Feb. 26, 2004
No. 14 Stanford (3-0/2-0) vs. No. 9 Ohio St. (0-0/0-0) - 7:00 PM (PT)
February 27th - Maloney Field - Stanford, Calif.
No. 14 Stanford vs. No. 17 Notre Dame (0-0/0-0) - 12:00 PM (PT)
February 29th - Maloney Field - Stanford, Calif.
The Cardinal return to The Farm for a season-high six-game homestand. Stanford opens up the homestand with two big games as the Cardinal play host to No. 9 Ohio State on Friday, February 27th for a 7:00 pm (PT) contest before No. 17 Notre Dame comes calling on the 29th for a noon showdown. Both games will be played on Maloney Field on the Stanford University campus.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINAL
The Cardinal are off to a 3-0 start for the second straight season ... Stanford will look to push its season-opening record to 5-0 when they take on No. 9 Ohio State on Feb. 27th and No. 17 Notre Dame on Feb. 29th ... The Cardinal have started a season 4-0 on four different occasions, including last season when Stanford went on to a 14-4 overall record ... Through the first three games, Stanford has out-scored its opponents 37-19 ... With two wins versus conference opponents so far this season, Stanford has complied a perfect 24-0 record versus league foes dating back to the 2001 season ... Since 1997, the Cardinal have registered a 25-11 record when playing on The Farm.
A LOOK BACK
The Cardinal went 2-0 last week and improved their season record to a perfect 3-0 with wins over Saint Mary's and Cal. Stanford slipped by a scrappy Saint Mary's College team, 13-9 on Feb. 16th at a wet and soggy Maloney Field. The Gaels gave the Cardinal all they could handle in the first half. Three goals by the Cardinal in the final five minutes of the first half gave Stanford a slim 8-7 lead at halftime. Stanford remained the aggressor coming out of the locker rooms, scoring the first three goals of the second half. Sophomore attacker Sarah Bach scored the first two for the Cardinal, while sophomore Megan Burker made a beautiful pass to a cutting Abbi Hills to give Stanford some breathing room at 11-7. The Cardinal's defense clamped down on the SMC offense in the second half, allowing only a pair of goals by Colette Spencer. Stanford was led by Bach and Hills, who each tallied three scores, while Burker and junior Kelsey Twist each found the back of the cage twice. The Cardinal then made the short trip to Berkeley to face the Cal Bears. Behind three goals from senior attacker Kim Cahill, and two apiece from senior midfielder Abbi Hills and sophomore attacker Megan Burker, the Cardinal improved its all-time record versus Cal to 11-3 with a 9-6 win over the Bears. Cahill and Burker found the back of the net twice in the first half, while Hills and Bach each tallied one goal to give Stanford a 6-2 lead heading into the break. Solid defense and timely goal scoring in the second half lifted the Cardinal to the win.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State opens its 2004 season with a west coast trip, playing first at Stanford on Friday, February 27th and then at California on the 29th ... The Buckeyes are ranked No. 9 in the preseason IWLCA poll ... In 2003, the Buckeyes won a program record 14 games, captured the American Lacrosse Conference championship, and appeared in their second consecutive NCAA Championship where they advanced to the quarterfinals ... Ohio State returns 2003 ALC Player of the Year Regina Oliver. Oliver, a junior midfielder, scored a team-high 43 goals and added 13 assists. She was named a first team All-American by Inside Lacrosse and named to the second team by IWLCA ... The Cardinal and the Buckeyes are deadlocked at 2-2 in the all-time series. The first three meetings in the series were at neutral sites. Stanford captured the first-ever meeting between the two teams in 1996, before Ohio State rolled off back-to-back wins in 1997 and 1998. The two teams renewed acquaintances in 2003, and the Cardinal defeated the Buckeyes, 11-10 in Columbus, Ohio.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING IRISH
Like the Buckeyes, the Irish open their 2004 season on the road, playing first at Cal on February 27th before heading down to The Farm on the 29th ... Notre Dame, who finished the 2003 season with an 8-7 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the Big East, begins the season with a No. 17 preseason ranking ... The Irish are picked to finished third in the Big East in the preseason coaches poll ... Notre Dame will need top replace seven graduated players, including all-time leading scorer Danielle Shearer ... The Irish will be led by Meredith Simon and Crysti Foote who each scored 27 goals in 2003 ... The Irish defense is led by 2003 third team All-American Andrea Kinnik ... Notre Dame and Stanford have meet four times with the Irish holding a 3-1 edge in the all-time series. The Cardinal collected their first win over the Irish last season at Notre Dame in a thrilling 14-13 double overtime contest.
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.