April 5, 2001
For the first time in the program's history, Stanford lacrosse has been ranked nationally. Ranked 20th by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) the Cardinal faces three Western Women's Lacrosse League (WWLL) matches over the next two weeks. Three-year reigning WWLL champions, Stanford is looking to repeat its success in the league and shoot for an NCAA bid in May.
Stanford vs. Cal
On Saturday, Stanford hosts the California Golden Bears at 1pm on New Maloney Field. In the season-opener at Berkeley, Stanford came away with a 7-4 victory. Five Cardinal players scored goals in the match and goalkeeper Rachael Neumann recorded 16 saves. After that win, Stanford won seven of its next 10 games, including an impressive 16-11 victory over #13 Vanderbilt. Last week, the Cardinal traveled to the East Coast and won one of three tough games. They started the week with an 11-6 win on Sunday over Lafayette, then fell to #13 Cornell, 15-5, on Tuesday. On Thursday, Stanford battled a strong Harvard team and lost 14-13 in overtime. Tri-captain Katharine Barnes led the team against Harvard with 5 goals, her second 5-goal performance this season.
Stanford is currently 8-3 overall, 3-0 WWLL, California is 8-4, 1-2 WWLL after a 9-8 win over Villanova last weekend. The Cardinal faced their rival three times last year and came away with a 6-3 win at home, an 8-7 loss at California and a 7-4 win in the first round of the WWLL Playoffs.
Leading the team to the their first ever national ranking, seniors Katharine Barnes and Dana Katter have given a lot to Stanford lacrosse. Barnes has led the team at attack, both this season and for her entire career. She leads the Cardinal in career goals (129), shots (256), free-position shots (45), groundballs (128), caused turnovers (52) and draw controls (34). Katter, has been just as effective on defense and is third for Stanford in career ground balls (97) and caused turnovers (43). They will be honored Saturday at their final home game at Stanford for their leadership both on and off the field and contributions to the lacrosse program.