Feb. 24, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
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No. 16 Stanford returns to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action when it plays at UC Davis on Wednesday in a matchup of two longtime rivals. The Cardinal (3-1, 2-0) then makes the first of four road trips to play ranked teams, when it takes on No. 12 Notre Dame (2-1) on Saturday. The game is a rematch of Stanford's 13-9 home upset of the No. 10 Irish on March 2, 2008. On the Net Upset Minded Strong Showing Stanford, Notre Dame in the Rankings Schmidt Earns Player of the Week Wednesday's Opponent: UC Davis The UC Davis Series Saturday's Opponent: Notre Dame The Notre Dame Series
Road games will be played at No. 5 Maryland (March 29), No. 6 Penn (May 2), No. 9 North Carolina (April 19), No. 12 Notre Dame (Saturday) and No. 13 Johns Hopkins (March 27). MPSF Tournament Coming to Stanford
If the 2003 tournament is any indication, the home field advantage could be big. That year, the Cardinal beat UC Davis in the semifinals, 19-3, and followed with a 15-14 championship victory over California. Stanford scored four late unanswered goals and got a clutch save from goalie Christina Saikus to preserve the victory. Season Highs
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Despite suffering its first loss, Stanford moved up one spot in the IWLCA coaches' poll, to No. 16, because of its strong performance in a 15-10 loss to No. 3 Syracuse on Friday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Stanford fell behind 4-0 and 8-3, but rallied for five consecutive goals from five different scorers in a 10-minute span to close out the first half. Leslie Foard tied the the game at 8-8 with 1:50 left in the half. However, Syracuse broke the game open at the outset of the second half with six unanswered goals, before Stanford gained two back from Ashley Aruffo and Maggie Sachs.
In a game postponed a day because of wet field conditions, Stanford improved to 3-0 with a 15-10 victory over visiting Albany on Wednesday. Dana Lindsay and Amanda Schwab scored two goals during a first-half scoring flurry to help Stanford build a lead it would not relinquish. Stanford trailed before closing the half with six unanswered goals to take a 7-2 lead. Lindsay broke the tie and was one of three Stanford players to score three goals each. Lauren Schmidt and Sarah Flynn were the others. The teams traded goals in the second half, but Albany never drew closer than four.
Stanford now holds the No. 16 spot in three of the four collegiate rankings sources (IWLCA coaches' poll, Inside Lacrosse media poll, and Lacrosse Magazine). Stanford moved into the womenslax.com rankings for the first time this week and now sits at No. 20. Notre Dame dropped one spot, from No. 11 to No. 12 in the IWLCA poll, which is the most widely accepted set of rankings. Notre Dame holds the No. 12 spot in all but womenslax.com, which has the Irish No. 13.
Stanford junior attack Lauren Schmidt is the reigning MPSF Player of the Week. Schmidt totaled five goals on only nine shots, and had two assists as Stanford beat Albany and lost to No. 3 Syracuse last week as the Cardinal stepped up in schedule strength. Schmidt tied for team-high goal-scoring honors in a 15-10 victory over Albany on Wednesday with three. She also had two assists, four caused turnovers and three draw controls. Though Stanford lost on Friday to Syracuse, 15-10, Schmidt scored two goals in a span of 1:40 to begin a rally from a 4-0 deficit that tied the score at 8-8 by halftime. Schmidt is tied for the team lead in scoring with 14 points (eight goals, six assists) and is back to the form she showed as a freshman, when she started every game and earned all-conference honors.
The contest against Stanford will be the home opener for UC Davis and the first lacrosse game played under the new lights of Aggie Stadium. UC Davis earned its first victory on Sunday, beating Saint Mary's, 14-13. Gina Hoffmire scored a career-high four goals, including the winner with 36 seconds left in overtime. She earned MPSF co-Player of the Week honors with Stanford's Lauren Schmidt. Hoffmire also posted one assist, four draw controls, three ground balls and caused two turnovers in the victory.
Stanford's rivalry with the Aggies dates back to their club days when they battled for Northern California championships. Stanford and UC Davis were the dominant teams of the Western Women's Lacrosse League in the early 1990s. In 1995, Stanford became the first women's Division I program in the West and UC Davis soon followed suit. They have remained conference rivals throughout their varsity histories.
Two days after a 21-5 loss to top-ranked Northwestern, Notre Dame earned a 14-11 victory over Ohio State on Sunday. Kailene Abt led the Irish with four goals and is tied for the team goal-scoring lead with eight, joining Shaylyn Blaney and Jillian Byers. Notre Dame (12-7 last season) finished second to Syracuse in the Big East Conference in 2008 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in seven years.
Their last meeting resulted in Stanford 13-9 upset victory over the No. 10 Irish on March 2, 2008. Megan McClain had four goals and goalkeeper Laura Shane had 17 saves and limited Notre Dame to only three second-half goals. The upset began an epic week for Stanford, which followed with a 10-8 victory over eventual NCAA finalist Penn, also Cagan Stadium. Notre Dame holds a 6-3 lead in the all-time series.
This season, the Cardinal will take on six of the IWLCA's current Top 20, including five among the current top 13. Of its games against ranked opponents, only two are at home: No. 3 Syracuse (a 15-10 loss Friday) and No. 20 Denver on April 10. Stanford also could face Denver at the MPSF tournament at Stanford April 23-26.
The conference tournament will be played at Stanford for the first time since 2003 when the Cardinal played in the Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League. This year's six-team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation event will be held from April 23-26 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, with the championship final scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.
Most Goals: 20, vs. Fresno State (2/12)
Most Goals in a Half: 16, vs. Fresno State (2/12)
Fewest Goals Allowed: 1, vs. Fresno State (2/12)
Fewest Goals Allowed, Half: 0 (first), vs. Fresno State (2/12)
On the Net
Stanford, Notre Dame in the Rankings
Schmidt Earns Player of the Week
Wednesday's Opponent: UC Davis
The UC Davis Series
Saturday's Opponent: Notre Dame
The Notre Dame Series
Road games will be played at No. 5 Maryland (March 29), No. 6 Penn (May 2), No. 9 North Carolina (April 19), No. 12 Notre Dame (Saturday) and No. 13 Johns Hopkins (March 27).
MPSF Tournament Coming to Stanford
If the 2003 tournament is any indication, the home field advantage could be big. That year, the Cardinal beat UC Davis in the semifinals, 19-3, and followed with a 15-14 championship victory over California. Stanford scored four late unanswered goals and got a clutch save from goalie Christina Saikus to preserve the victory.