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Stanford Lacrosse Opens Season At Oregon
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/10/2005

Feb. 10, 2005

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The Stanford University women's lacrosse team opens the 2005 season this Saturday when the Cardinal travels to face Oregon at Pape Field at 12:00 PM (PT). Coach Uhlfelder's squad will be part of history this weekend, as Saturday's game marks the first contest in Oregon program history. The Ducks are beginning their first season as a varsity lacrosse program and will compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

The Cardinal will continue MPSF play on the road, traveling to take on Saint Mary's on February 18th and UC Davis on February 20th. Stanford will be looking to continue its 15-game unbeaten streak against the Gaels. Against the Aggies, the Cardinal have posted a 15-3 all-time mark, including a 17-3 win in last season's MPSF semifinals.

Head coach Jen Larsen will pilot Oregon through its first season as a varsity lacrosse program. The roster is extremely young, with 23 freshmen dominating the Duck lineup. The team also has a junior midfielder in Emma Thorborg, and a senior goalkeeper in Louisa Dorsch. Dorsch has played in goal for the Oregon club team for the last three seasons, and led the squad to a Northwest club championship and an 11th place finish nationally last year. Thorborg is one of four Oregonians on the team, and is expected to provide offensive spark in the Duck midfield. Four players on the roster hail from the state of Oregon, while nine of them come from the lacrosse hotbed of Maryland.

Stanford University women's lacrosse head coach Michele Uhlfelder earned numerous accolades following the 2004 season. In addition to being named as the MPSF Co-Coach of the Year, she was also the recipient of the prestigious Beth Allen Award last May. The Allen Award is presented annually to a member of the US Lacrosse Women's Division who participates in the National Championship Division A at the National Tournament. Uhlfelder became the award's first recipient from the Pacific Region, and the only winner to represent the west in the history of the award. In November, Uhlfelder was named as a Distinguished Alumnus at her alma mater in Pikesville, Maryland, becoming the honor's 14th recipient among world-wide political figures, doctors, artists, and athletes like former Stanford tennis standout, Elise Bergin.

The names of junior Megan Burker and seniors Nina Pantano and Kelsey Twist can be found throughout the Cardinal career record book, and the trio will look to add to their respective legacies this season. Twist's 99 career goals ranks fourth on the Cardinal career list, while Pantano checks in at fifth with 78 and Burker ranks seventh with 68 after just two seasons on The Farm.

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 three goalkeepers ... Junior Kate Horowitz is the most experienced of the trio, having seen action in eight games last season and making 26 saves ... Sophomore Carly Posner made her first appearance in the cage last season, while highly-touted freshman Laura Shane joins the squad for 2005.

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 ... Three 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.

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. 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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