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On the Road
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/04/2014
FRESNO, Calif. – The No. 19 Stanford women’s lacrosse team opens Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play Wednesday with the first of three road games in five days. After playing Fresno State, Stanford travels to No. 11 Towson and No. 14 Georgetown on a trip crucial to building up its RPI. The Cardinal opened the season with a three-game homestand that finished Sunday with a 16-15 overtime loss to Vanderbilt.
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Game information:

When: Wednesday, 5 p.m.
Who: No. 19 Stanford (2-1, 0-0) at Fresno State (1-3, 0-1)
Where: Bulldog Stadium; Fresno, Calif.
All-Time Series: Stanford leads, 6-0
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When: Friday, 4 p.m. PT
Who: Stanford at No. 11 Towson (2-1)
Where: Johnny Unitas Stadium; Towson, Md.
All-Time Series: Towson leads, 1-0
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When: Sunday, 10 a.m. PT
Who: Stanford at No. 14 Georgetown (2-1)
Where: Multi-Sport Field; Washington, D.C.
All-Time Series: Georgetown leads, 4-0
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Wednesday’s Opponent, Fresno State: For the first time in its six year history, the Bulldogs opened the season with a victory, winning at Monmouth, 8-6. Since then, Fresno State (1-3) has lost three straight, including an MPSF opener against visiting Denver on Feb. 23, losing 20-5. After going 0-42 its first three seasons, Fresno has gone 6-26 since, including 2-13 last year. The Bulldogs return seven starters, but 18 of its 23 players are freshmen and sophomores.

The Stanford-Fresno State Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 6-0. Last year’s contest – a 21-8 result -- was the closest in the series. Stanford’s fewest number of goals against Fresno came in a 16-1 victory in the 2010 MPSF tournament.

Friday’s Opponent, Towson: Towson (2-1) has climbed up the IWLCA rankings, moving up from No. 20 to No. 11 in the past two weeks. The Tigers actually moved up four spots last week despite losing in its only game, 12-7 to No. 2 Syracuse. Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium is the site of the NCAA final four. Towson returned seven starters from a 10-9 team that has won the past three Colonial Athletic Association regular season titles, and the past two conference tournament championships. The Tigers beat then-No. 10 Georgetown, 14-10, on Feb. 22. The Tigers will be Stanford’s first ranked opponent.

The Stanford-Towson Series: In their only matchup, Towson beat visiting Stanford, 10-9, by rallying from an 8-5 second-half deficit to win.

Sunday’s Opponent, Georgetown: Junior attacker Caroline Tarzian, a third-team IWLCA All-America last season, was named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list along with senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman. Sophomore attack Corinne Etchison leads the Hoyas in scoring with 9 goals. No. 14 Georgetown was ranked as high as No. 10, before a 14-10 loss to Towson, before beating No. 19 Princeton, 17-16, in overtime.

The Stanford-Georgetown Series: Stanford’s 15-8 loss against visiting Georgetown last year equaled the Cardinal’s largest loss of the season. Stanford is 0-4 against the Hoyas in a series that began in 2003. Stanford came closest in 2005, in a 10-6 defeat.

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Week in Review: Stanford was unable to protect a five-goal second-lead in a 16-15 overtime loss to visiting Vanderbilt. Sophomore Lucy Dikeou and freshman Kelsey Murray led the Cardinal with three goals apiece, and Rachel Ozer put Stanford ahead, 15-14 in overtime. But Vanderbilt scored twice in the final 34 seconds to pull out the victory. Megan Lerner had five draw controls, caused three turnovers and had three ground balls in the loss.

Tewaaraton Watch List: Stanford senior attack Rachel Ozer and sophomore midfielder Lucy Dikeou were named to the watch list for the Tewaaraton Award, the most prestigious annual honor in collegiate women’s lacrosse. They were among 51 women on the list. Others will have a chance to play their way on. The lists will be expanded on March 20 and April 10. The number will be cut to 25 on April 24. Five finalists will be announced on May 8 and invited to the awards ceremony May 29 in Washington, D.C.

MPSF Preseason Poll: Stanford is the choice to win the MPSF, as determined by a vote of conference coaches. The Cardinal is the preseason favorite for the fifth consecutive year and seeks to win its ninth MPSF title in 10 years. Stanford received seven of 10 possible first-place votes, with 2013 regular-season champion Denver receiving two and USC, in only its second season, receiving one.

Coming Back: Stanford returned 11 of its 12 starters and 96 percent of its goals (260 of 272) from a 14-6 team that reached the second round of the NCAA tournament last year. Rachel Ozer and Anna Kim were IWLCA All-Region second-team players and among six Cardinal named to the All-MPSF team in 2013.

Scoring Streak: Junior midfielder Hannah Farr extended her goal-scoring streak to 12 games on Sunday by scoring twice. She has 24 goals during that stretch and has scored in every game since April 14, 2013. Farr is a two-sport athlete at Stanford. As a soccer player, Farr was a member of the 2011 NCAA championship team.

Freshmen impact: Two freshmen have started each game this season: Kelsey Murray in attack and Alex Poplawski in midfield. Murray scored a career-best three goals against Vanderbilt. Poplawski has scored in each game.

On the Horizon: Stanford plays its home conference opener on March 22 against Saint Mary’s. This comes after a nearly two-week break for Dead Week and finals. After playing the Gaels, Stanford embarks on another East Coast trip, playing at Cornell and Notre Dame, the latter in a rematch of their NCAA first round game of last year.


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