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No. 14 Stanford To Face Saint Mary's And Cal
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/16/2004

Feb. 16, 2004

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No. 14 Stanford (1-0/0-0) vs. Saint Mary's (1-0/0-0) - 7:00 PM (PT)
February 16th - Maloney Field - Stanford, Calif.

No. 14 Stanford vs. Cal (0-0/0-0) - 3:00 PM (PT)
February 19th - Memorial Stadium - Berkeley, Calif.

The Cardinal have two games on the schedule this week. Stanford will host the Saint Mary's College Gaels on Monday, Feb. 16 at 7:00 pm (PT) at Maloney Field before traveling to rival Cal on Thursday, Feb. 19 for a 3:00 pm (PT) contest at Memorial Stadium.

The Stanford University women's lacrosse team earned the program's first-ever preseason national top 20 ranking, coming in at No. 14 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll and No. 19 in Lacrosse Magazine's annual preseason listings. Stanford is the only west coast school to ever earn a top 20 national ranking (preseason or regular season). The Cardinal, who return 18 letterwinners from last year's 14-4 team, captured its sixth consecutive league title in 2003 and finished the season ranked No. 15 in the final IWLCA poll.

The No. 14 ranked Stanford University women's lacrosse team opened the 2004 season with a 15-4 win over the visiting UC Davis Aggies. Led by three second half goals from senior midfielder Abbi Hills and sophomore Megan Burker, the Cardinal exploded for 12 second half scores en route to the 15-4 win. Adding to the scoring in the second half was senior Kim Cahill with two goals, while sophomore attacker Sarah Bach, juniors Kelsey Twist, Nina Pantano, and freshman Michelle DeChant each added one score after intermission. Sophomore goalkeeper Kate Horwitz played well, registering eight saves in the win.

First-year Head Coach Brandon Badgley returns six starters from last year's Gaels' squad that posted an 8-9 record ... Headlining the list of returners is senior attacker Colette Spencer who tallied an SMC single-season record 53 goals during the 2003 season. Spencer owns the SMC career goals record with 118 ... The Gaels are coming off of a season-opening 16-4 win over Claremont. In the win over Claremont, Spencer scored five goals and added two assists ... The Gaels return three of their top five goal scorers from last season in Molly Wagner, Ally High and Spencer. The trio combined to score 85 of the team's 155 goals.

The Cal Golden Bears open their season this Thursday when they host the Cardinal ... The Bears return a strong nucleus from a team that posted an 11-6 overall record and a 3-1 mark in MPLL play ... Cal advanced to its third consecutive MPLL championship game in 2003, but fell to the Cardinal 15-14 ... The 14 goals that the Bears scored versus the Cardinal were the most that Cal has scored in a game versus Stanford ... Cal returns two of its top players from last year in senior attacker Colleen O'Mara and junior midfielder Molly Brady. O'Mara led the team in points (53 pts, 26 g, 27 a), while Brady was the Bears' top goal scorer (36 g) last season.

Stanford University women's lacrosse Head Coach Michele Uhlfelder was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Uhlfelder, one of 11 inductees, was honored with a Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony on Saturday, January 31st at The Grand Lodge and Masonic Temple in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Each year, the Greater Baltimore Lacrosse Chapter inducts men and women who have made significant contributions to the game of lacrosse in the Baltimore area. Uhlfelder has strong ties to the area with the majority of her family still living there. She grew up in Baltimore and played lacrosse at Pikesville High School in Baltimore and at the University of Maryland, where she was selected a First Team All-American in 1991.

Stanford returns 18 letterwinners from last year's team that posted a 14-4 overall record and captured its sixth straight conference title ... Stanford returns its top five goal scorers from a year ago, and 10 players who started 13 or more contests ... The Cardinal boast a deep, experienced nucleus at midfield, led by standout juniors Nina Pantano and Kelsey Twist. Twist, a Baltimore, MD native, turned in a dominant sophomore season, leading the Cardinal in six different categories, most notably goals (43), assists (28), and draw controls (46). Pantano, a Wayne, PA native, was also a force for the Cardinal, scoring 31 goals and adding nine assists, while starting all 18 games ... Leading the attack for the Cardinal is 2003 Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year, Megan Burker. As a freshman last season, Burker started all 18 games and enjoyed one of the finest seasons (38 goals, 17 assists) in Stanford women's lacrosse history ... The Cardinal defense should once again be solid with the return of the core defensive unit from 2003. Senior Katie Grube, along with junior Anthea Tjuanakis, started all 18 games and should once again anchor the Cardinal defense in 2004.

The Cardinal welcome five dynamic freshman to the program in 2004 in Michelle DeChant (Annapolis, MD), Bryanne Gilkinson (Mississauga, Canada), Elizabeth Piselli (Rockville Centre, NY), Carly Posner (Owings Mills, MD), and Jessica Verrilli (Seattle, WA). As a senior at Annapolis Senior High School, DeChant scored 52 goals and added 24 assists and earned first team All-American honors. Gilkinson brings international experience, having participated in the 2003 U-19 World Championships and helping Canada capture the bronze medal with a 16-10 win over England. Piselli earned All-American status while at South Side High School and is a member of the U-19 US National Team. She enjoyed a stellar career at South Side, culminating in a stellar senior season in which she scored an amazing 76 goals and registered 32 assists. Posner, a freshman goalkeeper from The Park School, was a four-year letterwinner in lacrosse. Posner, a two-time team captain, posted over a 60 percent save percentage in both her junior and senior seasons. Rounding out the freshman class is Verrilli, a graduate of Seattle Preparatory School, who was selected as an All-American in 2003 and earned all-state first team honors in 2002 and 2003.

Michele Uhlfelder, entering her fourth 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. Uhlfelder isn't just attracting the best and the brightest student-athletes to The Farm, but has also assembled one of the best coaching staffs in the country. Last season, Uhlfelder's staff made history when they became the first lacrosse program ever to boast three World Cup players as coaches. 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.



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