denver's Courtnay Gerl netted three goals in the second half as the Pioneers went on to to the 13-10 win.
Denver Scorers: Patience Baldwin 3, Courtnay Gerl 3, Steph Greenlees 3, Mariana Spry 2, Tanya Fuchs 1, Sarah Medwell 1.
Denver Assists: Tanya Fuchs 2, Patience Bladwin 1, Beth Cordova 1.
UC Davis Scorers: Jaime Fitzpatrick 4, Kate Hanson 3, Naomi Coffman 1, Leslie Kado 1, Tiffany Lee 1.
UC Davis Assists: Jaime Fitzpatrick 2, Leslie Kado 2.
Saves: Kristen Braasch (Davis) 8; Steph Scneider (Denver) 10.
Records: Denver 8-6; UC Davis 9-8.
Stanford Scorers: Nina Pantano 4, Kelsey Twist 4, Kim Cahill 3, Claire Calzonetti 3, Abbi Hills 1.
Stanford Assists: Abbi Hills 2, Kelsey Twist 2, Sarah Bach 1, Megan Burker 1, Cassie Harvey 1.
California Scorers: Molly Brady 5, Colleen O'Mara 4, Julianne Wu 3, Carley Preble 2.
California Assists: Colleen O'Mara 2.
Saves: Christina Saikus (Stanford) 7; Eden Coehlo (Cal) 7.
Records: Stanford 14-4, California 11-6.