Feb. 11, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 18 Stanford women's lacrosse team plays plays host to Fresno State in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game with historical significance. The 7 p.m. contest Thursday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium will be the first-ever road game for Fresno State, a first-year program.
Fresno State (0-1, 0-1) will be looking to accomplish some program firsts, such as its first goal, and its first victory. The Bulldogs were shut out in their inaugural game, 19-0 to California. Stanford (1-0, 1-0) also opened Saturday, rallying from an early deficit to win at Oregon, 17-5. The game marks the first home game at Stanford for first-year coach Amy Bokker, who arrived at Stanford after winning 86 games in 11 seasons as George Mason's head coach.
On the Air
Free live streaming video will be available during the game. The CardCam webcast can be found on gostanford.com with Chris Fitzgerald providing the commentary. It can be found on the home page by clicking on the All-Access button at the top of the page, or the "Watch" link next to lacrosse on the Calendar of Events.
Lindsay Earns MPSF's First Weekly Honor
Dana Lindsay, a junior midfield player from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was the first Player of the Week by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation this season. Lindsay, the team's top returning scorer with 31 goals last season, scored four goals and two assists.
Two of her goals were especially timely. Lindsay, the team's leading returning scorer, scored on a free-position shot eight minutes into the game with Stanford trailing, 3-1, to begin a streak of 15 consecutive goals. However, that run didn't begin in earnest until another free-position goal by Lindsay with Stanford holding a 4-3 lead. That sparked a flurry of four goals within a 3:18 span just before the half to give the Cardinal a commanding 8-3 lead.
After falling behind early, Stanford scored 15 unanswered goals to beat Oregon, 17-5, in a season opener for both teams Saturday. The MPSF game was played with temperatures in the low-40s. Eight players scored for Stanford, including six with multiple goals. Dana Lindsay led the team with four goals and two assists and Lauren Schmidt had three goals and one assists.
Karen Nesbitt put Stanford ahead for good, at 4-3, with an unassisted goal with 17:09 left in the first half. Though Stanford was held without another score for the next 12 minutes, another Lindsay free-position goal began a four-goal flurry within a 3:18 span just before halftime to break the game open, at 8-3.
The Stanford defense shut out the Ducks for a stretch of nearly 42 minutes. Among the backline standouts was freshman defender Paige Farmakis in her first collegiate game and veteran Maris Perlman, who was an instigator in forcing turnovers and sparking the offense. Goalie Annie Read, in her first collegiate start, made seven saves.
Thursday's Opponent: Fresno State
The Bulldogs drew 928 fans to Bulldog Stadium for their first-ever game, and a 19-0 loss to California did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the fans or the players. Fresno State held off Cal for the first 5:28 before allowing its first goal. Fresno State was outshot 32-2.
One of Fresno State's foremost objectives will be to score its first goal. Stanford allowed three in the first eight minutes against Oregon, before shutting out the Ducks for a 42-minute stretch. Fresno State will be the 49th opponent for Stanford since the Cardinal began playing varsity lacrosse in 1997.
Stanford is 8-4 in home openers. Last year, the Cardinal beat Lemoyne, 14-6, on the Stanford artificial turf field on Feb. 2. Daphne Patterson tied a school record with six goals.
Several East Coast teams have been Stanford's opponents on Opening Day, including Connecticut, Duke, New Hampshire and Syracuse. Against Western home-opening opponents, Stanford is 6-1, with its only loss coming against UC Davis in 2000.
Rankings and predictions
Stanford is the preseason No. 18 in the IWLCA coaches' poll and ranked No. 19 by Lacrosse Magazine. The Cardinal finished last season at No. 19 by the IWLCA.
Among MPSF teams, Stanford was predicted by conference coaches to finish second, behind Denver, the 2008 regular-season champion. Fresno State was predicted to finish last in the seven-team conference.