March 28, 2005
Nashville, Tenn. - Senior Nina Pantano and sophomore Liz Piselli each scored three goals, but Vanderbilt got two late scores to hand the Stanford women's lacrosse team a 10-9 defeat in Nashville on Monday afternoon. With the loss, the Cardinal falls to 5-4 on the season, while the No. 19 ranked Commodores improve to 3-4.
Vanderbilt got on the board first, with Kate Hickman scoring a goal on a free position shot less than five minutes into the contest. Piselli equalized two minutes later with the first of her three scores to set off a five-goal Cardinal run that included a pair of scores by Pantano. Juniors Megan Burker and Sarah Bach also scored during the stretch, pushing the Cardinal lead to 5-1 after Pantano's second goal at the 3:04 mark. The Commodores finished the first period strong, however, scoring a pair of goals in the final two minutes to cut the Stanford lead to two.
The two squads traded goals to begin the second half, as Piselli scored her second goal with 23:50 remaining in the contest. Vanderbilt struck back with three straight goals before Piselli wrapped up her hat trick at the 14:57 mark to stem the tide and knot the game at seven. The Commodores re-took the lead with a Margie Curran goal with 13:20 left, and senior Kelsey Twist pulled the Cardinal even with her first goal of the game less than two minutes later. Pantano tallied her third goal by scoring on a free position shot to give the Cardinal a 9-8 lead with 8:56 remaining. Vanderbilt reclaimed the lead, getting goals from Hickman and Curran at the 6:41 and 5:25 marks, respectively, and held on down the stretch to record the victory.
Curran led all scorers with four goals on the afternoon, while Hickman scored three goals for Vanderbilt. Pantano and Piselli led the Cardinal with three goals apiece. Freshman goalkeeper Laura Shane collected seven saves in net, while Vanderbilt's Ashley Bastinelli made nine saves for the Commodores. Both teams attempted 23 shots, and the Cardinal converted on four-of-eight free position shot opportunities.
Stanford returns to The Farm to take on rival Cal at Maloney Field on Friday night at 7:30 pm. The Cardinal will be looking to avenge a narrow 11-10 loss to the Golden Bears in last season's MPSF championship game.
Stanford............ 5 4 - 9
Vanderbilt.......... 3 7 - 10
VANDERBILT SCORING: GOALS: CURRAN, Margie 4; HICKMAN, Kate 3; TAPSCOTT, Jennifer 2; SEDLACEK, Bryn 1. ASSISTS: TAPSCOTT, Jennifer 2; CURRAN, Margie 1; THRIFT, Kendall 1.
STAN - 23
Vanderbilt - 23
STAN - 16
Vanderbilt - 16
STAN - 9
Vanderbilt - 12
STAN - 7
Vanderbilt - 9