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Stanford Set for MPSF Showdown
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/03/2014
DENVER -- Stanford aims for its ninth Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse tournament championship in 10 years when it plays regular-season winner Denver on the Pioneers’ home field on  Sunday at 10 a.m. PT. with an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament at stake. The seeds have proved accurate through the first two rounds of the tournament, but now Stanford seeks to reverse the result of its 13-12 regular-season loss to Denver. Stanford is the defending tournament champ and is seeking its ninth MPSF tourney title in 10 years.

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The following is a closer look at Sunday’s game:

Who: No. 18 Stanford (14-3) vs. No. 20 Denver (17-1)  
When: Sunday, 10 a.m. PT
Where: Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium; Denver, Colo.
All-Time Series Record: Stanford leads, 17-7

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Here is the MPSF tournament to date:

Thursday
First round
Game 1: No. 3 Colorado 9, No. 6 San Diego State 8 (2OT)
Game 2: No. 4 Oregon 7, No. 5 USC 6

Friday
Semifinals
Game 3: No. 1 Denver 18, Oregon 9
Game 4: No. 2 Stanford 15, Colorado 6

Sunday
Championship: Stanford (14-3) at Denver (17-1), 10 a.m. PT

Season in Review: Stanford returned 11 starters and 96 percent of its goals from last year’s team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Stanford went 4-1 against teams ranked in the IWLCA Top 20 at some point during the season, including an 11-10 victory at then-No. 6 Notre Dame after rallying from a 9-6 second-half deficit. Stanford was second in the MPSF and is playing in the MPSF tournament final.

Stanford in the Rankings:
    IWLCA coaches: No. 18 (No. 17 last week)
    Brine media poll: No. 16 (No. 11)
    Lacrosse Magazine: No. 17 (No. 17)
    Lax Power computer: No. 18 (No. 19)
    RPI: No. 14 (No. 14)

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Friday’s Opponent, Denver: The Pioneers (17-1), on a 15-game winning streak, are enjoying their best season. They are ranked No. 20 by the IWLCA and have the second-best winning percentage in the country, after No. 1 Maryland (19-1). A season after advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history, Denver earned its second consecutive MPSF regular-season title. The only thing eluding the Pioneers is an MPSF tournament title. Entering this week’s play, Denver’s Jill Remanapp led the nation in assists (46) and assists per game (2.71), and Meredith Harris led the MPSF in goals (51.).

The Stanford-Denver Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 17-7, and has a 6-4 edge over the Pioneers in games played in Denver. On April 4 at Stanford, the Cardinal failed to secure a 6-0 lead in their meeting and fell 13-12. Stanford is 6-0 against Denver in the MPSF tournament. Denver has reached the MPSF tournament final five times, but has lost all five to Stanford, including four by one goal. The last time this tournament was in Denver, Stanford won 11-10 in double overtime on May 2, 2010. In last year’s final, Stanford won, 7-6, in Eugene, Ore. Since 2007, Stanford holds a 7-6 series edge. 

NCAA Selection is Sunday: The NCAA selection show will be Sunday at 6 p.m. PT and can be seen on ncaa.com. The top eight seeds receive a first-round bye and will play host to the first two rounds on their home fields. The overall field wil consist of 24 teams. Only the MPSF tournament champion from the conference earns an automatic berth in the NCAA. However, the tournament runner-up has a chance for an at-large bid. The final four will be played in Towson, Md., on May 23-25.

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MPSF Player of the Year: Hannah Farr, a junior two-sport athlete at Stanford, on Wednesday became the first California native to be named women’s lacrosse Player of the Year by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Farr, a graduate of San Francisco’s St. Ignatius Prep, also plays soccer for the Cardinal and was a member of the 2011 NCAA championship soccer team. Farr, a native of Hillsborough, about 15 miles up the Peninsula from Stanford, leads the Cardinal in draw controls (40), is third in goals (28), and ranks third on the team in assists (10), points (38), and ground balls (28). She is one of two Stanford players among the team’s top five in goals, assists, points, ground balls, and draw controls.

All-Conference Cardinal:
First Team
Rachel Ozer, RS Jr., Attack; Moraga, Calif. (Campolindo HS)
Lucy Dikeou, So., Midfield; Denver, Colo. (Kent Denver School)
Hannah Farr, Jr., Midfield; Hillsborough, Calif. (St. Ignatius Prep)
Adrienne Anderson, So., Def.; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (S. Margarita Cath. HS)
Megan Lerner, Sr., Defender; Lutherville, Md. (McDonogh School)
Second Team
Meg Lentz, So., Midfield; Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Heights) 

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Semifinal Victory: Kyle Fraser scored six goals -- one off the school record -- to lead Stanford to a 15-6 victory over Colorado in the MPSF tournament semifinl on Friday in Denver. Fraser, a junior attack from Fort Worth, Texas, came off the bench to set a collegiate career high, bettering a five-goal output against UC Davis last year, and also had an assist, three ground balls, and caused a turnover. She scored four goals, including three consecutive, during a 9-0 first-half run that enabled Stanford to take a 10-1 lead. The Cardinal, which took a season-high 44 shots, also got three goals and two assists from Denver native Lucy Dikeou.

