May 8, 2004
DENVER, Colo. - The Stanford University women's lacrosse team fell to California, 11-10, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship game. The Cardinal fall to 9-9 on the season, while the Bears improve to 10-8 overall.
The Bears scored two goals in the final 38 seconds to rally for the win. With just 38 seconds remaining in regulation, Cal's senior attacker Colleen O'Mara received a pass from Julianne Wu and whipped a shot past Stanford goalkeeper Christina Saikus to tie the score at 10-10. Thirty-two seconds later, the Bears' Leanne Zilioli found the back of the cage to give Cal the lead and secure the MPSF Championship.
In an evenly played match, the two teams went into halftime tied at 4-4. Stanford struck first when sophomore Sarah Bach found sophomore attacker Megan Burker at the 28:37 mark for a 1-0 Cardinal lead.
The Bears tied things up on Sunne Smith's free position goal.
Senior Kim Cahill put the Cardinal back up by one with an unassisted goal to make the score 2-1.
After two consecutive goals by Cal put the Bears up 3-2, Stanford regained the lead on back-to-back goals by freshmen Elizabeth Piselli and Michelle DeChant. Cassie Harvey found a cutting Piselli for the Cardinal's third goal of the day at the 7:53 mark. Less than a minute later, DeChant added a free position goal to give the Cardinal the lead at 4-3.
With the score tied at 4-4 after the break, the Cardinal set the tone early in the second half, striking for two goals in the first four minutes after intermission. Piselli notched her second goal of the day with an unassisted goal at the 28:32 mark, while junior midfielder Kelsey Twist fired a free position shot past Cal goalie Hilary Lynch with 26 minutes remaining in the second half.
The Bears went on a 3-1 run over the next eight minutes to tie the score at 7-7. The lone goal by the Cardinal during that stretch was an unassisted goal by Bach.
Stanford would regain the lead on Burker's second goal of the day, but Jocelyn Paul's goal at the 8:50 mark would knot things up at 8-8.
The Cardinal would open up a two-goal lead on consecutive goals from Burker and junior Claire Calzonetti. Burker's third goal of the day was unassisted and gave Stanford a slim, 9-8 lead. Moments later, Burker setup Calzonetti for Stanford's 10th goal of the game.
From then on, it was all Cal, with Laura Cavallo scoring a goal to cut Stanford's lead to 10-9, before O'Mara's and Zilioli's heroics captured the MPSF title for Cal.
Burker led the Cardinal with three goals and an assist, while Piselli added two scores. Saikus tallied a game-high 12 saves in the match.
Burker, Piselli, Cahill and Saikus were named to the MPSF All-Tournament Team.