Feb. 12, 2005
Eugene, Ore. - Three players scored four or more goals to lift the Stanford women's lacrosse team to a season opening win over Oregon in Eugene on Saturday afternoon, 19-6. The game was the inaugural varsity lacrosse contest for the Ducks, who begin their first season as a member of the MPSF this year. With the victory, Stanford improves to 1-0 overall, and 1-0 in MPSF play.
Oregon scored the first two goals of the game, with the program's first-ever goal being scored by freshman Jen May. After going two goals down, the Cardinal settled in and relied on their veteran players to build up an insurmountable advantage.
The Cardinal got a scoring outburst from sophomore Elizabeth Piselli, who tallied a career-high five goals in the contest. Senior midfielder Nina Pantano and junior attacker Sarah Bach added four goals apiece to the Stanford total, while junior attacker Megan Burker netted three scores. Freshman Daphne Patterson was impressive in her first collegiate game, scoring a pair of goals, while senior co-captain Kelsey Twist rounded out the Cardinal scoring with a goal.
Piselli and Burker assisted on two goals apiece, while Bach added an assist and freshman defender Bri Ned recorded her first career assist in the win.
Freshman goalkeeper Laura Shane got the start in the cage, making nine saves and surrendering just five goals. Junior Kate Horowitz replaced Shane in goal with just over nine minutes remaining in the contest, and collected two ground balls and one caused turnover.
"Oregon did a great job of kicking off their inaugural season, and the addition of their program is phenomenal for the collegiate game and the MPSF as a conference" stated head coach Michele Uhlfelder following the game. "There were a total of 32 freshmen out there on the field today (23 for Oregon and nine for Stanford), and they all played extremely well. We were able to go on a couple of three or four-goal runs during the game, and that's what enabled us to gain momentum and register the win."
The Cardinal continues MPSF conference play on the road next weekend, traveling to face Saint Mary's on Friday afternoon and UC Davis on Sunday.
Stanford - 19
Oregon - 6
Stanford Saves - Laura Shane 9