April 14, 2004
No. 20 Stanford (7-5/4-0) at No. 6 Duke (8-4, 3-0) - 7:00 PM (EST)
Friday, April 16th - Koskinen Stadium - Durham, N.C.
No. 20 Stanford vs. Davidson (3-11, 0-6) - 12:00 PM (EST)
Sunday, April 18th - Koskinen Stadium - Durham, N.C.
The Cardinal head to the East coast to face the No. 6 ranked Duke Blue Devils and the Davidson Wildcats. Stanford will face Duke on Friday, April 16th, before facing Davidson at Duke on Sunday.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINAL
Stanford enters the weekend with a 7-5 overall record and a 4-0 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play ... The Cardinal will be the top seed in next month's MPSF Championship ... Stanford is ranked No. top in the latest IWLCA poll ... The Cardinal have been ranked or have received votes in every poll this season, the only West coast school to do so ... Senior Abbi Hills leads the Cardinal in goals and points with 25 and 31, respectively ... Stanford owns a 2-0 record on the road ... Stanford ranks 20th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 8.67 goals per game.
Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus has registered 112 saves on the season and ranks eighth in the country in save percentage (.566) and 14th in goals against average (8.40). Her 20 saves versus Ohio State rank as the sixth highest single-game total this season.
SCOUTING THE DUKE BLUE DEVILS
The Blue Devils enter the week with an 8-4 overall record and a 3-0 mark in the ACC ... Duke is ranked No. 6 in the latest IWLCA poll ... The Blue Devils are coming off of a 12-7 win over Richmond. In the win over the Spiders, Senior Meghan Walters matched a school record with six goals ... Duke has outscored its opponents 128-100 this season ... Katie Chrest leads the Blue Devils with 27 goals on the season, while Kristen Waagbo has tallied 15 goals and 15 assists ... Megan Huether has logged the majority of the minutes in the cage for the Blue Devils and ranks 15th in the country in goals against average (8.43).
SCOUTING THE DAVIDSON WILDCATS
The Wildcats enter the week with a 3-11 overall record and an 0-6 mark in the American Lacrosse Conference ... Davidson is coming off of an 18-6 loss to Virginia Tech. In the loss to Virginia Tech' senior captain Lauren Williams scored the first goal of her career ... The Wildcats are currently in the midst of a four-game losing skid ... Davidson's three wins have come versus Fairfield, Holy Cross and St. Francis ... Davidson has been outscored 208-116 this season ... Lindsay Frank and Eloise Grose paced the Wildcats with 25 goals apiece ... Goalkeepers Leslie Smith and Becca Nussbaum have split time in the cage this season.
LAST TIME OUT
The Cardinal women's lacrosse team suffered an 11-5 defeat at the hands of Northwestern. The Wildcats grabbed a 6-3 half time lead and never looked back. Senior Abbi Hills and sophomore Megan Burker each scored two goals in the loss for the Cardinal. Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus picked up nine saves in the cage for the Cardinal.
STANFORD MPSF PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Two Stanford players have garnered Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week honors in senior Abbi Hills and junior Kelsey Twist. Hills was named the MPSF Player of the Week for her performance during the week of March 22-28th, while Twist earned the weekly honor the following week (29th-April 4th). 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. Twisted turned in an all-around solid performance in the Cardinal's 15-12 overtime win over Cal, scoring four goals and adding an assist, while also registering six draw controls, three caused turnovers and two ground balls.
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.