May 6, 2004
DENVER, Colo. - The Stanford University women's lacrosse team advanced to the championship game of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament with a convincing 17-3 win over the UC Davis Aggies. The Cardinal, who improve to 9-8 overall, will face the winner of the second semifinal contest between California and Denver in the MPSF Championship game on May 8th. The Aggies, the No. 2 ranked Division II school in the country, finish their season with an 11-5 record.
The Cardinal, the No. 1 seed in the MPSF Championship, set the tone in the first half, outscoring the Aggies 11-1 before halftime.
Senior Kim Cahill, junior Kelsey Twist and sophomore attacker Megan Burker each scored two goals in the first half. Also adding goals for the Cardinal in the first half were juniors Nina Pantano and Claire Calzonetti, sophomore Sarah Bach and freshmen Liz Piselli and Michelle DeChant.
The Cardinal picked up where they left off in the second half, scoring six unanswered goals after intermission. Burker got things started for the Cardinal in the second half by taking a pass from Bach and whipping a shot past UC Davis goalie Kristen Braasch to give Stanford a 12-1 advantage.
Senior Abbi Hills, junior Julia Calzonetti, Claire Calzonetti, Pantano, and Piselli tallied goals for the Cardinal in the second half. For the game, Burker collected three goals and two assists to lead the Cardinal. Piselli and Twist each added two scores and an assist, while Pantano found the back of the net two times.
Stanford dominated play by out-shooting the Aggies, 32-16, while scooping up 31 groundballs to 16 for the Aggies.
The Cardinal will now take on the winner of the California-Denver game in the MPSF Championship final on Saturday. Stanford won last season's MPSF Championship with a 15-14 victory over Cal in the title game.