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No. 20 Stanford Hosts No. 5 Loyola
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/21/2004

April 21, 2004

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No. 20 Stanford (8-6) vs. No. 5 Loyola (12-2) - 1:00 PM (PT)
Saturday, April 24th - Maloney Field - Stanford, Calif.

THIS WEEK
The Cardinal return to The Farm after posting a 1-1 record on the road last weekend. Stanford will host the No. 5 ranked Loyola College Greyhounds on Saturday at 1:00 pm at Maloney Field. This weekend's game marks the home finale for the Cardinal.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINAL
Stanford enters the weekend with a 8-6 overall record and a 4-0 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play ... The Cardinal will be the top seed in next month's MPSF Championship ... Stanford is ranked No. 20 in the latest IWLCA poll ... The Cardinal have posted a 5-5 record at Maloney Field this season. Since 1997, the Cardinal have posted a 30-16 record at home ... The Cardinal and the Greyhounds' game last year was the first meeting between the two schools. Loyola edged the Cardinal, 9-5 at Maloney Field ... The Cardinal have faced the nation's best in 2004. This weekend's game versus Loyola represents Stanford's seventh game versus a ranked opponent this season ... With five more goals over the weekend, senior Abbi Hills leads the team with 30 goals on the season and has scored 112 goals in her four years on The Farm, good for second most in Stanford history ... The Cardinal boast a balanced attack with six players having scored 14 or more goals this season ... Stanford ranks 15th in the country in scoring defense, allowing 8.43 goals per game.

SENSATIONAL SAIKUS
Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus has registered 127 saves on the season and ranks eighth in the country in save percentage (.572) and 13th in goals against average (8.12). Her 20 saves versus Ohio State rank as the ninth highest single-game total this season.

SENIOR SEND-OFF
This weekend's game versus Loyola marks the last home game for this year's Cardinal class. Kim Cahill, Tiffany Chao, Larissa Conte, Katie Grube, Abbi Hills and Christina Saikus comprise Stanford's senior class. They have helped put Stanford women's lacrosse on the map. Their accomplishments include helping the Cardinal capture four consecutive league titles, helped Stanford become the first-ever West Coast school to achieve a national ranking and the first to ever garner a preseason national ranking.

SCOUTING THE LOYOLA GREYHOUNDS
The Greyhounds head to The Farm with an impressive 12-2 record and a No. 5 national ranking ... Loyola's only two losses this season have come to top-ranked Princeton (9-5) and No. 7 ranked Virginia (12-11) ... Prior to their setback versus the Cavaliers, the Greyhounds had won their last nine games ... Rachel Shuck broke the Loyola career assist record with two assists against Virginia to give her 81 assists for her career ... Loyola has posted a 7-1 road record this season ... Sydney Greene leads the Greyhounds with 36 goals, while Shuck leads the team in assists with 29. Kim Lawton and Cindy Nicolaus have split time in the cage, with each logging 420 minutes. Nicolaus leads the team in saves (93) and save percentage (.624).

LAST WEEK
The Cardinal posted a 1-1 record on their trip to the East Coast. Stanford fell, 9-5 at Duke, but bounced back to crush Davidson, 16-5. Senior midfielder Abbi Hills continued to provide an offensive spark for the Cardinal, scoring five goals on the weekend. Hills added two goals versus the Blue Devils and registered a first half hat-trick versus the Wildcats. Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus collected 11 saves in the loss to Duke. In the win over the Wildcats, Hills scored three first half goals to help the Cardinal build an insurmountable 9-1 half time lead. Sophomore Sarah Bach and freshman Michelle DeChant each had a game-high two assists to go along with one goal scored apiece. Juniors Nina Pantano and Claire and Julia Calzonetti each tallied two goals apiece in the win.

HILLS NAMED MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Two Stanford players have garnered Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week honors in senior Abbi Hills and junior Kelsey Twist. Hills was named the MPSF Player of the Week for her performance during the week of March 22-28th, while Twist earned the weekly honor the following week (29th-April 4th). Hills led Stanford to a 3-0 record and helped the Cardinal clinch the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MPSF women's lacrosse Championship. For the week, Hills scored an amazing 11 goals, including six in Stanford's big 16-5 win over Denver, which clinched the top seed in the MPSF Championship. Twisted turned in an all-around solid performance in the Cardinal's 15-12 overtime win over Cal, scoring four goals and adding an assist, while also registering six draw controls, three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

STANFORD'S UHLFELDER HONORED
Stanford University women's lacrosse Head Coach Michele Uhlfelder was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Uhlfelder, one of 11 inductees, was honored with a Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony on Saturday, January 31st at The Grand Lodge and Masonic Temple in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Each year, the Greater Baltimore Lacrosse Chapter inducts men and women who have made significant contributions to the game of lacrosse in the Baltimore area. Uhlfelder has strong ties to the area with the majority of her family still living there. She grew up in Baltimore and played lacrosse at Pikesville High School in Baltimore and at the University of Maryland, where she was selected a First Team All-American in 1991.

STANFORD GARNERS FIRST-EVER PRESEASON RANKING
The Stanford University women's lacrosse team earned the program's first-ever preseason national top 20 ranking, coming in at No. 14 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll and No. 19 in Lacrosse Magazine's annual preseason listings. Stanford is the only west coast school to ever earn a top 20 national ranking (preseason or regular season). The Cardinal, who return 18 letterwinners from last year's 14-4 team, captured its sixth consecutive league title in 2003 and finished the season ranked No. 15 in the final IWLCA poll.

THE UHLFELDER FILE
Michele Uhlfelder, entering her fourth 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. Uhlfelder isn't just attracting the best and the brightest student-athletes to The Farm, but has also assembled one of the best coaching staffs in the country. Last season, Uhlfelder's staff made history when they became the first lacrosse program ever to boast three World Cup players as coaches. 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. She started all seven games and was the third highest scorer on the American team, ranking sixth among all scorers at the World Cup. Uhlfelder is still very much involved with the 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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