ITHACA, N.Y. -- For the second time this month, Stanford heads to the East Coast for a two-game road trip. The first was marked by a pair of overtime victories against ranked teams. This one should be difficult as well for the No. 13 Cardinal, which plays at Cornell on Tuesday at No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday in a rematch of last year’s NCAA first round contest. Notre Dame represents the highest ranked team on Stanford’s schedule this year.
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The following is a closer look at Tuesday’s match:
Who: No. 13 Stanford (6-1) at Cornell (4-3)
When: Tuesday, 1 p.m. PT; 4 p.m. ET
Where: Schoellkopf Field; Ithaca, N.Y.
All-Time Series Record: Cornell leads, 6-2
Forecast: Cloudy, 32 degrees at gametime
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The following is a closer look at Saturday’s match:
Who: Stanford at No. 6 Notre Dame (8-3)
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. PT; noon ET
Where: Arlotta Stadium; Notre Dame, Ind.
All-Time Series Record: Notre Dame leads, 9-5
Forecast: Partly cloudy, 45 degrees at gametime
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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 opened with two home victories before failing to protect a five-goal lead in a 16-15 overtime loss to Vanderbilt. However, Stanford has since won four straight, including a pair of road overtime victories over No. 11 Towson and No. 14 Georgetown.
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Tuesday’s Opponent, Cornell: The Big Red is 4-3 after winning four of its first five and then dropping its past two games. Cornell is coming off a 10-6 season in which the Big Red placed fourth in the Ivy League with a 4-3 record. Lindsay Toppe leads the team in goals with 22, and Emily Tripodi has 18 assists.
The Stanford-Cornell Series: Cornell leads the all-time series, 6-2. This is their first meeting since 2008 when visiting Stanford lost, 13-9. All the previous meetings took place between 1999-2008. This will be the first in the series for Amy Bokker, who took over as Stanford’s coach in 2009. Cornell is 3-0 against the Cardinal in Ithaca, but Stanford has won two of the past three meetings.
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Saturday’s Opponent, Notre Dame: The Irish (8-3, 1-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) are led by freshman Cortney Fortunato, who has 28 goals and 10 assists. The team’s only losses are to teams ranked Nos. 1, 2, and 5 in the current IWLCA poll -- all members of Notre Dame’s new conference, the ACC. Senior Margaret Smith leads the ACC in caused turnovers, with 2.00 per game.
The Stanford-Notre Dame Series: Notre Dame leads the all-time series, 9-5. The teams met twice last year, including in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Evanston, Ill. Stanford won 8-7 on Hannah Farr’s free-position goal with four seconds left in frigid conditions. In the 2013 opener at Stanford, Notre Dame won 12-10. The teams have played four times in the past three years, with the teams splitting 2-2. Except for 2010, the teams have played annually since 2002. In games at Notre Dame, the Irish lead 3-2. Stanford most recent victory at Notre Dame was in 2005, by a 6-5 score.
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Tewaaraton Watch List: Stanford has 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. Farr was added last week, while Dikeou and Ozer were part of the original list. The list numbers 53. The list will be expanded April 10 and then be cut to 25 on April 24. Five finalists will be announced May 8 and invited to the awards ceremony May 29 in Washington, D.C.
Overtime: Stanford has played three overtime games this season, going 2-1. The victories came over ranked teams on the road in back-to-back games. On March 7, Hannah Farr scored on a free-position shot one second before the first overtime half and the goal stood in an 8-7 victory at No. 11 Towson. On March 9, Stanford overcame a 10-4 second-half deficit by shutting out No. 14 Georgetown over the final 32:03 of the game. Alexandra Crerend scored on a free-position with one second left in regulation to tie it, 10-10. Lyndsey Munoz saved a free-position shot in the first overtime and Lucy Dikeou scored the winner with 3:46 left in the first sudden-victory overtime period. On March 2, Stanford lost to Vanderbilt, 16-15, by allowing two goals in the final 34 seconds of the first overtime period.
Versus Ranked Teams: Stanford has played three teams currently ranked among the IWLCA top 20 and has gone 3-0. Stanford opened with an 11-9 home victory over then-unranked Ohio State. The Buckeyes are now No. 18. Also, Stanford won back-to-back overtime road victories over No. 11 Towson (8-7) and No. 14 Georgetown (11-10) on March 7 and 9. Georgetown remains No. 14 and Towson is now No. 19. Notre Dame, at No. 6, represents the highest-ranked team on Stanford’s schedule.
National/Conference Rankings: Stanford certainly has solid statistics, but nothing that has made an impact on a national scale. The following are Stanford’s top three rankings as a team and individual in the national rankings, with conference ranking in parentheses:
10, Win Percentage, .857 (1st MSPF)
16, Caused Turnovers, 10.29 (3rd)
18, Scoring Margin, 4.71 (3rd)
32, Lyndsey Munoz, Goals Against Average, 8.86 (4th)
45, Hannah Farr, Ground Balls, 2.57 (4th)
61, Lyndsey Munoz, Ground Balls, 2.43 (6th)
Two-Sport Athlete: Junior midfielder Hannah Farr not only is one of the best players in the West, but she is a two-sport athlete at Stanford, also playing on the Cardinal’s powerhouse soccer team. Farr, a midfielder who usually is among the first off the bench, was a member of Stanford’s 2011 NCAA championship soccer team as a freshman. She is the first ever at Stanford to participate in soccer and lacrosse. In lacrosse, she is a two-time All-MPSF first-team choice, is on the Tewaaraton Award watch list and was named the MSPF Offensive Player of the Week on March 17. She also is among the first Bay Area natives to play lacrosse for Stanford, having grown up just 16 miles up the Peninula, in Hillsborough, and attended San Francisco’s St. Ignatius Prep.
Poplawski’s Streak: Freshman Alex Poplawski has not only started all seven games of her brief collegiate career, but she has scored goals in each of them too. Poplawski, a 6-foot midfielder from Springfield, Pa., has nine goals and is tied for fifth on the team goal-scoring list.
The Rise of the MPSF: Stanford’s Mountain Pacific Sports Federation is growing in size and stature. Last year, both Stanford and Denver won first-round games in the NCAA tournament, each for the first time. There are now 10 teams in the conference, with the addition of first-year program Colorado. USC is in its second season with lacrosse and San Diego State is in its third.