March 15, 2005
The Stanford University women's lacrosse team continues its season-high four game home stand this weekend, facing Colgate on Friday and Cornell on Saturday. The Cardinal has faced Colgate only once in program history, winning that match up by a 13-2 score in 2003. Stanford will be looking for its first-ever win over Cornell, as the Ivy League squad has posted a 5-0 all-time mark against the Cardinal.
Stanford opened its home schedule last weekend with a pair of losses to Big East opponents. The Cardinal suffered its first defeat of the 2005 season on Friday, falling to UConn 8-7. Senior Nina Pantano put together one of top performances in her career against the Huskies, scoring four goals on four shots in the loss. Freshman goalkeeper Laura Shane made 20 saves in the cage for the Cardinal, falling one save short of the single-game program record set by former Stanford standout Rachael Neumann in 2001. In Sunday's loss to then-No. 5 ranked Georgetown, the Cardinal burst out of the gate, as Pantano and junior Megan Burker scored a pair of goals each to stake Stanford to a 5-2 halftime lead. The Hoyas turned it on after the break, out-scoring the Cardinal 8-1 to wrap up a 10-6 victory. Shane was excellent in net once again, making 17 saves.
SCOUTING THIS WEEK'S OPPOSITION
Colgate is in the midst of a West Coast swing that will see them play four MPSF schools. The Raiders defeated Oregon and Saint Mary's over the weekend, and bring a 4-1 mark into Thursday's game at Cal. Colgate's Kelly Winning was named the Patriot League's Offensive Player of the Week after scoring six goals and adding three assists in games against Temple and Villanova last week. Cornell jumped into the No. 20 spot in the IWLCA coaches poll on March 6 after a pair of solid games to begin the season. The Big Red began the year with an 11-8 upset of then-No. 20 ranked Notre Dame, and senior Kristen Smith recorded a hat trick in last weekend's 14-7 loss to No. 9 ranked Hofstra.
Abbi Hills RETURNS TO THE FARM
Former Cardinal standout Abbi Hills returns to The Farm on Sunday, but this time she will be part of the opposition as the Lakewood, CO native is an assistant coach for the Cornell. Hills finished her career ranked second on the Stanford career goals list (112) and first on the career shots list (343).
Sarah Bach NAMED MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Sarah Bach was named as the first MPSF Player of the Week for 2005 after leading the Cardinal to three MPSF conference wins to open the season. In Stanford's 14-5 win over Saint Mary's, the attacker paced all scorers with five goals and an assist on eight shots. The five goals and six points marked a career-high for the junior. Bach followed up the performance with a pair of goals on just three shots in Stanford's 11-4 win over UC Davis. In the Cardinal's season-opening win over Oregon, Bach scored four goals to lead Stanford to a 19-6 victory.
Kelsey Twist GARNERS NATIONAL HONORS
Senior Kelsey Twist earned a pair of national honors after the first week of the season, receiving honorable mention Player of the Week recognition from both Inside Lacrosse Magazine and womenslacrosse.com. In the Cardinal wins over Saint Mary's and UC Davis, Twist tallied four goals and added seven assists as the team improved to 3-0 to start the season. The senior scored two goals and recorded two assists against the Gaels, and scored twice with a career-high five assists against UC Davis. The five assists broke the Stanford single-game assist mark of four, set by Hedy Born during the 2000 season.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINAL
Stanford returns 13 players from a team that posted a 9-9 record, and a 4-0 mark in conference play last season .... Included in the returning cast are junior Megan Burker and seniors Kelsey Twist an Nina Pantano, who will all serve as the squad's captains for the upcoming season ... Burker, who became the first Stanford player to try out for the United States National Team last summer, is the team's leading returning scorer, having netted 30 goals last season ... Partnering with Burker in the attack will be junior Sarah Bach, who emerged as a reliable goal-scoring option last season, netting 17 scores ... Also contributing in the attack will be sophomore Michelle DeChant, who gained a considerable amount of experience as a freshman and scored 10 goals ... Twist and Pantano give the Cardinal one of the most experienced and talented midfields in the nation. Both players rank in the Cardinal career top-10 in nearly every offensive category, and both will shoulder the burden of creating scoring opportunities from the midfield ... Twist ranked third on the team with 20 goals last season, while Pantano added 18 scores ... Sophomores Jessica Verrilli and Liz Piselli bolster the Cardinal midfield after productive freshman campaigns in 2004 ... Junior Nyerr Parham will contribute in the midfield and the defense ... On defense, Stanford can look to juniors Thea Lorentzen and Kinsey Morrison to lead a young and talented unit ... Coach Uhlfelder's squad features two returning goalkeepers ... Junior Kate Horowitz is the most experienced returning `keeper, having seen action in eight games last season and making 26 saves ... Sophomore Carly Posner made her first appearance in the cage last season, entering as a sub in Stanford's MPSF semifinal win over UC Davis.
The Cardinal welcome 12 talented players to The Farm for the new season. Making up the incoming group are nine freshman, a pair of sophomores and one senior ... Four attackers join the team, and will provide depth to an already potent offense. Daphne Patterson, a native of New York, NY, joins the team after earning high school All-American honors in Delaware, and will compete for playing time immediately. Sisters Alicia and Amanda Soto, both Academic All-Americans in high school, come to Stanford from the lacrosse hotbed of Maryland. Rebecca Milo, a transfer from Santa Clara, joins the squad after winning Western Women's Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year honors last year ... Coach Uhlfelder brings three new midfielders into the fold, and each will have to fit into a variety of roles in the lineup. Megan McClain, Anna Brown, and Ariana Parasco join the team after outstanding high school careers ... Katharine Fox, Bri Ned, and sophomore Rachel Dyke join the Cardinal defense and will be called upon to contribute immediately. Fox and Ned bring a wealth of experience from highly competitive club teams in Maryland, and all three players earned Academic All-American honors during their high school careers. Senior Nicole Barnhart, an All-American goalkeeper and four-year letterwinner on the Stanford soccer team, will play her first year of lacrosse on The Farm this season. Barnhart earned All-American honors at the high school level ... Goalkeeper Laura Shane rounds out the incoming group, and provides the Cardinal with increased athleticism in the cage.
THE UHLFELDER FILE
Michele Uhlfelder, entering her fifth 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. 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. 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. ™