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No. 20 Stanford Hosts Cal This Friday
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/01/2004

April 1, 2004

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Stanford (6-4/4-0) vs. Cal (6-5, 1-1) - 7:30 PM (PT)
Friday, April 2nd - Maloney Field - Stanford, Calif.

Third Annual Sports Her Way Western States Tournament
April 3-4th - Maloney Field - Stanford Calif.

THIS WEEK
After a busy week last week, the Cardinal only have one game on the slate as they host the California Bears on Friday, April 2nd at 7:30 pm at Maloney Field. Stanford will also host the third annual Sports Her Way Western States Tournament on April 3-4th.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINAL
Stanford enters the weekend with a 6-4 overall record and a 4-0 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play ... The Cardinal clinched the top seed in the upcoming MPSF championship with a big 16-5 win at Denver last week ... The 16 goals that the Cardinal scored versus the Pioneers marked a season-high for the Cardinal ... Stanford owns a 4-4 record at Maloney Field this season, and a 2-0 record on the road ... The Cardinal already own a 9-6 win over the Bears, defeating Cal at Memorial Stadium on Feb. 19th ... Stanford owns an 11-3 all-time record versus the Bears.

SPORTS HER WAY WESTERN STATES TOURNAMENT
Similar in theory to the deBeer East/West Challenge, the Western States Tournament allows Stanford to continue to play a major role in promoting lacrosse to the community. Tournament action features local high schools in the California Federated Division, visiting high schools from Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Ohio, and Colorado in the other high school division, and collegiate and post-collegiate competition in the open club division. The tournament is at capacity with a field of 53 teams entered, reflecting the continued growth of the game, and close to 1,000 players, referees, and fans will visit the The Farm for this weekend's tournament

SENSATIONAL SAIKUS
Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus has registered 98 saves on the season and ranks sixth in the country in save percentage (.609) and 13th in goals against average (7.78). Her 20 saves versus Ohio State rank as the fourth highest single-game total this season.

SCOUTING THE CAL BEARS
The Bears head to The Farm with revenge on their minds, after suffering a 9-6 setback versus the Cardinal on Feb. 19th at Memorial Stadium ... The Bears enter the weekend with a 6-5 overall record and a 1-1 mark in MPSF play ... off a 3-1 road trip that included wins over Le Moyne, Colgate and Villanova. In the three wins the Bears outscored their opponents 38-17 ... In its last game versus the Cardinal, Cal's Molly Brady scored four of the Bears' six goals ... Brady leads the Bears in goals with 28, while Colleen O'Mara paces Cal in points with a team-high 27 assists and 13 goals.

LAST TIME OUT
The Cardinal snapped their four-game losing skid by winning three games last week. Stanford defeated Ohio, 14-10, before edging Hofstra 9-8 in overtime, and over-powering Denver, 16-5. The Cardinal's win over the Pioneers clinched the top seed in the upcoming MPSF Championship. Senior midfielder led the Cardinal with 11 goals on the week.

HILLS NAMED MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Abbi Hills of the Stanford University women's lacrosse team was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the week for her performance during the week of March 22-28th. Hills led Stanford to a 3-0 record and helped the Cardinal clinch the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MPSF women's lacrosse Championship. For the week, Hills scored an amazing 11 goals, including six in Stanford's big 16-5 win over Denver, which clinched the top seed in the MPSF Championship. Earlier in the week, the Lakewood, CO native found the back of the cage three times in Stanford's 14-10 home win versus Ohio, and added two more goals in the Cardinal's 9-8 overtime win over Hofstra.

STANFORD'S UHLFELDER HONORED
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.

STANFORD GARNERS FIRST-EVER PRESEASON RANKING
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.

THE UHLFELDER FILE
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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