May 7, 2005
Moraga, Calif. - Junior Megan Burker scored four goals, while junior Sarah Bach and senior Nina Pantano each recorded hat tricks to lead the No. 19 ranked Stanford women's lacrosse team to a 12-9 victory over California in the MPSF Championship game in Moraga on Saturday afternoon. Pantano was named as the tournament's MVP, and the Cardinal will now wait to see if they are selected for an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.
The Stanford defense stifled the Golden Bear attack in the first period, surrendering just a single goal in the game's first 30 minutes. Coach Michele Uhlfelder's squad set the tone early, as Bach scored on a free position shot just 1:09 into the contest. Pantano followed up Bach's goal with a free position score at the 3:25 mark, and Burker tallied just over a minute later to push the Cardinal lead to 3-0. Cal's Liz Reifsnyder got the Bears on the board with a goal on a free position shot at the 6:27 mark, but Pantano wrapped up the scoring for the half with an unassisted score with just over 20 minutes left in the period. Stanford entered the half time break with a 4-1 advantage.
The pace of the contest picked up in the second half, and Pantano wrapped up her hat trick with a goal just 1:13 into the period. Laura Cavallo answered back for Cal, but Burker put one in the back of the net for Stanford just 40 seconds later. The Cardinal offense continued to take charge, getting goals from Bach and freshman Daphne Patterson to push the Stanford lead to 8-2. The Golden Bears jumped back into the contest soon after Patterson's goal, as Danni Zuralow tallied twice to pull Cal within four with 20 minutes still remaining in the contest. Burker stemmed the tide with an unassisted score, but Zuralow wrapped up her hat trick with another goal at the 15:32 mark. The Cardinal offense stepped up to the challenge once again, as freshman Megan McClain assisted on Bach's third goal of the afternoon and Burker scored on a free position shot to give the Cardinal an11-5 advantage with 11:58 left in the game. The two team's then traded goals, with Reifsnyder tallying for Cal and sophomore Liz Piselli assisting on senior Kelsey Twist's first goal of the afternoon at the 19:01 mark. The Golden Bears began to attack effectively and scored three times in the game's final 10 minutes, but the Cardinal held off the late charge to seal the 12-9 win.
Burker led all scorers with four goals in the contest, while Bach and Pantano each recorded hat tricks. Twist and Patterson both pitched in with a goal apiece, while Bach led all players with a pair of assists. Junior Kinsey Morrison led the Stanford defense with four ground balls and one caused turnover. Reifsnyder and Zuralow each recorded hat tricks for the Bears, while Cavallo scored twice.
Freshman Laura Shane was solid in the cage once again, playing all 60 minutes and stopping seven Cal shots. Hilary Lynch played all 60 minutes in net for the Bears and made eight saves on the afternoon.
Pantano was named as the Most Valuable Player of the MPSF Tournament, while Bach, Twist, and Burker were also named to the All-Tournament Team.
Stanford wraps up the 2005 campaign with a 13-5 overall record, and will have to wait until Sunday to find out if the squad will earn an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The selections will be announced on College Sports Television between 6:00 and 7:00 pm (PT).
CAL................. 1 8 - 9
STAN................ 4 8 - 12
CAL SCORING: GOALS: Liz Reifsnyder 3; Danni Zuralow 3; Laura Cavallo 2; Molly
ASSISTS: Molly Brady 1; Laura Cavallo 1.
CAL - 25
STAN - 32
CAL - 16
STAN - 15
CAL - 13
STAN - 10
CAL - 3-10
CAL - 8
STAN - 7
CAL - 20
STAN - 30
CAL - 10
STAN - 10