Feb. 21, 2008
Stanford, Calif. -
Stanford Lacrosse This Week:
Sat, Feb. 23 Stanford vs. California (0-1, 0-0 MPSF), 1 p.m.
Stanford women's lacrosse will head to Berkeley on Saturday where they take on the California Golden Bears at Memorial Stadium. The match will take place at 1:00 p.m. and will be Stanford's first MPSF road game of the season. The Bears are coming off a loss to top-ranked Northwestern and will open their MPSF conference season this weekend.
On the Horizon:
Following the matchup against the Golden Bears, the Cardinal return home for four consecutive games against top east coast competition. They will host Notre Dame Sunday, Mar. 2 at 1:00 p.m in a match that will be aired on CSTV.
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 this week with 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. This leaves Stanford with a 3-1 record and a 2-0 mark in MPSF competition.
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.
Smooth Adjustment for K. Nesbitt:
Freshman Karen Nesbitt has adjusted to college lacrosse very nicely as she has scored five 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.
Three in a Row?:
Senior Laura Shane is on her way to another All-American season, with 43 saves and a .544 save percentage through four games. The two-time All-American has allowed just nine goals per game and has played all 240 minutes in goal for the Cardinal on the year.
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.
Lindsay Showing Consistency:
Sophomore Dana Lindsay has been consistent in the three games this season for the Cardinal by scoring two goals in the first two matches. She has five goals on the season. The Cleveland Heights, OH native scored 12 goals as a freshman and looks to improve on that mark in 2008.
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.
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 Golden Bears:
Cal is led by head coach Theresa Sherry, who is in her first season coaching the Golden Bears. A 2004 graduate of Princeton, Sherry looks to lead California, which is coming off of a 7-10 season in 2007. California comes into this season led by senior attacker Danni Zuralow, who scored 27 goals and added 10 assists last season.