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Stanford Hosts Ohio And Hofstra
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/22/2004

March 22, 2004

Stanford (3-4/2-0) vs. Ohio (3-2) - 3:00 PM (PT)
Tuesday, March 23rd - Maloney Field - Stanford, Calif.

Stanford vs. Hofstra (3-2) - 2:00 PM (PT)
Friday, March 26th - Maloney Field - Stanford, Calif.

THIS WEEK: The Cardinal end their season-high six-game homestand this week when they host the Ohio Bobcats on Tuesday, March 23rd and the Hofstra Pride on Friday, March 26th. Both games will be played at Maloney Field.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINAL: Stanford looks to snap a four-game losing skid when it takes on the Ohio Bobcats on Tuesday ... Stanford has been on the losing end of three one-point games. The most recent heartbreaker was a 7-6 setback versus No. 11 ranked Dartmouth ... The Cardinal are receiving 13 votes in the latest IWLCA poll ... Stanford has faced Ohio and Hofstra only once before, defeating the Bobcats 17-8 during the 2000 season, but falling to the Pride, 18-5 in the same year ... Sophomore Megan Burker paces the Cardinal with 13 goals on the season, while senior Abbi Hills has found the back of the cage 10 times ... Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus has played well in the cage, registering 69 saves in seven games.

SENSATIONAL SAIKUS: Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus has registered 69 saves on the season and owns a save percentage of .627. Her 20 saves versus Ohio State rank as the second highest single-game total in the nation this season and ties her career-high.

TWIST WITH THE ASSIST: With a team-leading eight assists on the season, junior midfielder Kelsey Twist is Stanford's all-time assists leader with 48 in her three years on The Farm. The Baltimore, MD native tallied 12 assists in her freshman season, and a program single-season high 28 last year.

SCOUTING THE OHIO BOB CATS: The Ohio Bobcats head to The Farm with a 3-2 record on the season ... The Bobcats are coming off of a 20-10 win over Howard. In its win over Howard, Bobcat senior Becky Oxman scored a career-high seven goals on Saturday, tying the fourth-best single-game mark since the program's return to varsity status in 1999. Fellow senior midfielder Lynz Keys added four goals in the win ... Ohio has registered wins over Albany, Duquesne, and Howard, while its only losses are to North Carolina and John Hopkins ... The Bobcats play in the American Lacrosse Conference.

SCOUTING THE HOFSTRA PRIDE: Like the Bobcats, the Pride head to the West Coast with a 3-2 overall record ... Hofstra is coming off of an impressive 15-9 win over Boston College. Sophomores Heather Albro and Becky Thorn led the Pride versus Boston College, scoring four and three goals respectively ... Thorn paces the Hofstra offense with 10 goals on the year, while freshman attacker Kimberly Hillier leads the Pride in points with six goals and five assists ... Junior goalkeeper Lisa Papa has played every minute in every game so far this season, registering 43 saves on the season.

LAST TIME OUT: The Cardinal lost another heartbreaker, falling 7-6 to the No. 11 ranked Dartmouth Big Green. The loss marked the third one-goal defeat to a ranked opponent this season. The Cardinal jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, thanks to goals by junior Nina Pantano and senior Kim Cahill. Dartmouth would close out the half by scoring three straight unanswered goals in the final 14 minutes of the game. Down 3-2 coming out of the break, Stanford would tie things up at 3-3 just three minutes into the second half when sophomore Sarah Bach found a cutting Kelsey Twist. The Big Green responded with two quick strikes in the follow two minutes. Midway through the second half, Stanford would cut Dartmouth's lead to 5-4, when freshman Bryanne Gilkinson found senior midfielder Abbi Hills. But Dartmouth was able to respond with another quick strike just two minutes later to extend its lead to 6-4. The Cardinal would pull with in 6-5 on a free position goal by Bach, but the Big Green answer to give Dartmouth a 7-5 advantage. Stanford would cut the lead to 7-6 when sophomore Nyerr Parham found Twist with just 40 seconds remaining in regulation. The Cardinal pressed for the equalizing goal but Dartmouth was able to hold on for the win. Twist led the Cardinal attack with two goals and an assist, while Pantano, Cahill, Bach, and Hills all added one goal. Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus collected a game-high 13 saves on the day.

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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