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No. 20 Stanford Continues Homestand with Boston College, No. 5 Penn
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/04/2008

March 4, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Lacrosse This Week:
Wed, Mar. 5 No. 20 Stanford vs. Boston College (1-1, 0-1 ACC), 3:30 p.m.
Sun, Mar. 9 No. 20 Stanford vs. No. 5 Penn (2-0, 0-0 Ive League), 1:00 p.m.
Laird Q. Cagan Stadium

This Week:
No. 20 Stanford women's lacrosse continues its long stretch of home games by hosting two power programs from the east coast in Boston College and No. 5 Penn. They will first take on the Boston College Golden Eagles on Weds, Mar. 5 at 3:30 p.m. Their week will continue when they face fifth-ranked Penn on Sun, Mar. 9 at 1:00 p.m. Penn was the national runner-up last season and has already defeated No. 6 North Carolina earlier this season.

On the Horizon:
After the two matches this week, the Cardinal will take the next week off during the finals study break. After the break they will host No. 4 Maryland on Sat, Mar. 22 at 1:00 p.m. The game will take place at Laird Q. Cagan stadium on the campus of Stanford University.

This Season:
The Cardinal kicked off the 2008 season with a 14-6 victory over LeMoyne, a 2007 NCAA Tournament participant. The Cardinal only lead 4-3 at halftime, but scored 10 goals in the second half to break open a close game and coast to the eight-goal victory. The Cardinal then hosted Oregon, an MPSF rival who finished second in conference last season, and came away with an 8-7 victory. The Cardinal continued their strong play when they recorded a 13-7 victory over UC Davis on Wednesday night. Stanford played their first road contest of the season in Dallas against Duke, and were unable to upend the Devils, falling 16-9. After returning back to California, Stanford was unable to defeat the Golden Bears in Berkeley, Calif. by the score of 11-9. The Cardinal returned home the following weekend and upset the No. 10 ranked Notre Dame Irish by the score of 13-9. This leaves Stanford with a 4-2 record and a 2-1 mark in MPSF competition.

Four Goals for McClain:
Senior Megan McClain came up big against No. 10 Notre Dame last Sunday when she scored four goals for the Cardinal, including three in the first half. McClain now is second on the team with 10 goals on the season and has started every game this season.

Lindsay Showing Consistency:
Sophomore Dana Lindsay has been consistent in the six games this season for the Cardinal by scoring two goals in the first two matches and adding two goals last Sunday against No. 10 Notre Dame. She now has ten goals on the season, which is tied for second on the team. The Cleveland Heights, OH native scored 12 goals as a freshman and looks to eclipse that mark in 2008.

Three in a Row?:
Senior Laura Shane is on her way to another All-American season, with 70 saves and a .556 save percentage through five games. Shane recorded a season-high 17 saves against No. 10 Notre Dame last Sunday in the 13-9 Cardinal victory. The two-time All-American has allowed just 9.38 goals per game and has played all 360 minutes in goal for the Cardinal on the year.

Shane on Tewaarton Watch List:
The Women's Selection Committee has named their preseason "watch list" and Stanford goalkeeper Laura Shane is one of the 50 players named. The players on this list were nominated by coaches across all three divisions and are early season hopefuls for the 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy sponsored by Warrior.

Second MPSF Player of the Week for Shane:
Senior Laura Shane earned her second MPSF Player Of the Week for the week of Fe. 25-Mar. 2 after her strong game against No. 10 Notre Dame. Shane was previously named MPSF Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4- Feb. 10 for her 14 saves in Stanford's 8-7 victory over Oregon.

No Adjustment for K. Nesbitt:
Freshman Karen Nesbitt has adjusted to college lacrosse very nicely as she has scored six goals and two assists on the season. Nesbitt, a native of Cincinnati, OH, had her best game of the season against Duke by finding the net twice and adding an assist against the third-ranked team in the country. She also scored another goal at California.

Schwab Nets Game-Winner:
Sophomore Amanda Schwab stepped up in a big way off the bench in the 8-7 victory over Oregon by scoring the game-winning goal for the Cardinal with 10:37 left. Schwab played in seven games off the bench as a freshman and scored six goals in her playing time.

If You Give......:
Sophomore Claire Hubbard helped get everyone involved by dishing out three assists in the game against Oregon. Hubbard appeared in 13 games last season, all off the bench, scored three goals, and dished out two assists. After also recording three assists in the win over LeMoyne, Hubbard now has a team-leading eight assists through six games.

........Then You Shall Receive:
Hubbard continued her strong season by scoring three goals in the victory over UC Davis. Hubbard now leads the team in points with 11, scoring three goals and adding four assists.

Into the Record Books:
Senior Daphne Patterson got her 2008 season started off quickly by scoring six goals in the victory over LeMoyne. Five of those goals were scored in the second half and her six goals for the game tied the school-record for goals in a game. Patterson is coming off of a 33-goal junior season and will lead the attack for the Cardinal in 2008, she has 11 goals on the season.

Strong Senior Class:
The Cardinal is led by a strong senior class that returns the team's leading scorer last season in Daphne Patterson and IWLCA All-American goalkeeper Laura Shane. Patterson, an All-MPSF selection, finished with 33 goals last season and Shane recorded 190 saves last season, to go along with a .534 save percentage. The Cardinal also returns sophomore midfielder Lauren Schmidt, who was another All-MPSF selection in 2007 after scoring 25 goals in her rookie season. Third leading scorer, Megan McClain, also returns to the team after her 24-goal junior campaign.

Scouting Boston College:
Boston College is led by head coach Bowen Holden, who is in her 3rd season coaching the Golden Eagles. A 2001 graduate of Boston College, Holden led Boston College to a 6-11 campaign in 2007, but has started this season 1-1 thus far. Boston College comes into the season led by sophomore attack Lauren Costello, who has seven goals and four assists on the season to lead the team in both categories. In net, the Golden Eagles will send junior Katie Monaghan, who has a .333 save percentage so far through two games.

Scouting Penn:
Penn is led by head coach Karin Brower, who is coming off a 2007 season in which she was named National Coach of the Year by Inside Lacrosse. A 1992 graduate of William and Mary, Brower led the Quakers to a 16-2 season in 2007. Penn comes into this season led by senior midfielder Melissa Lehman, who has scored 5 goals on the season. In goal, Penn trots out senior Sarah Waxman who has a .455 save percentage through three games.


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