April 3, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford is set to open MPSF play this week with a pair of conference games. The Cardinal will first travel to Fresno to take on Fresno State at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3. The Cardinal will then be at Denver on Saturday, April 7, at noon.
The Cardinal is coming off a tough 0-3 East Coast road trip to drop to 2-7 on the season, including 0-4 away from Cagan Stadium. This week, will be a chance to right the ship as it will play its next sevn games against conference opponents.
Stanford continues to be led by Emilie Boeri with 34 points, including both a team-leading 21 goals and a team-leading 13 assists. Twin sister Anna Boeri is second on the team with 14 goals and seven assists, while Catherine Swanson and Emily Newstrom have added 10 goals apiece.
Swanson leads the team with 26 draw controls, while Elizabeth Adam has notched a team-leading 19 ground balls. Lyndsey Munoz has been solid in net, playing every second of the season and notching 81 saves.
The Cardinal will first face Fresno State, who is in its fourth season of existence as a program. Earlier this season, the Bulldogs notched its first-ever win over Long Island and later backed it up with a win over Central Connecticut. Overall, Fresno State is 2-5 and 0-1 in conference play.
Fresno State is led in scoring by attacker Briana Hetherington with 14 goals and three caused turnovers. Goalkeeper Katie Wilbur leads the Bulldog defense with 58 saves this season.
The Cardinal are 4-0 all-time against Fresno State, including a 21-4 triumph last season.
Saturday's game versus Denver could have major MPSF title implications as the Pioneers are off to a 8-1 start, including an eight-game winning streak. Denver is currently 2-0 in conference, so Stanford will be looking to hand the Pioneers its first MPSF loss.
Denver has a balanced scoring attack with Kara Secora and Jill Remenapp tied for the team lead with 31 points. Jenn Etzel leads the team with 25 goals and the Pioneers have eight players with at least 10 goals.
Stanford is 15-4 all-time versus Denver, including a 15-4 triumph last season. The two teams played to a memorable MPSF Final in 2010 when the Cardinal scored a last-second goal to secure a one-goal victory.
Following this week's games, Stanford will finally return home to face Oregon on Friday, April 13. It will be the first game at Cagan Stadium in over a month for Stanford.