March 6, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford attacker Sarah Bach has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office today. The Baltimore native has started all five games for the Cardinal and now has 11 goals on the season, tying her with teammates Megan Burker and Liz Piselli as the team's leading scorer. The award is the third of the senior's career, as she took home the honor on February 21 and April 19 last year.
This weekend, Bach led the Cardinal to a 15-9 upset of No. 13 Vanderbilt, a huge non-conference victory for the squad. The senior posted a "double hat trick" with three goals in each half. The six-goal performance was a career-best and ties for the top single-game mark in a Stanford player's career.
Bach made the difference for Stanford by leading two separate 5-1 runs for her team, one in each half. In the first period, Bach's unassisted goal at the 13:04 mark kicked off a Stanford run that put the Cardinal up 7-3. Bach scored a second goal in the run, with a successful free position shot at the 3:28 mark. In the second period, Bach powered the Cardinal to a second 5-1 run with two goals in five minutes for Stanford.
In the match, Bach also won three key draw controls for the Cardinal and assisted on a goal by Michelle DeChant to open the second half. On the season, she has 11 goals and two assists for 13 total points. She has also won seven draw controls, cashed in on two free position shots and collected six ground balls while boasting a .579 shot percentage. Career-wise, Bach has 80 goals, good for eighth in the Cardinal record books.
Stanford has now garnered two of the conference's four Player of the Week awards. Last week, Piselli was honored for her pair of hat tricks against Ohio State and Notre Dame.
The Cardinal returns to the field this weekend, taking on Columbia on Saturday and Saint Mary's on Sunday. Both matches are scheduled for 1 p.m. at Maloney Field.