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Stanford Begins MPSF Tournament On Wednesday With St. Mary's
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/29/2008

April 29, 2008

Stanford, Calif. -
Stanford Lacrosse This Week:
2008 MPSF Tournament
Sun, Apr. 30- Stanford vs. St. Mary's, 3:00 p.m. PST
Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.

This Week:
Stanford women's lacrosse will open up their postseason with a first round matchup against the St. Mary's Gaels in the 2008 MPSF Conference Tournament. The Cardinal will take on St. Mary's in a match that will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 30 at 3:00 p.m at Memorial Stadium on the campus of California-Berkeley. The Cardinal faced St. Mary's earlier this season and won 20-3 back in February at Cagan Stadium.

On the Horizon:
If the Cardinal is able to beat the Gaels, they will earn themselves a 2nd round matchup against host California. Stanford lost a close match earlier this season at Memorial Stadium by the score of 11-9. The game would be scheduled for Thursday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m.

This Season:
The Cardinal kicked off the 2008 season with a 14-6 victory over LeMoyne, a 2007 NCAA Tournament participant. The Cardinal only lead 4-3 at halftime, but scored 10 goals in the second half to break open a close game and coast to the eight-goal victory. The Cardinal then hosted Oregon, an MPSF rival who finished second in conference last season, and came away with an 8-7 victory. The Cardinal continued their strong play when they recorded a 13-7 victory over UC Davis on Wednesday night. Stanford played their first road contest of the season in Dallas against Duke, and was unable to upend the Devils, falling 16-9. After returning back to California, Stanford was unable to defeat the Golden Bears in Berkeley, Calif. by the score of 11-9. The Cardinal returned home the following weekend and upset the No. 10 ranked Notre Dame Irish by the score of 13-9. Stanford then continued their impressive run with two more wins against east coast schools. The Cardinal defeated Boston College 14-10 and then knocked off No. 6 Penn by the score of 10-8. Stanford has since dropped their last three contests to No. 3 Maryland, William & Mary and James Madison. The Cardinal followed this up with a 1-1 weekend against St. Mary's and Boston University. A trip to New York followed and the team earned a split against Vermont and Cornell. The Cardinal then resume their MPSF conference schedule against Denver and dropped a 13-9 decision. Stanford wrapped up their season with an 11-10 road victory at Dartmouth. This leaves Stanford with an 9-8 record and a 3-2 mark in MPSF competition, which was good for the third seed in conference tournament play.

Shane Among Nation's Leaders:
Senior Laura Shane is well on her way to another All-American season as she is third nationally in saves with 196. Shane is tied for third nationally with a .543 save percentage. Shane has recorded 17 saves four times this year, most recently in a loss to No. 3 Maryland. The two-time All-American has allowed just 9.88 goals per game and has played 1001 minutes out of 1020 in goal for the Cardinal on the year.

Shane on Tewaarton Watch List:
Two-time All-American goalkeeper Laura Shane was named as a semifinalist to the Tewaaraton Award as announced by the The Tewaaraton Award Foundation on Friday afternoon. Shane is a two-time IWLCA All-American and was also the only goalkeeper amongst the 18 semifinalists. The players on this list were nominated by coaches across all three divisions and are early season hopefuls for the 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy sponsored by Warrior.

Big Game for Christy:
Sophomore Julie Christy had a big game against Dartmouth as she found the net three times in the victory. Christy now has 10 goals and 10 assists on the season and is only one of five players on the Cardinal to be in double figures in both categories. Christy also leads the team in ground balls with 22.

Patterson Third All-Time:
Senior Daphne Patterson has now scored 132 career goals in a Cardinal uniform. She is only behind Megan Burker and Katharine Barnes, who have scored 143 and 142 goals respectively.

McClain Having Another Big Season:
Senior Megan McClain scored a goal against Denver and is currently second on the team with 28 goals. McClain now has 71 career goals and is now ninth in Stanford women's lacrosse history.

Lindsay In Giving Mood:
Sophomore Dana Lindsay continues to be one of the most consistent scorers in 2008, as she is third on the team in goals with 23 on the season. She also has 11 assists on the year, and is second in points on the team with 34. Lindsay recorded four assists in the victory over Dartmouth last weekend, the four assists is a season-high this season.

If You Give......:
Sophomore Claire Hubbard has gotten everyone involved this season and is leading the team with 14 assists on the year. Hubbard had two assists all of last season.

....Then You Shall Receive:
Hubbard also found the net twice against Denver in last weekend's game. Hubbard now fourth on the team in points with 19, scoring 15 goals and adding 14 assists. She has also started every game except two this season.

Into the Record Books:
Senior Daphne Patterson got her 2008 season started off quickly by scoring six goals in the victory over LeMoyne. Five of those goals were scored in the second half and her six goals for the game tied the school-record for goals in a game. Patterson also scored six goals last weekend against William & Mary and James Madison. The senior attacker scored five goals against Vermont and Cornell and now has 35 goals on the season. Patterson is coming off of a 33-goal junior season. With her goal against Boston University, Patterson also tallied the 150th point of her Stanford career.

Layden Coming Out Party:
Freshman Emily Layden had a breakout game against St. Mary's, as she scored four goals in Stanford's 20-3 win over the Gaels. Layden also had two assists on the evening for a six point match. She also started the first game of her Cardinal career.

Third MPSF Player of the Week for Shane......:
Senior Laura Shane earned her third MPSF Player Of the Week for the week of Mar. 17-Mar. 24 after her strong game against No. 10 Notre Dame. Shane was previously named MPSF Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4- Feb. 10 for her 14 saves in Stanford's 8-7 victory over Oregon.

....And for Patterson:
Senior attack Daphne Patterson also earned her second MPSF Player of the Week for the week of Mar. 3-Mar. 9 after scoring three goals against Boston College and No. 6 Penn. Patterson also won the MPSF Player of the Week award during the first week of the season when the Cardinal defeated LeMoyne 14-6.

No Adjustment for K. Nesbitt:
Freshman Karen Nesbitt has adjusted to college lacrosse very nicely as she has scored 14 goals and six assists on the season. Nesbitt, a native of Cincinnati, OH, had her best game of the season against Duke by finding the net twice and adding an assist against the third-ranked team in the country. She also scored another goal at California.

Strong Senior Class:
The Cardinal is led by a strong senior class that returns the team's leading scorer last season in Daphne Patterson and IWLCA All-American goalkeeper Laura Shane. Patterson, an All-MPSF selection, finished with 33 goals last season and Shane recorded 190 saves last season, to go along with a .534 save percentage. The Cardinal also returns sophomore midfielder Lauren Schmidt, who was another All-MPSF selection in 2007 after scoring 25 goals in her rookie season. Third leading scorer, Megan McClain, also returns to the team after her 24-goal junior campaign.


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