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Stanford Lacrosse Hosts Final Home Games Of The Season
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/13/2005

April 13, 2005

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The Stanford University women's lacrosse team returns to The Farm for the last two home contests of the 2005 season this weekend. The Cardinal will host No. 19 ranked Yale on Friday night at Maloney Field before wrapping up Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season play against Denver on Sunday. The match up with Yale marks the third straight weekend in which Stanford has faced a top-20 ranked team, and the Cardinal can post an undefeated regular season conference mark for the fourth straight year with a victory over the Pioneers on Sunday.

This weekend marks the final home stand in the distinguished careers of Stanford's two four-year letterwinning seniors, Nina Pantano and Kelsey Twist. The two midfielders have contributed to the growth of the Stanford lacrosse program throughout their four years on The Farm. Both players became starters as freshman and have started in all 66 Stanford lacrosse matches since the 2002 season. Twist enters the weekend in fourth place on the Cardinal career goals list with 110 career scores, while Pantano is in fifth place with 97 career tallies.

Goalkeeper Laura Shane was named as the MPSF Co-Player of the Week along with Cal's Liz Reifsnyder, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Shane continued to be a rock in the Stanford defense over the weekend, as the Cardinal went 1-1 against No. 1 ranked Northwestern and Notre Dame. The freshman entered the week as the nation's leader with a .595 save percentage, and turned in another double-digit save performance against the top-ranked Wildcats, turning away 10 Northwestern shots. Shane continued to excel against Notre Dame on Sunday, leading the Cardinal to a 6-5 victory. The Irish out-shot Stanford by a 26-19 margin, but Shane led the Cardinal defense with 14 saves. For the weekend, the Baltimore native made 24 saves and collected five ground balls. Shane is the second Cardinal player to receive MPSF Player of the Week recognition, with Sarah Bach taking home the honors on February 21st.

Stanford went 1-1 on a two-game Midwest swing last weekend, falling to No. 1 ranked Northwestern 16-3 on Friday before registering a 6-5 victory over Notre Dame on Sunday. The Wildcats had three different players register hat tricks in Friday's game, with Lindsey Munday scoring three goals and assisting on three other scores. Freshman goalkeeper Laura Shane was outstanding in the cage against Northwestern, registering 10 saves and collecting four ground balls. Sarah Bach, Kelsey Twist, and Megan McClain each scored one goal for the Cardinal. Senior Nina Pantano scored a goal with 18 seconds remaining in regulation to break a 5-5 tie and lift Stanford to a 6-5 victory over Notre Dame on Sunday. Six different players tallied goals for the Cardinal, with Pantano, Twist, Bach, McClain, Megan Burker, and Liz Piselli each tallying goals. Stanford entered the half time break with a 4-3 lead, and Notre Dame scored twice in the second period to even the game at 5-5 late in the contest before Pantano's score gave the Cardinal the victory. The Irish out-shot Stanford by a 26-19 margin, but Shane turned away 14 Notre Dame shots to lead the Cardinal defense.

Yale enters the weekend with a 5-5 mark and a No. 19 ranking in the most recent IWLCA Coaches poll. The Bulldogs dropped to 1-3 in Ivy League play last weekend with an 11-5 loss to No. 3 ranked Princeton. Lauren Taylor has carried the scoring load for Yale, tallying a team-high 24 goals this season. Katherine Sargent has chipped in with 19 scores. Lonnie Sarnell and Ellen Cameron have split time in goal for the Bulldogs this season, with each player having seen action in five contests. Cameron leads the team with 40 saves.

Denver is currently riding a two-game winning streak, as the Pioneers posted a 16-2 MPSF conference win over Saint Mary's last weekend and knocked off Regis University by a 19-3 margin on Monday. Denver improved to 4-10 and 2-1 in MPSF play with the wins. The scoring duo of Steph Greenless and Crystal Jack leads the team with 30 and 27 goals, respectively. The pair accounted for 11 of the team's scores against Regis. Denver will be looking for its first victory over the Cardinal since the 2000 season this weekend.

Stanford will be looking to improve to 5-0 in MPSF conference play when Denver comes to Maloney Field on Sunday. The Cardinal have not lost a regular season conference contest since MPSF play began last season, posting an 8-0 record and a 9-1 mark including MPSF tournament games. Stanford was also undefeated in the Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League, which was the precursor to the MPSF. In two seasons of MPLL play in 2002 and 2003, Stanford recorded an 18-0 mark and collected two league championships. The program has not lost a regular season conference game since the 2000 season, when the squad fell to Cal by an 8-7 score in the season finale before going on to win the Western Women's Lacrosse League title for the third straight season. The Cardinal are currently in the midst of a 30-game winning streak in regular season conference contests, including games played in the WWLL, MPLL, and MPSF leagues.

Junior Sarah Bach was named as the first MPSF Player of the Week for 2005 after leading the Cardinal to three MPSF conference wins to open the season. In Stanford's 14-5 win over Saint Mary's, the attacker paced all scorers with five goals and an assist on eight shots. The five goals and six points marked a career-high for the junior. Bach followed up the performance with a pair of goals on just three shots in Stanford's 11-4 win over UC Davis. In the Cardinal's season-opening win over Oregon, Bach scored four goals to lead Stanford to a 19-6 victory.

Senior Kelsey Twist earned a pair of national honors after the first week of the season, receiving honorable mention Player of the Week recognition from both Inside Lacrosse Magazine and In the Cardinal wins over Saint Mary's and UC Davis, Twist tallied four goals and added seven assists as the team improved to 3-0 to start the season. The senior scored two goals and recorded two assists against the Gaels, and scored twice with a career-high five assists against UC Davis. The five assists broke the Stanford single-game assist mark of four, set by Hedy Born during the 2000 season.

Michele Uhlfelder, entering her fifth 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. 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. 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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