March 4, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - Senior Nina Pantano scored four goals, but it wasn't enough as Uconn edged the Cardinal, 8-7, in Stanford's home opener at the Varsity Turf Field on Friday evening. With the loss, the Cardinal drops to 3-1 on the season, while the Huskies improve to 1-0.
The two squads traded goals to begin the game, with Uconn's Tanya Kotowicz assisting on a Shannon Burke goal less than a minute into the contest. Stanford evened the score after the ensuing draw, with sophomore Jessica Verrilli re-directing a pass towards the Husky goal that was knocked in by UConn goalkeeper Jennifer Wong. The Huskies regained the lead with a Kotowicz goal before Pantano netted a pair of scores within a span of two minutes to give the Cardinal its first lead of the contest. Uconn's Tracy Mullaney pulled her squad even with a goal at the 17:16 mark, and Pantano answered almost immediately with her third score of the afternoon. After an exciting 15 minutes to start the game, the two squads settled into a defensive battle to close out the first frame. Mullaney score on a free position with 15:51 left in the half, and tallied on another free position shot at the 7:25 mark to give the Huskies a 5-4 lead heading into the halftime break.
UConn picked up where they left off in the second period, with Mullaney netting her fourth goal of the contest with 25:09 left to give her squad a two-goal cushion. The Cardinal answered back as Megan Burker assisted on Kelsey Twist goal to pull Stanford within one. The Huskies got a goal from Dana Stewart at the 19:06 mark, before Burker scored her first goal of the contest with 15:26 left. Jacqui Hamilton extended the UConn lead to two goals with a score at the 1:56 mark, but Pantano answered immediately following the draw with a goal to put the Cardinal within one. The Stanford attack continued to pressure the Husky goal, but UConn took possession of the ball with less than a minute remaining in the contest and ran down the clock to register the victory.
The Cardinal was out-shot in the contest by a 31-16 margin, with freshman Laura Shane recording 20 saves and collecting a team-high four ground balls. Shane's total of 20 saves is the second highest single-game total in program history, just one shy of former Cardinal standout Rachel Neumann's 21 saves against Bucknell during the 2001 season.
Pantano was perfect on the afternoon, scoring four goals in as many shot attempts. Burker led the team with six shot attempts, scoring a goal and assisting on two scores.
Stanford continues its weekend home stand on Sunday, hosting No. 5 ranked Georgetown in the fourth annual deBeer East/West Challenge. Game time is slated for 1:00 pm at Maloney Field.
UConn - 8
Stanford - 7
GOALIES - STANFORD: Laura Shane 20 saves, 8 goals against (60:00). UC DAVIS: Jennifer Wong 6 saves, 7 goals against (60:00).
GROUND BALLS - STAN 19; UCONN 10
SHOTS - UCONN 31; STAN 16
TURNOVERS - STAN 11; UCONN 8