April 12, 2005
Woodland, Calif. - Goalkeeper Laura Shane has been named as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Co-Player of the Week along with Cal's Liz Reifsnyder, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. The freshman currently ranks seventh in the nation with a .583 save percentage, and has started all 12 games in the cage for the Cardinal this season.
Shane continued to be a rock in the Stanford defense over the weekend, as the Cardinal went 1-1 on a Midwest road trip against No. 1 ranked Northwestern and Notre Dame. The freshman entered the week as the nation's leader with a .595 save percentage, and turned in another double-digit save performance against the top-ranked Wildcats on Friday by stopping 10 Northwestern shots. Shane continued to excel against Notre Dame on Sunday, leading the Cardinal to a 6-5 victory. The Irish out-shot the Cardinal by a 26-19 margin, but Shane led the Stanford defense with 14 saves. Shane also collected four ground balls against Northwestern and one ground ball against Notre Dame. For the weekend, the Baltimore native made 24 saves and collected five ground balls. She now has 140 saves on the season.
Shane is the second Cardinal player to receive MPSF Player of the Week recognition, with Sarah Bach taking home the honors on February 21st. Shane is the first goalkeeper to earn the weekly accolade this season.
The Cardinal returns to The Farm for the final home contests of the 2005 season this weekend, as the squad takes on Yale on Friday night and matches up with Denver for an MPSF contest on Sunday afternoon.