Feb. 24, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 6 Stanford will continue its difficult stretch of non-conference games on Saturday, February 25, when it takes on No. 9 James Madison at 1pm. The Cardinal has stumbled to a 0-3 start against three ranked opponents, while James Madison got it season underway on Thursday with a win at California.
The Cardinal will take a two-game losing streak at Cagan Stadium into Saturday's game. Before the losses to Northwestern and Ohio State this season, Stanford had won 22-consecutive games at Cagan. Stanford will be looking to start a new streak and avenge a difficult loss from that last time it played James Madison.
In the 2010, Amy Bokker made her NCAA tournament debut as the Cardinal traveled to James Madison for the first round matchup. Stanford appeared to have the seeded Dukes on the ropes I the second half, but James Madison responded for a 9-8 victory on its home field.
So far this season, the Cardinal has been led by seniors Anna Boeri, Catherine Swanson and Emilie Boeri. The senior trio has scored 14 of Stanford's 30 goals, led by six from Anna Boeri. Sophomore Anna Kim has also chipped in five goals, while sophomore Rachel Ozer and freshman Hannah Farr have three apiece.
Defensively, Lyndsey Munoz has been busy in goal, already making 34 saves in three games. Munoz had a career-high 17 saves against Notre Dame last weekend.
James Madison is 1-0 so far this season after winning 13-9 at California on Thursday night. The Dukes were an NCAA tournament team a year ago, but lost in the first round to Princeton. They are led by attacker Casey Ancarrow who was named to the preseason Tewaarton Watch List. She had a goal and two assists in the opener, but led the Dukes with 43 goals and 59 points last year.
James Madison is the two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association conference champions and were selected by the coaches to win a third-straight title this year. The Dukes received six of the eight first-place votes, with Towson receiving the other two.
Stanford assistant Brooke McKenzie is an alumnus of James Madison. McKenzie graduated in 2006 and led the Dukes to three CAA conference titles and two appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals.