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Kelsey Murray scored two goals. Photo by Carl Solder.
Stanford Shakes the Rust Off
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/22/2014

STANFORD, Calif. – Hannah Farr scored three goals to lead No. 15 Stanford to a 16-4 victory over Saint Mary’s in the Cardinal’s Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse home opener Saturday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

Stanford (6-1 overall, 2-0 MPSF) was held to a 1-1 tie over the first 14 minutes, but took control with five goals during a stretch of 3 minutes, 16 seconds. Stanford twice had spurts of six unanswered goals and built a 10-goal lead, at 13-3 with 23:15 to play, to necessitate a running clock.

The Cardinal, which finished winter quarter finals Friday, leaves Sunday for a spring break trip that will lead first to Cornell on Tuesday and then to No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday. Notre Dame represents the highest-ranked team on Stanford’s schedule and an opportunity for the Cardinal to build its NCAA resume.

Stanford improved to 27-0 all-time against Saint Mary’s by “getting the rust off,” coach Amy Bokker said.

“Coming out of exams I never know where their minds are,” Bokker said. “They’ve had a really stressful week, so it was good for everybody to get in and get back into competitive mode.”

Stanford hadn’t played for 12 days and had limited practices during finals. Even when they were together, Bokker tried to remove the stress with games of sand volleyball and a pool workout.

“We mixed it up a little bit, more from a mental standpoint to keep their minds fresh,” Bokker said.

Stanford certainly didn’t look rusty. The Cardinal got its counterattack in motion to score some spectacular goals, including on Lucy Dikeou’s near full-field breakaway sprint. Freshman Kelsey Murray had another golazo when she redirected Rachel Ozer’s pass on a breakaway for an 8-2 lead.

Ozer scored a goal and two assists to move into 15th on Stanford’s all-time points list, with 123. She has a team-leading 13 this season and 80 in her career. Four Stanford players have 10 or more goals.

Freshman Alex Poplawski extended her goal-scoring streak to seven -- every game her collegiate career. Dikeou had two goals, five draw controls, caused three turnovers, and picked up two ground balls for the Cardinal. Farr had four ground balls, three draw controls, and caused two turnovers. Kyle Fraser also scored twice.

With finals over, Stanford gets a chance to focus strictly on lacrosse for a week, with a little time for sightseeing in Chicago in the middle of the week. After the trip, the Cardinal returns MPSF action with a home game against 2013 MPSF regular-season champion Denver, on April 4.

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Stanford 16, Saint Mary's 4
Saint Mary's 2 2 -- 4
Stanford       8 8 -- 16
Saint Mary's (goals-assists): Rachel Minarovich 2-1, Allie DeBruhl 2-0, Jaclyn Biggers 0-2.
Stanford: Hannah Farr 3-0, Kyle Fraser 2-2, Lucy Dikeou 2-0, Kelsey Murray 2-0, Rachel Ozer 1-2, Emily Newstrom 1-0, Anna Kim 1-0, Alex Poplawski 1-0, Alexandra Crerend 1-0, Meg Lentz 1-0, Charlotte Ward 1-0, Meredit Kalinowski 0-1.
Records: Stanford 6-1, 2-0; Saint Mary's 0-5, 0-3.



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