May 5, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - The No. 19 ranked Stanford women's lacrosse team earned several Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors, as announced by the conference office on Thursday. Head coach Michele Uhlfelder was named as the MPSF Coach of the Year and freshman Laura Shane was tabbed as the conference's Goalkeeper of the Year, while Sarah Bach, Megan Burker, Thea Lorentzen, Nina Pantano, and Kelsey Twist were all named to the 2005 All-MPSF Women's Lacrosse Team.
Uhlfelder was named as the conference's Coach of the Year for the second straight season after sharing last year's honor with Cal's Jill Malko. Uhlfelder has led the Cardinal to an 11-5 overall record and a 5-0 mark in MPSF contests so far this season. In her five seasons on The Farm, Uhlfelder has posted a 58-30 record and has led Stanford lacrosse to national rankings in each of the last three seasons. In conference play, her squads have won 32 straight regular season contests, and have captured five league titles.
Shane received Goalkeeper of the Year honors for her performance as the leader of the Stanford defense. The Baltimore native has started all 16 games in the cage for the Cardinal and has collected 189 saves so far this season, the second highest single-season total in program history. Shane is currently ranked sixth in the nation with a .562 save percentage, and ranks second in the MPSF with a 9.24 goals against average. Shane is also tied for the team lead with 29 ground balls this season, and earned MPSF Player of the Week honors earlier this season.
Pantano earned All-MPSF honors for the second straight season after tallying 24 goals this season and adding four assists. One of the three captains of the 2005 Stanford squad, Pantano was voted by teammates as the team's most valuable midfielder and scored 10 of her goals against conference opposition. She scored four goals in games against Oregon and UConn earlier this season, and recorded a hat trick in a win over Cal in April. Pantano also scored with 18 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Cardinal to a road win over Notre Dame on April 10th.
Twist received All-MPSF recognition for the first time following a productive regular season in which she tied for the team lead with 17 assists. The Baltimore native has also scored 16 goals, moving into sole possession of second place on the Cardinal career list with 115 tallies. One of the team's three captains for the 2005 season, Twist ranks first on the Cardinal career assist chart with 69 and first on the list with 159 draw controls. Twist currently leads the team with 42 draw controls and ranks second on the squad with 15 caused turnovers.
Burker received All-Conference honors for the second straight season, and currently paces the Stanford squad with 43 points. The junior is tied for the team lead with 17 assists and ranks second on the squad with 26 goals, while attempting a team-high 65 shots. Burker has come on strong as of late, tallying 11 goals in the last three Stanford contests. One of the team's three captains for the 2005 season, Burker is tied for the team lead with seven free position goals and has recorded six multiple goal games this season.
Bach has emerged as the Cardinal's top goal scorer this season, scoring a team-high 34 times to move into a tie for 10th place on the Cardinal single-season chart. Bach was named as the MPSF Player of the Week twice this season, and has recorded nine multiple goal games. She scored a season-high five goals in a win over Saint Mary's in February, and tallied four goals in Cardinal victories over Oregon, Colgate, and Ohio State. The Baltimore native has come on strong as of late, tallying 13 goals during Stanford's recent five-game winning streak.
Lorentzen earned All-MPSF honors for the first time following a standout regular season in which she emerged as the leader of the Cardinal back line. The junior has started all 16 of Stanford's games this season, playing nearly every minute of every contest. The Greenwich, CT native has collected a team-high 29 ground balls this season, and paces the squad with 20 caused turnovers. Lorentzen tied a single-game program record with five caused turnovers in a win over Ohio State on April 30th.
The Cardinal will look to capture the conference title this weekend as the top seed in the MPSF Championship Tournament in Moraga. Stanford will play UC Davis in the MPSF semifinals at 2:00 pm on Friday. The Aggies advanced to the semifinals with a 7-6 win over Oregon on Thursday.