Jan. 31, 2008
Stanford Lacrosse This Week:
Saturday, Feb. 2 vs. LeMoyne, 1 p.m.
Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
The Stanford women's lacrosse team opens its 2008 season on Saturday, Feb. 2nd when it hosts LeMoyne at Cagan Stadium. Head Coach Michele Uhlfelder enters her eighth season, with a career record of 81-44 on The Farm. Uhlfelder is coming off a 2007 MPSF conference championship in which they beat ranked opponents Oregon and Denver on back to back days.
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 Dolphins:
The LeMoyne Dolphins come into the season returning 10 starters from a team that qualified for the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Among the Dolphins' top returnees are senior goalkeeper Samantha Falcone, who was a 2007 First Team All-MAAC selection. Junior attack Lisa McCarthy also returns with 2007 All-MAAC Tournament team honors, contributing 34 goals and 18 assists on the season. The Dolphins also boast senior attack Kylie Rosette and senior defenseman Beth Sierotnik, both 2007 All-MAAC selections.
News and Notes:
This will be the first meeting between the schools in the history of each program. Cardinal junior Melissa Vogelsong grew up close to LeMoyne in nearby Jamesville, NY. This game will also mark the start of the 2008 season nationally as it is the first scheduled match in Division I.
After the match against LeMoyne, the Cardinal will return to the field Fri, Feb. 8 against MPSF rival Oregon. Stanford split the season series last year with the Ducks, losing 10-6 in Eugene, but coming back to win in the MPSF semifinal 8-2.