April 15, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - Junior Sarah Bach scored an unassisted goal with 55 seconds remaining in regulation to lead the Stanford women's lacrosse team to a 9-8 victory over No. 19 ranked Yale at Maloney Field on Friday evening. The victory is the first for the Cardinal over a ranked team this season, and the squad improves to 8-5 overall while the Bulldogs fall to 6-6.
Stanford dominated the first 20 minutes of play in a first half that proved to be extremely physical with three yellow card cautions being issued, and a red card being shown to Yale's Katherine Sargent following her second warning. The Cardinal jumped out to a 5-1 lead early in the half, with sophomore Liz Piselli getting the scoring underway with a goal just over three minutes into the game. Freshman Megan McClain assisted on Piselli's score and would pick up her second assist of the evening on a goal by Kelsey Twist four minutes later. Yale answered back with a goal from Marya Myers at the 20:30 mark to cut the Cardinal lead to one, but Stanford responded with a free position goal by Nina Pantano. Stanford was not done scoring, as McClain assisted on a goal by Bach and freshman Ariana Parasco tallied with 8:50 left in the half to stretch the Cardinal lead to 5-1. The Bulldogs closed out the period on a strong note, getting goals from Lauren Taylor and Lara Melniker to cut the deficit to 5-3 at the intermission.
Yale picked up where they left off in the second half, scoring five of the period's first six goals to take charge of the contest. Sarah Driscoll and Alessandra Croffy scored for the Bulldogs to begin the second frame, before Twist stemmed the tide with her second goal of the game at the 21:50 mark. Yale scored three straight goals to take the lead at 8-6 with 15:14 left in the contest, as the Bulldogs got two goals from Taylor and one from Croffy. Freshman Daphne Patterson pulled the Cardinal to within one at the 13:26 mark, but the Bulldogs were able to maintain possession for the better part of nine minutes and wind down the clock.
The Cardinal would equalize with 4:22 left in the contest, as Patterson scooped up a loose ball in front of the Yale net and fired past goalkeeper Ellen Cameron to knot the game at 8-8. The contest seemed destined for overtime as both squads traded possession until Bach broke free and tallied an unassisted score to give Stanford its final margin of victory at 9-8. Bach controlled the following draw, and the Cardinal ran out the clock to register their second straight one-goal win.
McClain assisted on four goals for the evening, a total that ties for the second highest single-game mark in program history. Six different players scored goals for the Cardinal, with Bach, Twist, and Patterson each tallying twice. Yale's Taylor led all scorers with a hat trick, while Croffy scored twice for the Bulldogs.
Freshman goalkeeper Laura Shane turned away nine Bulldog shots on the evening, while Cameron made eight saves in net for Yale.
Stanford hosts Denver in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match up on Sunday afternoon in what will be the final home game for seniors Nina Pantano and Kelsey Twist.
Game Summary: 1 2 - F
Yale (6-6) 3 5 - 8
Stanford (8-5) 5 4 - 9
YALE SCORING: GOALS: Taylor, Lauren 3; Croffy, Alessandra 2; Driscoll, Sarah 1;
Melniker, Lara 1; Myers, Marya 1.
STANFORD SCORING: GOALS: Bach, Sarah 2; Twist, Kelsey 2; Patterson, Daphne 2;
Piselli, Liz 1; Parasco, Ariana 1; Pantano, Nina 1.
ASSISTS: McClain, Megan 4; Burker, Megan 1.
YALE - 24
STAN - 20
YALE - 5-6
STAN - 1-3
YALE - 8
STAN - 9
YALE - 16
STAN - 18