Oct. 13, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford women's lacrosse coach Amy Bokker announced the 2010 schedule on Tuesday. The schedule includes nine home games to be played at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium as well as a difficult road schedule.
The Stanford women will play a challenging schedule that includes five teams from last year's NCAA tournament. They will open their home season against the defending national champion, Northwestern, on Feb. 26.
Last season the Cardinal finished 14-4 and won its fifth consecutive MPSF title, but were not selected for the NCAA tournament. In 2010, they will look to continue to raise the reputation of West Coast lacrosse as they seek their second NCAA bid in program history and first since 2006.
In addition to Northwestern, the Cardinal will face returning tournament teams Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Maryland and Towson. Vanderbilt will travel to Stanford on Sunday, March 7, but the Cardinal will have to face the other three opponents on the road.
The difficulty of the schedule should allow Stanford to prove they belong in the NCAA tournament if they can beat some of the nation's top teams.
Conference play begins Friday, April 2, when they travel to the Central Valley to face Fresno State. A week later they face Bay Area rival, California, also on the road. The home conference season opens Friday, April 16, when Oregon comes to town. Saint Mary's and UC Davis make up the rest of the home conference schedule.
Stanford will seek its sixth consecutive MPSF tournament title beginning Thursday, April 29. This season the University of Denver will host the competition.
Check out the full 2010 Stanford women's lacrosse schedule HERE