Dec. 14, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Head coach Amy Bokker announced the 2012 lacrosse schedule on Wednesday. The team will face tough competition throughout the 2012 season as it attempts to win its seventh-straight MPSF title and advance to its third-straight NCAA tournament.
"We are excited about the strength of the schedule this year," said Bokker. "We are looking forward to competing against the top teams in the country. The team prepares every day to put themselves up against the best competition."
The Cardinal will face three teams from last year's NCAA tournament, including the defending champs as part of the non-conference season. In addition, the MPSF season will once again be challenging as the tournament champion gets an automatic berth to and NCAA play-in game.
The home schedule will be outstanding with the defending NCAA Champions Northwestern, 2010 NCAA opponent James Madison and last year's MPSF final opponent Oregon among the top games.
"As we welcome great opponents to The Farm we hope to have great crowds at Cagan Stadium to cheer on our team," said Bokker.
The Cardinal open the season by facing the defending NCAA champions, Northwestern, on February 10. The game will be a Friday night under the lights at 7 p.m. Stanford will look to avenge its one-goal loss to the Wildcats in Chicago that ended the 2011 regular season. Two days later, Stanford will host Ohio State. A year ago, Stanford had one of its most impressive wins, blowing out a ranked Ohio State squad on the road, 17-5.
The Cardinal will then travel to Notre Dame to face the Irish, before returning home for three games from visiting East Coast squads. The Cardinal will play five of its first six games at home, before a long stretch on the road. After traveling to South Bend, the Cardinal will host James Madison, Vanderbilt and New Hampshire.
Stanford is familiar with three of those four, having opened the season with a big win over Notre Dame last season. In addition, Stanford played James Madison in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA tournament and has played Vanderbilt each of the past two seasons with each team winning at home. The Cardinal has not played New Hampshire since 2003, but did win that game.
Beginning March 25, the Cardinal will play five-straight games on the road. The first three will be non-conference opponents, as Stanford will travel east for a three-city road swing. Stanford will take on Brown, Harvard and Albany in a span of six days. The Cardinal has not faced Brown since 2003, but defeated Harvard 18-17 last season and Albany 15-10 in 2009.
Stanford will then open the MPSF conference season with road games at Fresno State and Denver. It returns home to face its opponent in the MPSF final from a year ago, Oregon, on April 13. The Ducks stormed out to a big lead in the final, but Stanford responded with an incredible come-from-behind win.
Rounding out the home schedule will be MPSF newcomer San Diego State and St. Mary's, while its final road games will be at UC Davis and California.
The Cardinal will host the MPSF Tournament on April 27 and 29, as it looks for its seventh-consecutive tournament title and the right to NCAA play-in game.
The NCAA tournament will begin May 12 with the Final Four on May 25 and 27, hosted by Stony Brook in New York.