April 1, 2008
Stanford, Calif. -
Stanford Lacrosse This Week:
Fri, Apr. 4- No. 16 Stanford vs. St. Mary's (2-9), 7:00 p.m. PST
Sun, Apr. 6- No. 16 Stanford vs. No. 11 Boston University (8-2), 1:00 p.m. PST
Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, Stanford, Calif.
No. 16 Stanford women's lacrosse comes home after a weekend on the road and will take on the St. Mary's Gaels and No. 11 Boston University Terriers in their final home weekend of the season. Both games will be played at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium and will be the final games at home for Stanford's seven seniors. The St. Mary's match will take place on Friday, Apr. 4 at 7:00 p.m. and the Boston University match will take place on Sunday, Apr. 6 at 1:00 p.m. Boston University is currently on a five-game winning streak and has beaten four teams with winning records.
On the Horizon
The Cardinal will spend the rest of the season on the road after this weekend and will play three out of their next four against teams on the east coast. The Cardinal will play road games at Vermont and Cornell next Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 12 and 13. Both games have early starts beginning at 9:00 a.m PST.
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. Stanford has since dropped their last three contests to No. 3 Maryland, William & Mary and James Madison. This leaves Stanford with a 6-5 record and a 2-1 mark in MPSF competition.
Shane Among Nation's Leaders
Senior Laura Shane is well on her way to another All-American season as she is second nationally in saves with 134, behind only Kari Morrison of Virginia Tech who has 160 saves. Shane is also second nationally with a .554 save percentage. She has recorded 17 saves four times this year, most recently in a loss to No. 3 Maryland. The two-time All-American has allowed just 9.82 goals per game and has played all 660 minutes in goal for the Cardinal on the year.
McClain Having Another Big Season
Senior Megan McClain scored two goals against James Madison and is currently third on the team with 17 goals. McClain now has 62 career goals and is seven goals away from becoming one of the top 10 goal scorers in Stanford women's lacrosse history.
Lindsay Showing Consistency
Sophomore Dana Lindsay continues to be one of the most consistent scorers in 2008, as she is second on the team in goals with 18 on the season. She also has five assists on the year and is second in points on the team with 23. Lindsay scored in each game last weekend as she scored a goal against William & Mary and two goals against James Madison.
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.
Third MPSF Player of the Week for Shane......
Senior Laura Shane earned her third MPSF Player Of the Week for the week of Mar. 17-Mar. 24 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 has gotten everyone involved this season and is leading the team with 11 assists on the year. Hubbard had two assists all of last season.
....Then You Shall Receive
Hubbard also added to her scoring by finding the net against James Madison and William & Mary. Hubbard now third on the team in points with 20, scoring nine goals and adding 11 assists. She has also started every game this season.
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 also scored six goals last weekend against William & Mary and James Madison. Patterson is coming off of a 33-goal junior season and will lead the attack for the Cardinal in 2008, she has 26 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.
Scouting St. Mary's
St. Mary's is led by a balanced attack that has seen five players score 10 goals or more in the 2008 season. The three leading scorers are redshirt junior Chloe Dee, junior P.J. Hainley, and sophomore Alana Burrough; all three have scored 14 goals on the season. In goal, the Gaels will send out junior Hilary Gardner who has a 16.21 goals-against-average on the season. She also has a .411 save percentage.
Scouting Boston University
Boston University brings a high-powered offense to Stanford having scored 145 goals on the season. Junior Sarah Dalton leads the team with 31 goals in just eight games and senior Lauren Morton is right behind with 28 goals. The Terriers also have four other players with 10 goals or more. In goal, the Terriers send sophomore Rachel Klein, who has a 9.58 goals-against-average on the season. She also has a .497 save percentage.