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No. 19 Stanford Looks For MPSF Title This Weekend
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/03/2005

May 3, 2005

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MPSF Tournament - May 5-7
Saint Mary's Stadium - Moraga, CA
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The Stanford University women's lacrosse team travels to Moraga for the MPSF Championship tournament this weekend. The Cardinal are the top seed in the tournament after finishing the regular season in first place with a 5-0 conference record. Coach Michele Uhlfelder's squad will have a bye before heading into Friday's semifinal round, where they will meet the winner of the UC Davis vs. Oregon quarterfinal match up.

Thursday, May 5- Quarterfinals
Game #1: #4 UC Davis vs. #5 Oregon- 12:00pm
Game #2: #3 Denver vs. #6 Saint Mary's- 2:00pm
Friday, May 6- Semifinals
Game #3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2- 12:00pm
Game #4: #1 Stanford vs. Winner Game 1- 2:00pm
Game #5: #2 California vs. Winner Game 2- 4:00pm
Saturday, May 7- 3rd Place and Championship Games
Game #6: Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 5- 11:00 am
Game #7: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5- 1:00pm

Stanford extended its winning streak to five games with a 13-7 victory over Ohio State in Columbus on Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes got on the board first, scoring twice to gain an early lead. The Cardinal answered back with three straight scores, as sophomore Liz Piselli tallied twice and freshman Megan McClain also scored to give Stanford a 3-2 advantage. Junior Megan Burker scored late in the first half, and assisted on a goal by senior Nina Pantano to increase the Stanford lead. The two goals would set off a six-goal Cardinal run that put the contest out of reach, as Stanford tallied the first four goals of the second period. Junior Sarah Bach scored a pair of unassisted goals to begin the Cardinal flurry, and freshman Ariana Parasco assisted on a goal by McClain to push the Stanford advantage to 9-6 before Bach tallied her fourth goal of the contest on a free position shot. Stanford finished off the game with three straight goals to wrap up the victory. Bach scored four goals, while Burker added three scores and an assist to lead the Cardinal. Goalkeeper Laura Shane had 16 saves in the cage.

California, the tournament's No. 2 seed, will be looking to defend the MPSF title that it claimed last season with an 11-10 win over Stanford. Denver enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed after posting a 3-2 conference mark, while No. 4 seeded UC Davis is led by sophomore Katie McMahon who has scored a league-high 60 goals this season. Oregon earned the tournament's No. 5 seed in just its first season of varsity lacrosse play, and host Saint Mary's, the No. 6 seed, will be looking for its first conference win against Denver on Thursday.

Several Cardinal players are making their marks in the Stanford record book with productive seasons. Senior Kelsey Twist currently ranks first on the Cardinal list with 79 career assists, while junior Megan Burker has moved into a tie for second place on the career chart with 45 career assists. Senior Nina Pantano moved into sole possession of fourth place on the Cardinal career goals list with her 102nd career score against the Buckeyes, and freshman goalkeeper Laura Shane moved into second place on the single-season list with 189 saves this season. Junior Thea Lorentzen tied the program single-game record with five caused turnovers against Ohio State on Saturday.

Stanford improved to 5-0 in conference play this season with the team's recent win over Denver, marking the fifth straight year that the Cardinal have gone undefeated in regular season conference play. Stanford has not lost a regular season conference contest since MPSF play began last season, posting a 9-0 record and a 10-1 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 year. The Cardinal are currently in the midst of a 31-game winning streak in regular season conference contests, including games played in the WWLL, MPLL, and MPSF leagues.

Junior Sarah Bach was named as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week on April 19th after leading the Cardinal to two victories in the team's final home stand of the season. The Baltimore native tallied two goals in the win over Yale, lifting the Cardinal to a 9-8 victory with an unassisted score with just 55 seconds remaining in the contest. She added two ground balls and two draw controls as Stanford recorded its first victory over a ranked team this season. Bach continued her torrid scoring pace against Denver, scoring three goals and assisting on another tally as Stanford posted a 17-14 win. It is the second MPSF Player of the Week honor for Bach this season, who earned conference recognition on February 21st after leading the Cardinal to three wins to begin the 2005 campaign.

Goalkeeper Laura Shane was named as the MPSF Co-Player of the Week along with Cal's Liz Reifsnyder on April 11th. Shane continued to be a rock in the Stanford defense the previous weekend, as the Cardinal went 1-1 against No. 1 ranked Northwestern and Notre Dame. The freshman entered the week as the nation's leader with a .595 save percentage, and turned in another double-digit save performance against the top-ranked Wildcats, turning away 10 Northwestern shots. Shane continued to excel against Notre Dame that Sunday, leading the Cardinal to a 6-5 victory. The Irish out-shot Stanford by a 26-19 margin, but Shane led the Cardinal defense with 14 saves. For the weekend, the Baltimore native made 24 saves and collected five ground balls.

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.

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 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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