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Women's Lacrosse Hosts No. 11 Dartmouth
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/17/2004

March 17, 2004

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Stanford (3-3/2-0) vs. No. 11 Dartmouth (1-1) - 1:00 PM (PT)
Saturday, March 20th - Maloney Field - Stanford, Calif.

The Cardinal look to snap a three-game losing skid this weekend when they play host to the No. 11 ranked Dartmouth Big Green at Maloney Field on Saturday at 1:00 pm. This weekend's contest versus Dartmouth represents the Cardinal's fourth consecutive game against a ranked opponent.

After starting the season 3-0, the Cardinal have dropped their last three games and now own a 3-3 overall record and a 2-0 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play ... The Cardinal are receiving 13 votes in the latest IWLCA poll ... The Cardinal have out-scored their opponents 56-51 through the first six games ... Stanford is tied for 19th in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 8.5 goals per game ... Six Stanford players have scored five or more goals this season with sophomore attacker Megan Burker leading the way with 13 scores ... Stanford owns a 27-14 all-time record when playing on The Farm ... This weekend's contest versus Dartmouth represents the first meeting between the two schools.

Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus has registered 56 saves on the season and ranks ninth in the country in save percentage (.622) and 17th in goals against average (7.76). Her 20 saves versus Ohio State rank as the second highest single-game total this season.

With a team-leading seven assists on the season, junior midfielder Kelsey Twist is Stanford's all-time assists leader with 47 in her three years on The Farm. The Baltimore, MD native tallied 12 assists in her freshman season, and a program single-season high 28 last year.

Dartmouth heads to the West Coast with a 1-1 overall record and a No. 11 national ranking ... The Big Green's win came in their season-opener versus New Hampshire, while their lone setback was a 7-6 overtime loss to No. 8 James Madison ... Dartmouth has scored 16 goals on the season with seven of those coming from the stick of senior midfielder Lana Smith. Smith was Dartmouth's top scorer last season, leading the team in goals (38) and assists (21) ... Sophomore goalkeeper Devon Wills has started both games so far for the Big Green, tallying 22 saves. Wills ranks fifth in the nation in goals against average (5.54) and save percentage (.647).

The Cardinal were edged, 6-5, by the No. 11 ranked Vanderbilt Commodores in the third annual East/West Challenge on March 7th. The Commodores jumped out to a 4-2 halftime lead and held off a second half charge by the Cardinal to walk away with the win. Sophomore Megan Burker's goal with just 55 seconds left in regulation cut Vanderbilt's lead to one at 6-5, but the Commodores were able to hold on for the win. Stanford came out aggressive in the second half, out-scoring the visitors, 3-2. Scoring goals for the Cardinal were Burker and junior midfielders Nina Pantano and Kelsey Twist. In the fourth minute of the second half, Twist found a cutting Pantano to trim Vandy's lead to 4-3. Moments later, Twist found the back of the cage to tie things up at 4-4. Kelly Devlin's goal midway through the second half gave the Commodores a 5-4 advantage. The Commodores would give themselves some breathing room with a calculated goal by Lauren Peck that ran nearly five minutes off the clock. Burker's goal with 55 seconds would cap the scoring in the game. Burker paced the Cardinal with two goals, upping her season total to 13 on the season, while Sarah Bach, Pantano, and Twist each added a score for Stanford. Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus played admirably in the cage, registering a game-high 13 saves on the day.

Stanford University women's lacrosse Head Coach Michele Uhlfelder was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Uhlfelder, one of 11 inductees, was honored with a Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony on Saturday, January 31st at The Grand Lodge and Masonic Temple in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Each year, the Greater Baltimore Lacrosse Chapter inducts men and women who have made significant contributions to the game of lacrosse in the Baltimore area. Uhlfelder has strong ties to the area with the majority of her family still living there. She grew up in Baltimore and played lacrosse at Pikesville High School in Baltimore and at the University of Maryland, where she was selected a First Team All-American in 1991.

The Stanford University women's lacrosse team earned the program's first-ever preseason national top 20 ranking, coming in at No. 14 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll and No. 19 in Lacrosse Magazine's annual preseason listings. Stanford is the only west coast school to ever earn a top 20 national ranking (preseason or regular season). The Cardinal, who return 18 letterwinners from last year's 14-4 team, captured its sixth consecutive league title in 2003 and finished the season ranked No. 15 in the final IWLCA poll.

Michele Uhlfelder, entering her fourth 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. Uhlfelder isn't just attracting the best and the brightest student-athletes to The Farm, but has also assembled one of the best coaching staffs in the country. Last season, Uhlfelder's staff made history when they became the first lacrosse program ever to boast three World Cup players as coaches. 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. She started all seven games and was the third highest scorer on the American team, ranking sixth among all scorers 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.



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