April 8, 2008
Stanford, Calif. -
Stanford Lacrosse This Week:
Sat, Apr. 12- Stanford at Vermont (6-5), 9:00 a.m. PST
University of Albany, Albany, NY.
Sun, Apr. 13- Stanford at Cornell (5-4), 9:00 a.m. PST
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Stanford women's lacrosse hits the road once again for the first two of four straight road matches to end the regular season. The Cardinal will take on the Vermont Catamounts and Cornel Big Red as they travel to New York for both games. The Vermont match will take place at the University of Albany on Saturday, Apr. 12 at 9:00 a.m. PST. The team will head to Ithaca the next day to take on Cornell at 9:00 a.m as well. Both opponents this weekend come into the matches with records over .500.
On the Horizon:
The Cardinal will continue their road trip next weekend as well when they head to MPSF rival Denver on Saturday, Apr. 20. The game is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. PST. Denver was the MPSF regular season champion, but the Cardinal knocked them off in the 2007 MPSF Tournament Championship game.
The Cardinal kicked off the 2008 season with a 14-6 victory over LeMoyne, a 2007 NCAA Tournament participant. The Cardinal only lead 4-3 at halftime, but scored 10 goals in the second half to break open a close game and coast to the eight-goal victory. The Cardinal then hosted Oregon, an MPSF rival who finished second in conference last season, and came away with an 8-7 victory. The Cardinal continued their strong play when they recorded a 13-7 victory over UC Davis on Wednesday night. Stanford played their first road contest of the season in Dallas against Duke, and was unable to upend the Devils, falling 16-9. After returning back to California, Stanford was unable to defeat the Golden Bears in Berkeley, Calif. by the score of 11-9. The Cardinal returned home the following weekend and upset the No. 10 ranked Notre Dame Irish by the score of 13-9. Stanford then continued their impressive run with two more wins against east coast schools. The Cardinal defeated Boston College 14-10 and then knocked off No. 6 Penn by the score of 10-8. Stanford has since dropped their last three contests to No. 3 Maryland, William & Mary and James Madison. The Cardinal followed this up with a 1-1 weekend against St. Mary's and Boston University. This leaves Stanford with a 7-6 record and a 3-1 mark in MPSF competition.
Shane Among Nation's Leaders:
Senior Laura Shane is well on her way to another All-American season as she is second nationally in saves with 153, only behind Kari Morrison of Virginia Tech who has 171 saves. Shane is also second nationally with a .554 save percentage. Shane has recorded 17 saves four times this year, most recently in a loss to No. 3 Maryland. The two-time All-American has allowed just 9.69 goals per game and has played 761 minutes out of 780 in goal for the Cardinal on the year
McClain Having Another Big Season:
Senior Megan McClain scored two goals against James Madison and is currently second on the team with 22 goals. McClain now has 65 career goals and is four goals away from becoming one of the top 10 goal scorers in Stanford women's lacrosse history.
Lindsay Showing Consistency:
Sophomore Dana Lindsay continues to be one of the most consistent scorers in 2008, as she is third on the team in goals with 20 on the season. She also has five assists on the year, and is second in points on the team with 25. Lindsay scored in each game last weekend as she scored a goal against William & Mary and two goals against James Madison.
Layden Coming Out Party:
Freshman Emily Layden had a breakout game against St. Mary's, as she scored four goals in Stanford's 20-3 win over the Gaels. Layden also had two assists on the evening for a six point match. She also started the first game of her Cardinal career.
Shane on Tewaarton Watch List:
The Women's Selection Committee has named their preseason "watch list" and Stanford goalkeeper Laura Shane is one of the 50 players named. The players on this list were nominated by coaches across all three divisions and are early season hopefuls for the 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy sponsored by Warrior.
Third MPSF Player of the Week for Shane......:
Senior Laura Shane earned her third MPSF Player Of the Week for the week of Mar. 17-Mar. 24 after her strong game against No. 10 Notre Dame. Shane was previously named MPSF Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4- Feb. 10 for her 14 saves in Stanford's 8-7 victory over Oregon.
....And for Patterson:
Senior attack Daphne Patterson also earned her second MPSF Player of the Week for the week of Mar. 3-Mar. 9 after scoring three goals against Boston College and No. 6 Penn. Patterson also won the MPSF Player of the Week award during the first week of the season when the Cardinal defeated LeMoyne 14-6.
No Adjustment for K. Nesbitt:
Freshman Karen Nesbitt has adjusted to college lacrosse very nicely as she has scored eight goals and three assists on the season. Nesbitt, a native of Cincinnati, OH, had her best game of the season against Duke by finding the net twice and adding an assist against the third-ranked team in the country. She also scored another goal at California.
Schwab Nets Four Goals:
Sophomore Amanda Schwab had a big game against St. Mary's last weekend, coming through with four goals and an assist in the 20-3 victory. Schwab played in seven games off the bench as a freshman and scored six goals in her playing time. So far this season she has played in 11 games and has scored seven goals and added two assists as a sophomore.
If You Give......:
Sophomore Claire Hubbard has gotten everyone involved this season and is leading the team with 11 assists on the year. Hubbard had two assists all of last season.
....Then You Shall Receive:
Hubbard also added to her scoring by finding the net against James Madison and William & Mary. Hubbard now third on the team in points with 20, scoring nine goals and adding 11 assists. She has also started every game this season.
Into the Record Books:
Senior Daphne Patterson got her 2008 season started off quickly by scoring six goals in the victory over LeMoyne. Five of those goals were scored in the second half and her six goals for the game tied the school-record for goals in a game. Patterson also scored six goals last weekend against William & Mary and James Madison. Patterson is coming off of a 33-goal junior season and will lead the attack for the Cardinal in 2008, she has 29 goals on the season. With her goal against Boston University, Patterson also tallied the 150th point of her Stanford career.
Strong Senior Class:
The Cardinal is led by a strong senior class that returns the team's leading scorer last season in Daphne Patterson and IWLCA All-American goalkeeper Laura Shane. Patterson, an All-MPSF selection, finished with 33 goals last season and Shane recorded 190 saves last season, to go along with a .534 save percentage. The Cardinal also returns sophomore midfielder Lauren Schmidt, who was another All-MPSF selection in 2007 after scoring 25 goals in her rookie season. Third leading scorer, Megan McClain, also returns to the team after her 24-goal junior campaign.