March 18, 2008
Stanford, Calif. -
Stanford Lacrosse This Week:
Sat, Mar. 22- No. 10 Stanford vs. No. 3 Maryland (7-1, 2-1 ACC), 1:00 p.m.
Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
Stanford women's lacrosse will finish off a four-game stretch at home that has covered the last three weeks by hosting the third-ranked Maryland Terrapins. The game will take place at Laird Q. Cagan stadium and will begin at 1:00 p.m. Maryland has gotten off to another hot start and sit at 7-1 and have defeated four teams ranked in the Top 20. Their only blemish on the season is a 14-13 loss to No. 2 Duke. The Terrapins have defeated No. 2 Virginia, No. 12 Johns Hopkins.
On the Horizon:
After the one match this week, the Cardinal head to the east coast the following weekend to face William and Mary and James Madison. They will first travel to Williamsburg, Va. to take on the Tribe on Tues., Mar. 25 at 4:00 p.m. and then they will head to Harrisonburg, Va. to take on James Madison on Sat., Mar. 29 at 9:00 a.m.
The Cardinal kicked off the 2008 season with a 14-6 victory over LeMoyne, a 2007 NCAA Tournament participant. The Cardinal only lead 4-3 at halftime, but scored 10 goals in the second half to break open a close game and coast to the eight-goal victory. The Cardinal then hosted Oregon, an MPSF rival who finished second in conference last season, and came away with an 8-7 victory. The Cardinal continued their strong play when they recorded a 13-7 victory over UC Davis on Wednesday night. Stanford played their first road contest of the season in Dallas against Duke, and was unable to upend the Devils, falling 16-9. After returning back to California, Stanford was unable to defeat the Golden Bears in Berkeley, Calif. by the score of 11-9. The Cardinal returned home the following weekend and upset the No. 10 ranked Notre Dame Irish by the score of 13-9. Stanford then continued their impressive run with two more wins against east coast schools. The Cardinal defeated Boston College 14-10 and then knocked off No. 6 Penn by the score of 10-8. This leaves Stanford with a 6-2 record and a 2-1 mark in MPSF competition.
10th in IWLCA Rankings:
The Cardinal has had a rapid ascension in the IWLCA rankings after starting the season unranked. Stanford has risen to No. 10 after spending the previous two weeks ranked 11th and 20th. Northwestern earned all 20 first-place votes to stay at the top of the rankings. Virginia, Maryland, Princeton and Duke rounded out the top five.
Four Goals for McClain:
Senior Megan McClain came up big against No. 10 Notre Dame when she scored four goals for the Cardinal, including three in the first half. McClain followed that performance up with a five-goal week against Boston College and No. 6 Penn. McClain now is second on the team with 15 goals on the season and has started every game this season.
Lindsay Showing Consistency:
Sophomore Dana Lindsay has been consistent in the eight games this season for the Cardinal by scoring two goals in the first two matches and adding two goals against No. 10 Notre Dame and three goals against Boston College. She now has 14 goals on the season, which is third on the team. The Cleveland Heights, OH native scored 12 goals as a freshman and has already eclipsed that mark in 2008.
Three in a Row?:
Senior Laura Shane is on her way to another All-American season, with 99 saves and a .572 save percentage through eight games. Shane recorded a season-high 17 saves against No. 10 Notre Dame in the 13-9 Cardinal victory and 17 more in the victory over Boston College. The two-time All-American has allowed just 9.25 goals per game and has played all 480 minutes in goal for the Cardinal on the year.
Shane on Tewaarton Watch List:
The Women's Selection Committee has named their preseason "watch list" and Stanford goalkeeper Laura Shane is one of the 50 players named. The players on this list were nominated by coaches across all three divisions and are early season hopefuls for the 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy sponsored by Warrior.
Second MPSF Player of the Week for Shane......:
Senior Laura Shane earned her second MPSF Player Of the Week for the week of Fe. 25-Mar. 2 after her strong game against No. 10 Notre Dame. Shane was previously named MPSF Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4- Feb. 10 for her 14 saves in Stanford's 8-7 victory over Oregon.
....And for Patterson:
Senior attack Daphne Patterson also earned her second MPSF Player of the Week for the week of Mar. 3-Mar. 9 after scoring three goals against Boston College and No. 6 Penn. Patterson also won the MPSF Player of the Week award during the first week of the season when the Cardinal defeated LeMoyne 14-6.
No Adjustment for K. Nesbitt:
Freshman Karen Nesbitt has adjusted to college lacrosse very nicely as she has scored eight goals and three assists on the season. Nesbitt, a native of Cincinnati, OH, had her best game of the season against Duke by finding the net twice and adding an assist against the third-ranked team in the country. She also scored another goal at California.
Schwab Nets Game-Winner:
Sophomore Amanda Schwab stepped up in a big way off the bench in the 8-7 victory over Oregon by scoring the game-winning goal for the Cardinal with 10:37 left. Schwab played in seven games off the bench as a freshman and scored six goals in her playing time.
If You Give......:
Sophomore Claire Hubbard helped get everyone involved by dishing out three assists in the game against Oregon. Hubbard appeared in 13 games last season, all off the bench, scored three goals, and dished out two assists. Hubbard now has a team-leading 10 assists through eight games.
....Then You Shall Receive:
Hubbard continued her strong season by scoring three goals in the victory over UC Davis. Hubbard now leads the team in points with 11, scoring three goals and adding four assists.
Into the Record Books:
Senior Daphne Patterson got her 2008 season started off quickly by scoring six goals in the victory over LeMoyne. Five of those goals were scored in the second half and her six goals for the game tied the school-record for goals in a game. Patterson is coming off of a 33-goal junior season and will lead the attack for the Cardinal in 2008, she has 17 goals on the season.
Strong Senior Class:
The Cardinal is led by a strong senior class that returns the team's leading scorer last season in Daphne Patterson and IWLCA All-American goalkeeper Laura Shane. Patterson, an All-MPSF selection, finished with 33 goals last season and Shane recorded 190 saves last season, to go along with a .534 save percentage. The Cardinal also returns sophomore midfielder Lauren Schmidt, who was another All-MPSF selection in 2007 after scoring 25 goals in her rookie season. Third leading scorer, Megan McClain, also returns to the team after her 24-goal junior campaign.
Maryland is led by head coach Cathy Reese, who is in her 2nd season coaching the Terrapins. A 1998 graduate of Maryland, Reese led Maryland to a 16-4 campaign in 2007, and has started this season 7-1 thus far. Maryland comes into the season led by senior attack Kelly Kasper, who has 19 goals and 15 assists on the season to lead the team with 34 points. In net, the Terrapins will send Allie Boute, who has a .450 save percentage so far through nine games.
Terrapin leading scorer Kelly Kasper is the younger sister of current Stanford co-Head Coach Jen Kasper. The younger Kasper leads Maryland with 34 points and is tied for the team lead with 15 assists. The elder Kasper came to Stanford this season after a standout career at the University of Maryland- Baltimore County.