April 26, 2005
Stanford (10-5/5-0) at Ohio State (5-8) - 1:00 PM (ET)
April 30th - Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium - Columbus, OH
The Stanford University women's lacrosse team wraps up the regular season on Saturday with a trip to Columbus, OH for a non-conference match up with Ohio State. The Cardinal are currently riding a four-game winning streak, and received a No. 20 national ranking in the IWLCA coaches poll on Monday. Stanford is coming off of a 20-16 win over Loyola in Baltimore last weekend, which marked the program's first ever victory over the Greyhounds.
Stanford extended its winning streak to four games with a 20-16 win over Loyola in Baltimore last Saturday. Junior Megan Burker and freshman Daphne Patterson each scored five goals to lead the Cardinal. Burker got the Cardinal on the board with an unassisted score at the 23:38 mark, tipping off a seven-goal barrage that put Stanford firmly in control of the game. The Cardinal headed into the half time break with a 10-6 lead. The Greyhounds got to within three goals during the second period, but Patterson sealed the victory with two goals in the last 2:23 of the contest. Burker and Patterson led all Stanford scorers with five goals each, and Burker added three assists. Liz Piselli and Sarah Bach recorded hat tricks for the Cardinal and Laura Shane made 10 saves in net. The 20 goals are the highest single-game goal total for a Cardinal squad since a 23-4 win over UCLA in 1999.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State enters the week with a 5-8 overall record and a 3-2 mark in American Lacrosse Conference action. The Buckeyes dropped two road contests last weekend, falling to No. 10 ranked Penn State, 6-4, and dropping a narrow 10-9 decision to Rutgers. OSU, who received a season-high No. 14 ranking in the IWLCA poll earlier this season, has been led offensively by Kelly Kremer and Regina Oliver. Kremer leads the team with 34 goals on the season, while Oliver ranks second on the squad with 23 goals. Oliver has also collected 53 ground balls this year. Kim Hastings has started all 13 games in net for the Buckeyes, collecting 97 saves.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Several Cardinal players are making their impact felt in the Stanford record book with productive seasons. Senior Kelsey Twist scored her 15th and 16th goals of the season on Saturday, giving her 115 career scores and putting her in sole possession of second place on the Stanford career scoring chart. Twist currently has 41 draw controls, which ties her for second on the Cardinal single-season chart. Senior Nina Pantano reached the 100-goal milestone on last week, and moved into fifth place on the Stanford career list with another score against Loyola. Freshman goalkeeper Laura Shane collected her 173rd save of the season against the Greyhounds, moving her into third place on the Cardinal single-season save chart.
Stanford extended its season-high winning streak to four games with Saturday's 20-16 win over Loyola ... The Cardinal are 5-0 while playing at night and 5-5 while playing during the day this season ... Coach Uhlfelder's squad is 10-1 when entering the half time break with the lead, and 0-4 when trailing at the intermission.
Assistant coach Kylee Reade was a standout performer for the Ohio State lacrosse team from 1998-2002. Reade ranks sixth on the Buckeye career list with 60 caused turnovers.
Stanford improved to 5-0 in conference play this season with the team's recent win over Denver, marking the fifth straight year that the Cardinal have gone undefeated in regular season conference play. Stanford has not lost a regular season conference contest since MPSF play began last season, posting a 9-0 record and a 10-1 mark including MPSF tournament games. Stanford was also undefeated in the Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League, which was the precursor to the MPSF. In two seasons of MPLL play in 2002 and 2003, Stanford recorded an 18-0 mark and collected two league championships. The program has not lost a regular season conference game since the 2000 season, when the squad fell to Cal by an 8-7 score in the season finale before going on to win the Western Women's Lacrosse League title for the third straight year. The Cardinal are currently in the midst of a 31-game winning streak in regular season conference contests, including games played in the WWLL, MPLL, and MPSF leagues.
Sarah Bach EARNS SECOND MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOD
Junior Sarah Bach was named as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week on April 19th after leading the Cardinal to two victories in the team's final home stand of the season. The Baltimore native tallied two goals in the win over Yale, lifting the Cardinal to a 9-8 victory with an unassisted score with just 55 seconds remaining in the contest. She added two ground balls and two draw controls as Stanford recorded its first victory over a ranked team this season. Bach continued her torrid scoring pace against Denver, scoring three goals and assisting on another tally as Stanford posted a 17-14 win. It is the second MPSF Player of the Week honor for Bach this season, who earned conference recognition on February 21st after leading the Cardinal to three wins to begin the campaign.
Laura Shane NAMED MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Goalkeeper Laura Shane was named as the MPSF Co-Player of the Week along with Cal's Liz Reifsnyder on April 11th. Shane continued to be a rock in the Stanford defense the previous weekend, as the Cardinal went 1-1 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, turning away 10 Northwestern shots. Shane continued to excel against Notre Dame that Sunday, leading the Cardinal to a 6-5 victory. The Irish out-shot Stanford by a 26-19 margin, but Shane led the Cardinal defense with 14 saves. For the weekend, the Baltimore native made 24 saves and collected five ground balls.
Kelsey Twist GARNERS NATIONAL HONORS
Senior Kelsey Twist earned a pair of national honors after the first week of the season, receiving honorable mention Player of the Week recognition from both Inside Lacrosse Magazine and womenslacrosse.com. In the Cardinal wins over Saint Mary's and UC Davis, Twist tallied four goals and added seven assists as the team improved to 3-0 to start the season. The senior scored two goals and recorded two assists against the Gaels, and scored twice with a career-high five assists against UC Davis. The five assists broke the Stanford single-game assist mark of four, set by Hedy Born during the 2000 season.
THE UHLFELDER FILE
Michele Uhlfelder, entering her fifth 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. 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. 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.