May 12, 2010
Stanford (15-5, 5-1 MPSF) will travel to Harrisonburg, Va. to face James Madison (16-2, 5-1 CAA) in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Cardinal is returning to the tournament for the first time since 2006 and just the second time in school history. The first round matchup will be Saturday, May 15, at 10 am, PST.
Stanford and James Madison
This will be the first-ever matchup between the two schools in the NCAA tournament. During regular season play, Stanford and James Madison have played twice with the Dukes winning both matchups. James Madison won at Stanford by a score of 10-9 in 2007, while they repeated the 10-9 win at home in 2008.
In the NCAA Tourney
Stanford has not participated in the NCAA first round since 2006, when it lost a first-round matchup to Northwestern. The Cardinal hosted the first-ever playoff game in the state of California this past weekend with the NCAA play-in game against UMass. The win gave Stanford its first postseason win, although they are technically still 0-1 in the NCAA tournament.
Sarah Flynn leads the Cardinal in goals with 43, while Dana Lindsay has 42. Lauren Schmidt leads Stanford in points with 57. She has scored 36 goals and contributed 21 assists. Schmidt was named conference player of the year for the second consecutive season. Leading Stanford in assists is Claire Hubbard with 40. Hubbard now has the Stanford record with 87 for her career. The Cardinal have nine players with double-digit goals, and four with at least 30, including Leslie Foard with 30 exactly.
Stanford Defense and Goaltending
In the goal, Annie Read has started 19 games, compiling a 15-4 record. She has made 183 saves and is averaging just 9.39 goals per game this year. She is helped out defensively by Paige Farmakis who leads the team with 39 ground balls and is second with 26 caused turnover. Eleanor Foote has also been solid and is second on the team with 37 ground balls and third with 23 caused turnovers. Senior Leigh Lucas was named MPSF conference tournament MVP for her defensive efforts as she is often assigned the duties of covering the opposition's top offensive player.
In the Record Books
Stanford has rewritten the record books this season led by Claire Hubbard's 40 assists, a single-season school record. She also assumed the career lead with 86 helpers on the season. Dana Lindsay (114), Lauren Schmidt (96) and Sarah Flynn (95) have moved into fifth, ninth and 10th place on the career goals list. Schmidt (146), Lindsay (144) and Flynn (121) have has also climbed into the top ten on the all-time points list. Lauren Schmidt now ranks tied for sixth in points with 146. She is also fourth all-time with 50 assists. Julie Christy has moved up to third on the all-time draw control list with 109. Annie Read has set a new Stanford record with 1,169:34 minutes in goal.
Play-In - Play-On
Needing a win to continue its season in the NCAA Play-In Game, the Cardinal defeated UMass 15-12 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Sarah Flynn scored five goals, while Lauren Schmidt had three goals and an assist. The Cardinal trailed early, but came back to build a four-goal lead in the second half. Annie Read made big saves in goal and UMass was unable to get back in the game as the Cardinal cruised to a three-goal win. The win meant automatic advancement to the NCAA tournament.
The Cardinal is coming off an eventful MPSF tournament where it won three games in four days. Stanford opened with a 16-1 win over Fresno State, before struggling to a 9-7 win over California. Stanford had 43 shots against the Golden Bears, but managed just the nine goals. In the final, the Cardinal went to overtime against Denver and fell behind by a goal. However, Stanford battled back with a Lauren Schmidt goal to force sudden death. Karen Nesbitt won it in the sudden death overtime with just five seconds remaining despite the Cardinal being down two players.
This season's senior class has amassed a 50-25 record during their careers that has ended in a MPSF Conference Tournament title in each of the players four seasons. This season the seniors led Stanford to the highest-ever national ranking of No. 8 in the country and wins over three ranked teams. The class will be making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament, ending the quest for the one thing missing from its four-year resume at Stanford.