Feb. 28, 2008
Stanford Lacrosse This Week:
Sun, Mar. 2 Stanford vs. No. 10 Notre Dame (3-0, 0-0 Big East), 1 p.m.
Stanford women's lacrosse heads home for the start of four consecutive games against top east coast competition. They will first take on No. 10 Notre Dame at Laird Q. Cagan stadium on Sunday, Mar. 2 at 1:00 p.m., which will be the second non-conference game of the season for Stanford. In their first non-MPSF matchup, the Cardinal defeated UC Davis 13-7.
On the Horizon:
After the matchup with the Irish, Stanford will host Boston College next Wednesday, Mar. 5 at 3:30 p.m. After that they will take on the University of Pennsylvania next Sunday, Mar. 9 at 1:00 p.m. Both games will take place at Laird Q. Cagan stadium on the campus of Stanford University.
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 were 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. This leaves Stanford with a 3-2 record and a 2-1 mark in MPSF competition.
Lindsay Showing Consistency:
Sophomore Dana Lindsay has been consistent in the five games this season for the Cardinal by scoring two goals in the first two matches and adding three goals last Sunday against California. She now has eight goals on the season. The Cleveland Heights, OH native scored 12 goals as a freshman and looks to improve on that mark in 2008.
Three in a Row?:
Senior Laura Shane is on her way to another All-American season, with 53 saves and a .530 save percentage through five games. The two-time All-American has allowed just 9.40 goals per game and has played all 300 minutes in goal for the Cardinal on the year.
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.
MPSF Player of the Week for Shane and Patterson:
Seniors Laura Shane and Daphne Patterson were named MPSF Player Of the Week in the first and second weeks of the season. Patterson was named MPSF Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 28- Feb. 3 for her six goals against Le Moyne. Shane was 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.
No Adjustment for K. Nesbitt:
Freshman Karen Nesbitt has adjusted to college lacrosse very nicely as she has scored six goals and two 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 Game-Winner:
Sophomore Amanda Schwab stepped up in a big way off the bench in the 8-7 victory over Oregon by scoring the game-winning goal for the Cardinal with 10:37 left. Schwab played in seven games off the bench as a freshman and scored six goals in her playing time.
If You Give......:
Sophomore Claire Hubbard helped get everyone involved by dishing out three assists in the game against Oregon. Hubbard appeared in 13 games last season, all off the bench, scored three goals, and dished out two assists. After also recording three assists in the win over LeMoyne, Hubbard now has a team-leading six assists after only two games.
........Then You Shall Receive:
Hubbard continued her strong season by scoring three goals in the victory over UC Davis. Hubbard now leads the team in points with 11, scoring three goals and adding four assists.
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 is coming off of a 33-goal junior season and will lead the attack for the Cardinal in 2008, she has 11 goals on the season.
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.
About the Notre Dame:
Notre Dame is led by head coach Tracy Coyne, who is in her 12th season coaching the Fighting Irish. A 1983 graduate of Ohio University, Coyne led Notre Dame, which is coming off of an 11-6 season in 2007. Notre Dame comes into this season led by sophomore attacker Jillian Byers, who has scored 15 goals and 2 assists on the season. In goal, Notre Dame trots out junior Erin Goodman who has a .510 save percentage through three games.