April 17, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - Sophomore Michelle DeChant scored five goals and three different players registered hat tricks, as the Stanford women's lacrosse team closed out Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play with a 17-14 win over Denver at Maloney Field on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinal improves to 9-5 overall and 5-0 in MPSF contests, while the Pioneers fall to 4-11 and 2-2 in conference action.
Denver got on the board first as Kate Broderick tallied less than three minutes into the game. The Cardinal answered back immediately, with DeChant's first score tipping off a five-goal Stanford run that gave coach Uhlfelder's squad a 5-1 lead at the 18:51 mark. Included in the stretch were free position goals by senior Kelsey Twist and DeChant, as well as scores from junior Sarah Bach and sophomore Liz Piselli. Denver took back the momentum with a Crystal Jack goal to break the Cardinal run, and proceeded to reel off four of the game's next five goals to even the score at 6-6 with 5:04 remaining in the first half. Piselli scored her second goal of the game less than a minute later, and DeChant scored two straight goals followed by a Megan Burker tally to give the Cardinal a 10-6 advantage heading into the intermission.
The goals kept coming in the second period, with the two squads trading scores in the early going. Bach and freshman Megan McClain each tallied for the Cardinal, but Denver registered two straight goals before Burker's second score stemmed the tide. The Pioneers answered immediately with back-to-back goals from Jack and Tanya Fuchs to cut the Cardinal lead to 13-11 with 15:41 remaining in the contest. Stanford's offense kicked it into high gear, as Burker's third score of the afternoon set off a four-goal run that that put the contest out of reach. DeChant followed Burker's goal with her fifth tally of the game, while Bach and senior Nina Pantano also scored to lift the Cardinal to a 17-11 lead. Denver closed the gap in the last 10 minutes with three goals, including the fourth score on the afternoon from Steph Greenlees, but Stanford held on to post the 17-14 win.
DeChant's five goals in the contest is tied for the fourth highest single-game total in program history, and is tied for the highest total posted by a Stanford player this season. Seniors Kelsey Twist and Nina Pantano were honored prior to the game, and both played major parts in the victory. Pantano scored twice and assisted on two other goals, while Twist scored once and added three assists. Twist's score moved her into sole possession of second place on the Stanford career goals chart with 113. With the victory, Stanford sealed its fifth straight year of posting an undefeated mark in regular season conference play.
DeChant led all scorers with five goals, while Burker and Bach each recorded a hat trick. Denver was led by four goals from Greenlees, while Fuchs and Jack also recorded hat tricks.
Freshman goalkeeper Laura Shane produced another outstanding performance in the cage, making 14 saves. Denver's Steph Schneider and Becky Childs combined to make 13 saves for the Pioneers.
Stanford hits the road next weekend to take on Loyola in Baltimore on Saturday afternoon.
DENVER.............. 6 8 - 14
STAN................ 10 7 - 17
DENVER SCORING: GOALS: Greenlees, Steph 4; Jack, Crystal 3; Fuchs, Tanya 3;
Bourdelaise, Tara 2; Broderick, Kate 1; O'Connell, Kelly 1.
ASSISTS: Baines, Victoria 1; Fuchs, Tanya 1; Jack, Crystal 1.
STAN SCORING: GOALS: DeChant, Michelle 5; Bach, Sarah 3; Burker, Megan 3;
Pantano, Nina 2; Piselli, Liz 2; Twist, Kelsey 1; McClain, Megan 1.
ASSISTS: Twist, Kelsey 3; Pantano, Nina 2; Bach, Sarah 1; Piselli, Liz 1.
DENVER - 33
STAN - 35
DENVER - 6
STAN - 8
DENVER - 10
STAN - 16
DENVER - 3-7
STAN - 2-2
DENVER - 13
STAN - 14