Hometown Return: Stanford sophomore Lucy Dikeou is a native of Denver and is a 2012 graduate of the city’s Kent Denver School. She captained her school’s lacrosse team and, after her final season, was the first player in Colorado history to earn all-state first team honors and all-league honors all four years of high school. She also was the first freshman ever selected to the All-State first team. Kent Denver reached the state semifinals all four years. Dikeou was named Colorado Player of the Year in 2011 and was the 2012 Sportswomen of Colorado Award winner. Dikeou was selected to try out for U.S. Women’s National U-19 team. She played club lacrosse for Team 180 from 2008-2012.

Scoring Streak: Lucy Dikeou has scored 19 goals in her past six games (she did not play against UC Davis, Colorado, or California). She has scored a point in all 14 games she has played. Dikeou, a sophomore who was on the Tewaaraton watch list, is tied for the team-lead in goals, with 29.

Tewaaraton Watch List: Stanford had three players on the watch list for the Tewaaraton Award, collegiate lacrosse’s highest individual annual honor: sophomore midfielder Lucy Dikeou, junior midfielder Hannah Farr, and senior attack Rachel Ozer. The list had 58 names, but the Stanford trio did make make the cut to 27. The awards ceremony is May 29 in Washington, D.C.

Single-Game Scoring Leaders:
   After Kyle Fraser’s six-goal game on Friday, the following is a closer look at Stanford’s top scoring performances:
1. 7: Sarah Flynn, vs. Saint Mary’s, April 3, 2011
2. 6: Kyle Fraser, vs. Colorado, May 2, 2014
    6: Liz Lanese, vs. UC Davis, May 7, 2000
    6: Katharine Barnes, vs. Saint Mary’s, April 18, 2001
    6: Abbi Hills, vs. Denver, March 28, 2004
    6: Sarah Bach, vs. Vanderbilt, March 5, 2006
    6: Megan Burker, vs. UC Davis, April 10, 2006
    6: Daphne Patterson, vs. LeMoyne, Feb. 2, 2008
    6: Lauren Schmidt, vs. William & Mary, March 8, 2009

Balanced Scoring: Stanford was 11th in the nation in scoring offense, entering the week, but the Cardinal had no individuals among the first top 192 goal-scorers in the country (Hannah Farr and Rachel Ozer were tied at 193rd, with 27 each). That’s because the Cardinal has such balanced scoring. Stanford has seven players with more than 20 goals, but no one with more than Ozer and Lucy Dikeou’s 29. 

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National/Conference Rankings: The following are Stanford’s top rankings as a team and individual in the nation and MPSF (in parentheses):
   Team:
    11th, Winning percentage, .813 (2nd)
    11th, Scoring Offense, 13.94 (1st)
    15th, Scoring Margin, 5.25 (1st)
    21st, Points, 305 (3rd)
    21st, Ground Balls Per Game, 17.69 (1st)
   Individual:
    33rd, Goals Against Average, Lyndsey Munoz, 8.77 (3rd)
    51st, Caused Turnovers, Lucy Dikeou, 1.38 (6th)
    77th, Save Percentage, Lyndsey Munoz, .396 (5th)
    79th, Caused Turnovers, Megan Lerner, 1.25 (9th)
    80th, Saves, Lyndsey Munoz, 80 (7th)

Rally Time: Stanford has trailed in 10 games this year, and has a 7-3 record in those games. Here are some facts about Stanford in games in which it has trailed:
   • In games when trailing at halftime, Stanford is 3-2.
   • When trailing with 10:00 left in the 2nd half: 2-2.
   • In games when  trailing by two or more: 4-1.
   • When trailing by multiple goals in the second half: 2-0.
   • Largest deficit: 10-4, 2nd half vs. Georgetown; Stanford won 11-10 in 2OT.

All-Time Postseason History:
• Postseason Record: 39-7
• Postseason Record Under Amy Bokker: 12-4
• Conference Tournament Record: 38-3
• NCAA Record: 1-4
• MPSF Tournament Record: 22-2
• MPSF Tournament Record Under Amy Bokker: 11-1
• Conference Championship Game Record: 14-2
• MPSF Championship Game Record: 8-2
• MPSF Championship Game Record Under Amy Bokker: 4-1
• Conference Semifinal Record: 17-1
• MPSF Semifinal Record: 11-0
• MPSF Semifinal Record Under Amy Bokker: 6-0
• Conference First Round Record: 7-0
• MPSF First Round Record: 3-0
• MPSF First Round Record Under Amy Bokker: 1-0

 


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