April 6, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford women's lacrosse welcomed another Top 15 opponent to Laird Q. Cagan Stadium Sunday afternoon, but couldn't make them the fourth victim of the season in their 14-11 loss to the Terriers. The Cardinal was led by senior Megan McClain, who scored three goals on the afternoon. Freshman Karen Nesbitt came off the bench and also scored three goals for the Cardinal in the losing effort. Lauren Morton led Boston University with four goals and goalkeeper Rachel Klein recorded 13 saves.
Stanford put all seven of their seniors in the lineup to start the contest, but it did not pay immediate dividends as they didn't score for the first nine minutes, and gave up four goals to Boston to begin the match. The Cardinal quickly responded though as sophomore Dana Lindsay got on the board 14 minutes in and Nesbitt and McClain each scored in a 20 second span to bring the deficit down to one goal at 4-3.
Right when momentum came back to the Stanford sideline, the Terriers responded with three more goals in a row to push their lead back to 7-3. Traci Landy got her first got of the match and Kelly Munroe scored a minute later in the flurry. While this tied the largest lead for Boston University, this mark the pivotal point in the game for Stanford, as they scored the next six goals in the game.
In a run that covered both halves, Stanford turned the four-goal deficit into a 9-7 lead with 23 minutes left to play. McClain scored two goals in the run and Nesbitt scored two as well. Lindsay tallied her second goal of the game and leading scorer Daphne Patterson tallied her 29th goal of the season and the Cardinal had their two goal lead.
The Terriers called timeout after falling behind two goals and quickly regrouped to score the next five. This gave Boston University a lead that they wouldn't give up the rest of the match en route to their three goal victory.
The Cardinal got another strong performance out of all-American goalkeeper Laura Shane, who finished with 13 saves in her final game at Cagan Stadium. The teams each picked up 17 ground balls and each had 35 shots for the match. Boston University won 14 draws to Stanford's 13.
The Cardinal will return to the field on Saturday, Apr. 12 when they head back to the east coast and take on the Vermont Catamounts. This game is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. local time, which is a 9:00 a.m. start out on the west coast.