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Card Charges Into Playoffs
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/01/2014
DENVER -- The Stanford women’s lacrosse team aims for its ninth Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament championship in 10 years when it begins play in Denver on Friday. No. 2 seed Stanford (13-3) plays No. 4 Colorado (11-7), a 9-8 first-round double-overtime winner over San Diego State, in the semifinals at 6 p.m. PT. The semifinal winners play Sunday at 6 p.m. PT for an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. Stanford is the defending tournament champ.

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

Who: No. 18 Stanford (13-3) vs. Colorado (11-7)  
When: Friday, 6 p.m. PT
Where: Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium; Denver, Colo.
All-Time Series Record: Stanford leads, 1-0
Tournament Central: Click here.
Live Stats: Click here.
Webcast: Click here.

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Here are the MPSF tournament matchups, in Denver (all times Pacific):

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 (16-1) vs. Oregon (11-7), 3 p.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Stanford (13-3) vs. Colorado (11-7), 6 p.m.

Sunday
Championship: Semifinal winners, 10 a.m.

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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 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 finished second in the MPSF at 7-2 and received a No. 2 seed and a bye.

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. 20 (No. 17)

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Friday’s Opponent, Colorado: Colorado, a first-year program, has been the surprise of the MPSF, earning the No. 3 seed in the 10-team conference, and then earning passage to the semifinals with a 9-8 double-overtime victory over No. 6 seed San Diego State in the first round of the MPSF tournament on Thursday in Denver.  Of Colorado’s 23 players, 21 are freshmen and the other two are sophomores, including one transfer. Colorado (11-7), under coach Ann Elliott, has won five of its past six. Athletic freshman Paige Soenksen was named MPSF Rookie of the Year. She is ranked third nationally in saves (177), saves per game (10.41) and save
percentage (.524).

The Stanford-Colorado Series: This is only the second meeting between the schools, following Stanford’s 13-5 victory over the visiting Buffaloes on April 6. Colorado goalie Paige Soenksen recorded her career-high and 2014 MPSF-high tying 19 saves in that game. Stanford took a season-high 40 shots in the game and Megan Lerner had eight draw controls, one off her own school record. Stanford took a 5-0 lead and held Colorado scoreless for the first 23 minutes.

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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 (39), shares the lead in goals (27), and ranks third on the team in assists (8), points (35), and ground balls (27). She is one of two Stanford players among the team’s top five in goals, assists, points, ground balls, draws, and caused turnovers.

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. (Santa Margarita Catholic HS)
Megan Lerner, Sr., Defender; Lutherville, Md. (McDonogh School)
Second Team
Meg Lentz, So., Midfield; Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Heights)

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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 16 goals in her past five games (she did not play against UC Davis, Colorado, or California). She has scored a point in all 13 games she has played. Dikeou, a sophomore who was on the Tewaaraton watch list, has 26 goals this season.

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 25. The awards ceremony is May 29 in Washington, D.C.

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Best Records: By beating Cal, 18-7, Stanford finished the regular season with three or fewer losses for the second time in program history. Only the 2011 team, which went 14-2, had a better record. Stanford is 13-3.

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.

 Overtime: Stanford has played three overtime games this season, going 2-1. The victories came in consecutive games over ranked teams on the road.  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.

Against Ranked Teams: Stanford has played three games against teams that were ranked in the IWLCA at the time of the game, and has gone 3-0 -- all on the road. Stanford won back-to-back overtime victories over No. 11 Towson (8-7) and No. 14 Georgetown (11-10) on March 7 and 9. On March 29, Stanford beat No. 6 Notre Dame, 11-10, rallying from a 9-6 deficit. In games against teams currently ranked in the IWLCA Top 20, Stanford is 2-0: beating now-No. 10 Ohio State, 11-9, and now-No. 14 Notre Dame.  Against five teams that have been ranked in the Top 20 at some point this season, including a loss to current No. 20 Denver, Stanford is 4-1.

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)
    86th, Saves Per Game, Lyndsey Munoz, 86 (9th)

All-Time Postseason History:
• Postseason Record: 38-7
• Postseason Record Under Amy Bokker: 11-4
• Conference Tournament Record: 37-3
• NCAA Record: 1-4
• MPSF Tournament Record: 21-2
• MPSF Tournament Record Under Amy Bokker: 10-1
• Conference Championship Game Record: 14-2
• MPSF Championship Game Record: 8-2
• MPSF Championship Game Record Under Amy Bokker: 4-1
• Conference Semifinal Record: 16-1
• MPSF Semifinal Record: 10-0
• MPSF Semifinal Record Under Amy Bokker: 5-0
• 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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She’ll Be Back: Rachel Ozer, class of 2014, will return for a fifth season. She is the team’s season points leader with 39. She is No. 12 on Stanford all-time points list (141). Ozer will graduate in June 2014 in atmosphere and energy engineering and then co-term in 2014-15 in mechanical engineering to earn her master’s. Ozer also is No. 14 all-time at Stanford in goals (94) and No. 6 in assists (47).

Two-Sport Athlete: Junior midfielder Hannah Farr is the MPSF Player of the Year and 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 in soccer, 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, and the second Bay Area recruit in program history, behind teammate Rachel Ozer.
   
Poplawski’s Streak: Freshman Alex Poplawski has not only started all 16 games of her brief collegiate career, but she has scored goals in 14 of them, including the first eight. Poplawski, a 6-foot midfielder from Springfield, Pa., scored four goals against Cornell and is fifth on the team goal-scoring list with 23 goals. She has six multi-goal games. Poplawski is part of a balanced scoring team. The top six scorers have between 21 and 27 goals apiece.




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