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First-Round Opponent: Duke
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/06/2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Stanford makes its fifth appearance at the NCAA tournament and second consecutive, when it plays No. 9-ranked Duke on Friday in a first-round game at Notre Dame. Each school received an at-large berth in the tournament. The No. 19 Cardinal (14-4) was second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season and tournament. Duke (9-7) was fourth in the powerful Atlantic Coast Conference and lost to Virginia in the first round of the ACC tournament. The winner will match up with Notre Dame (9-8), the ACC’s seventh-place team, or Big South Conference champion High Point (14-5) in the second round on Sunday.

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

Who: No. 19 Stanford (14-4) vs. No. 9 Duke (9-7)  
When: Friday, 1 p.m. PT
Where: Arlotta Family Lacrosse Stadium (2,500); Notre Dame, Ind.
All-Time Series Record: Duke leads, 6-0
Live Stats: Look for links at gostanford.com
Webcast: Look for links at gostanford.com
Forecast: Possible thunderstorms

Tickets: Tickets for either day are $5 for adults and $3 for children with those under three years of age being free of charge. Tickets may be purchased online at UND.com/tickets, by phone at (574) 631-7356, or in person at either the Murrane Family Ticket Office in the lobby of Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center or at Arlotta Stadium on game day.

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   Here is the schedule for the four-team first- and second-round games at Notre Dame’s Arlotta Family Lacrosse Stadium (with IWLCA ranking in parentheses):

Friday
First round
No. 19 Stanford (14-4) vs. No. 9 Duke (9-7), 1 p.m. PT
High Point (14-5) at No. 14 Notre Dame (9-8), 4 p.m. PT

Sunday
Second Round
Friday’s winners, 10 a.m. PT

Note: If the seeds hold, the second-round winner would play at No. 1-ranked Maryland (19-1) in the quarterfinals on May 17.

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 that have been 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 finished second in the MPSF with a 7-2 conference record, and advanced to the MPSF tournament final before losing to host Denver, 14-11. Stanford claimed the MPSF Player of the Year, junior midfielder Hannah Farr, and had balanced scoring team, with seven individuals with 20 or more goals.

Stanford in the Rankings:
    IWLCA coaches: No. 19 (No. 18 last week)
    Brine media poll: No. 20 (No. 16)
    Lacrosse Magazine: No. 17 (No. 17)
    Lax Power computer: No. 19 (No. 18)
    RPI: No. 18 (No. 14)

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MPSF Tournament Recap:

    Semifinal (in Denver): No. 2 Stanford 15, No. 3 Colorado 6.
    Leading Stanford scorer: Kyle Fraser 6.

     Final (in Denver): No. 1 Denver 14, Stanford 11
    Leading Stanford scorer: Hannah Farr 3, Rachel Ozer 3.

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Friday’s Opponent, Duke: The Blue Devils, ranked No. 9 by the IWLCA and No. 12 in the RPI, are making their 17th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Duke (9-7) has an all-time record of 12-3 in the first round and has won nine consecutive first-round games. Duke has reached the semifinals six times, but never has advanced to a final. Junior midfielder Taylor Trimble and senior defender Taylor Virden each was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team. Junior Kerrin Maurer leads the Duke offense, with 48 goals and 26 assists. Duke placed fourth in the ACC with a 3-4 record and was eliminated in the first round of the conference tournament, by Virginia.

The Stanford-Duke Series: After six all-time meetings, Stanford still seeks its first victory in the series. However, this will be the first time Stanford and Duke have played since Amy Bokker has coached the Cardinal. The programs’ most recent meeting was Feb. 17, 2008, when Duke won 16-9 in Dallas.

Looking Ahead: If it advances, the Cardinal would play Notre Dame or High Point in Sunday’s second round, also at Notre Dame. The Irish hold a 9-6 all-time series lead, but Stanford has won their past two meetings: 11-10 on March 29 on the same field, and 8-7 in the second round of last year’s NCAA tournament, in Evanston, Ill. Stanford never has played High Point.
     
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MPSF Player of the Year: Hannah Farr, a junior two-sport athlete at Stanford, 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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Scoring Streak: Lucy Dikeou has scored 21 goals in her past seven games (she did not play against UC Davis, Colorado, or California), accounting for 21 of her 31 goals this season. She has scored a point in all 15 games she has played. Dikeou, a sophomore who was on the Tewaaraton watch list, is second on the team in goals, with 31. She also joins Hannah Farr as the only players to be ranked among team’s top-five leaders in goals, assists, points, ground balls, draw controls, and caused turnovers.

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 of 58 names was whittled down, and the Stanford players were not included. The awards ceremony is May 29 in Washington, D.C.

Balanced Scoring: Stanford is 10th in the nation in scoring offense, but the Cardinal had no individuals among the top 137 goal-scorers in the country (Rachel Ozer is 138th in the country, with 32).  That’s because the Cardinal has such balanced scoring. Stanford has seven players with 20 or more goals, five with 25 or more, and three with more than 30. 

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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:
    10th, Scoring Offense, 13.83 (1st)
    12th, Winning percentage, .778 (2nd)
    14th, Scoring Margin, 5.00 (2nd)
    14st, Points, 344 (3rd)
    19th, Ground Balls Per Game, 17.83 (1st)
    19th, Caused Turnovers, 9.44 (4th)
    24th, Draw Controls, 13.17 (2nd)
   Individual:
    30th, Goals Against Average, Lyndsey Munoz, 9.02 (3rd)
    64th, Caused Turnovers, Lucy Dikeou, 1.33 (7th)
    80th, Saves, Lyndsey Munoz, 85 (7th)
    83rd, Save Percentage, Lyndsey Munoz, .383 (7th)
    90th, Saves Per Game, Lyndsey Munoz, 4.72 (9th)
    98th, Caused Turnover, Megan Lerner, 1.17 (10th)

Rally Time: Stanford has trailed in 11 games this year, and has a 7-4 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 3-3.
   • When trailing with 10:00 left in the 2nd half: 2-3.
   • In games when  trailing by two or more: 4-2.
   • When trailing by multiple goals in the second half: 2-1.
   • Largest deficit: 9-2, 1st half; 12-5, second half, both vs. Denver in MPSF final. Stanford lost 14-11.
   • Largest comeback: Trailed 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 OT 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 OT period.

Against Ranked Teams: Stanford has played four games against teams that were ranked in the IWLCA at the time of the game, and has gone 3-1 -- all on the road. In games against current Top 20 teams, Stanford is 2-2. And against any team that has been ranked in the Top 20 sometime this season, Stanford is 4-2. Stanford’s season resume includes a season-opening 11-9 victory over current No. 10 Ohio State, and an 11-10 comeback victory at then-No. 6 (now No. 14) Notre Dame.

Stanford’s All-Time NCAA Tournament Scores:
2013 second round: at Northwestern 15, Stanford 8
2013 first round: Stanford 8, Notre Dame 7, in Evanston, Ill.
2011 first round: at Florida 13, Stanford 11
2010 first round: at James Madison 9, Stanford 8
2006 first round: at Northwestern 17, Stanford 9


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