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No. 17 Stanford Hosts No. 11 Vanderbilt
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/04/2004

March 4, 2004

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No. 17 Stanford (3-2/2-0) vs. No. 11 Vanderbilt - 1:00 PM (PT)
Sunday, March 7th - Maloney Field - Stanford, Calif.

THIS WEEK
The Cardinal look to rebound from back-to-back losses to No. 9 Ohio State and No. 17 Notre Dame when they host the Vanderbilt Commodores on Sunday, March 7th in the third annual deBeer's East/West Challenge.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINAL
Stanford owns a 3-2 overall record and is ranked No. 17 in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association poll ... The Cardinal are off to a 2-0 start in conference play with wins versus Saint Mary's and No. 16 Cal ... Stanford is in the midst of a season-high six-game homestand ... This season, Stanford has shown that it's not how you start a game, but how you finish. In their first five games, the Cardinal have out-scored their opponents 27-18 in the second half ... Led by sophomore Megan Burker, the 2003 Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year, the Cardinal boast a balanced attack. Seven Stanford players have scored five or more goals this season. Burker has netted a team-high 10 goals, while senior midfielder Abbi Hills has found the back of the cage nine times. Sophomore Sarah Bach has added seven goals, while juniors Nina Pantano and Kelsey Twist, along with senior Kim Cahill and freshman Michelle DeChant have each chipped in five strikes ... Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus leads the Cardinal in saves with 43. Saikus currently ranks third on the Cardinal's all-time saves list with 190.

DEBEER'S EAST/WEST CHALLENGE
The past two seasons, the deBeer's East/West Challenge has brought some of the best East Coast teams to the West Coast to face the top team in the west, the Stanford Cardinal. This season is no different as the Cardinal host the No. 11 ranked Vanderbilt Commodores in the third annual deBeer's East/West Challenge. The Cardinal will be looking for their first win in the challenge, falling to No. 10 Syracuse 15-9 in 2002 and No. 3 Georgetown, 15-7 last season.

SCOUTING THE COMMODORES
Vanderbilt heads to Stanford with a 1-1 record and a No. 11 national ranking in the latest IWLCA poll ... The Commodores' lone victory in the early going is a 16-12 win over then-No. 10 Penn State, while their only setback is a 14-10 loss versus then-No. 3 Virginia ... Vanderbilt returns 19 letterwinners, including eight starters from last year's squad that posted a 7-8 overall record ... The Commodores are led by senior Michelle Allen, a third team All-American selection in 2003. Allen and fellow senior Lauren Peck lead the Commodores with six goals apiece ... Senior Jess Roguski scored three goals and added an assist in Vandy's win over Penn State last weekend. For her effort, she was named the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week.

LAST WEEK
The Cardinal suffered a pair of setbacks at home last week, falling to then-No. 9 Ohio State in double overtime, 10-9, and then were defeated by then-No. 17 Notre Dame, 16-5. Nina Pantano's goal with just eight seconds left sent the game versus the Buckeyes into overtime. The Cardinal rallied from an 8-4 halftime deficit and held the Buckeyes to just one goal in the second half. Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus tied a career high with 20 saves on the night, falling one save short of the Stanford single-game standard set by former Cardinal goalkeeper Rachael Neumann in 2001. Pantano, sophomore Sarah Bach and freshman Michelle DeChant each scored two goals for the Cardinal. In Stanford's game versus Notre Dame, the Irish dominated both halves of action, scoring eight goals before intermission and another eight after the break. Notre Dame blitzed the Cardinal, scoring six unanswered goals to start the game before Pantano got Stanford on the board with an unassisted goal in the 21st minute of the game.

STANFORD'S UHLFELDER HONORED
Stanford University women's lacrosse Head Coach Michele Uhlfelder was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Uhlfelder, one of 11 inductees, was honored with a Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony on Saturday, January 31st at The Grand Lodge and Masonic Temple in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Each year, the Greater Baltimore Lacrosse Chapter inducts men and women who have made significant contributions to the game of lacrosse in the Baltimore area. Uhlfelder has strong ties to the area with the majority of her family still living there. She grew up in Baltimore and played lacrosse at Pikesville High School in Baltimore and at the University of Maryland, where she was selected a First Team All-American in 1991.

STANFORD GARNERS FIRST-EVER PRESEASON RANKING
The Stanford University women's lacrosse team earned the program's first-ever preseason national top 20 ranking, coming in at No. 14 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll and No. 19 in Lacrosse Magazine's annual preseason listings. Stanford is the only west coast school to ever earn a top 20 national ranking (preseason or regular season). The Cardinal, who return 18 letterwinners from last year's 14-4 team, captured its sixth consecutive league title in 2003 and finished the season ranked No. 15 in the final IWLCA poll.

THE UHLFELDER FILE
Michele Uhlfelder, entering her fourth season as the head coach at Stanford, has been a pioneer for the sport of lacrosse. In 2001, under Uhlfelder's guidance, Stanford became the first west coast university to ever garner a top 20 national ranking. Uhlfelder has built the Cardinal program into a top 20 team and has Stanford on the brink of earning its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. The Baltimore, MD native was also recently honored by being inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Uhlfelder isn't just attracting the best and the brightest student-athletes to The Farm, but has also assembled one of the best coaching staffs in the country. Last season, Uhlfelder's staff made history when they became the first lacrosse program ever to boast three World Cup players as coaches. As a player, Uhlfelder has participated in the game at the highest collegiate and international levels. She is a two-time member of the USA Women's National Team (1997, 2001) and was a key player on the 2001 U.S. squad that won a gold medal at the World Cup. She started all seven games and was the third highest scorer on the American team, ranking sixth among all scorers at the World Cup. Uhlfelder is still very much involved with the U.S. Lacrosse as she was chosen as a selector for the U-19 National team in 2003. She has also served as a coach at US Development camps from 2001-03.


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