March 5, 2002
Stanford, CA - The Cardinal defeated the Gaels for the second time this season tonight at Stanford Stadium. This 15-7 win marks the 14th consecutive league victory for Stanford Lacrosse stretching back to the 1999-2000 season, the Cardinal remained undefeated in league play for all of last season including their fourth consecutive WWLL championship. This year in the newly formed Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League (MPLL) Stanford is 3-0 and St. Mary's is 0-3.
The Cardinal got on the board first with an unassisted goal by sophomore Abbi Hills at 4:11 into the first half. The Gaels answered with a goal 16 seconds later by senior Megan Bryan, but Stanford countered with three more goals over the next six minutes. The scoring was nearly even for the rest of the half and the teams went into halftime with Stanford leading 6-5.
Stanford got the second half going with another goal by Hills (at 37:07) and one by senior tri-captain Liz Britt (at 42:56) to push the lead back to three goals. St. Mary's scored two more goals to match the Cardinal's over the next 10 minutes and at 48:35 the Cardinal only led 9-7. For the final 10 minutes, however, the Cardinal defense shut down the Gaels and the offense took over - with Stanford scoring another six goals to the Gaels zero to end the game 15-7.
Britt, Hills, freshman Nina Pantano and sophomore Jess Scott all recorded three goals in the match and freshman Julia Calzonetti and Kelsey Twist added two goals and one goal, respectively. Calzonetti and Pantano lead the team in scoring so far this season, each with nine goals over the course of five games. Junior Virginia Solomon started and played all 60 minutes in the cage for the Cardinal, notching 9 saves and finishing with .57 save percentage. She currently has a team-high 36 saves this season and has started all five games.
The Cardinal finish up a four-game homestand this weekend, when they taje on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame at 2pm on Saturday, March 9. Location TBA.
1 2 F Stanford 6 9 = 15 St. Mary's 5 2 = 7
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