Feb. 14, 2005
The Stanford University women's lacrosse team continues MPSF conference play this weekend, traveling to take on Saint Mary's on Friday afternoon and UC Davis on Sunday. The Cardinal will be looking for its 16th straight win over Saint Mary's, and will be meeting UC Davis for the first time since handing the Aggies a 17-3 defeat in last season's MPSF semifinals.
The Cardinal got the season off to a good start last Saturday, defeating Oregon in Eugene, 19-6. The Ducks, playing in their first contest as a varsity lacrosse squad, jumped out to an early lead with the game's first two goals. The Cardinal settled in and built up an insurmountable advantage with a 16-goal run to secure the win. Seven different Stanford players scored goals, and four tallied three or more scores for coach Uhlfelder's squad. The Cardinal improved to 1-0, and 1-0 MPSF conference play with the victory.
SATURDAY'S SCORING OUTBURST
Coach Uhlfelder's team exploded for 19 goals in Saturday's win over Oregon, marking the highest Stanford single-game scoring total since the 2003 team defeated UC Davis in that season's MPSF semifinals, 19-3. Leading the way for the Cardinal was sophomore Elizabeth Piselli, who scored a career-high five goals against the Ducks, and added a pair of assists. Junior Sarah Bach and senior Nina Pantano added four goals apiece, while junior Megan Burker contributed three scores to the total.
SCOUTING THIS WEEK'S OPPOSITION
Saint Mary's is coming off of a 2004 season in which they posted a 4-12 mark. Sophomore Jackie Spencer is the Gaels' top returning scorer, having finished second on the squad with 43 goals last season. Also returning for SMC is midfielder Ally High, who tallied 14 scores in 2004. UC Davis is coming off of an appearance in last year's MPSF semifinals, and welcomes back sophomore attacker Katie McMahon. McMahon received All-American honors and was named as the MPSF Co-Newcomer of the Year last season after scoring 66 goals.
ON THE HORIZON
Following this weekend's MPSF tilts at Saint Mary's and UC Davis, Stanford will take a weekend off before returning to The Farm for the season's home opener against Connecticut on March 4th. The Cardinal will then welcome Georgetown to Maloney Field on March 6th for the fourth annual deBeer East/West Challenge at 1:00 pm.
STANFORD'S UHLFELDER HONORED
Stanford University women's lacrosse head coach Michele Uhlfelder earned numerous accolades following the 2004 season. In addition to being named as the MPSF Co-Coach of the Year, she was also the recipient of the prestigious Beth Allen Award last May. The Allen Award is presented annually to a member of the US Lacrosse Women's Division who participates in the National Championship Division A at the National Tournament. Uhlfelder became the award's first recipient from the Pacific Region, and the only winner to represent the west in the history of the award. In November, Uhlfelder was named as a Distinguished Alumnus at her alma mater in Pikesville, Maryland, becoming the honor's 14th recipient among world-wide political figures, doctors, artists, and athletes like former Stanford tennis standout, Elise Bergin.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINAL
Stanford returns 13 players from a team that posted a 9-9 record, and a 4-0 mark in conference play last season .... Included in the returning cast are junior Megan Burker and seniors Kelsey Twist an Nina Pantano, who will all serve as the squad's captains for the upcoming season ... Burker, who became the first Stanford player to try out for the United States National Team last summer, is the team's leading returning scorer, having netted 30 goals last season ... Partnering with Burker in the attack will be junior Sarah Bach, who emerged as a reliable goal-scoring option last season, netting 17 scores ... Also contributing in the attack will be sophomore Michelle DeChant, who gained a considerable amount of experience as a freshman and scored 10 goals ... Twist and Pantano give the Cardinal one of the most experienced and talented midfields in the nation. Both players rank in the Cardinal career top-10 in nearly every offensive category, and both will shoulder the burden of creating scoring opportunities from the midfield ... Twist ranked third on the team with 20 goals last season, while Pantano added 18 scores ... Sophomores Jessica Verrilli and Liz Piselli bolster the Cardinal midfield after productive freshman campaigns in 2004 ... Junior Nyerr Parham will contribute in the midfield and the defense ... On defense, Stanford can look to juniors Thea Lorentzen and Kinsey Morrison to lead a young and talented unit ... Coach Uhlfelder's squad features three goalkeepers ... Junior Kate Horowitz is the most experienced of the trio, having seen action in eight games last season and making 26 saves ... Sophomore Carly Posner made her first appearance in the cage last season, while highly-touted freshman Laura Shane joins the squad for 2005.
The Cardinal welcome 12 talented players to The Farm for the new season. Making up the incoming group are nine freshman, a pair of sophomores and one senior ... Three attackers join the team, and will provide depth to an already potent offense. Daphne Patterson, a native of New York, NY, joins the team after earning high school All-American honors in Delaware, and will compete for playing time immediately. Sisters Alicia and Amanda Soto, both Academic All-Americans in high school, come to Stanford from the lacrosse hotbed of Maryland. Rebecca Milo, a transfer from Santa Clara, joins the squad after winning Western Women's Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year honors last year ... Coach Uhlfelder brings three new midfielders into the fold, and each will have to fit into a variety of roles in the lineup. Megan McClain, Anna Brown, and Ariana Parasco join the team after outstanding high school careers ... Katharine Fox, Bri Ned, and sophomore Rachel Dyke join the Cardinal defense and will be called upon to contribute immediately. Fox and Ned bring a wealth of experience from highly competitive club teams in Maryland, and all three players earned Academic All-American honors during their high school careers. Senior Nicole Barnhart, an All-American goalkeeper and four-year letterwinner on the Stanford soccer team, will play her first year of lacrosse on The Farm this season. Barnhart earned All-American honors at the high school level ... Goalkeeper Laura Shane rounds out the incoming group, and provides the Cardinal with increased athleticism in the cage.
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. She started all seven games and was the third highest scorer on the American team, ranking sixth among all scorers 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. ™