Feb. 15, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 6 Stanford won't get a break from tough competition as it heads out on the road to face No. 20 Notre Dame on Sunday, February 19, at 9 a.m., PT. Stanford is off to an 0-2 start as the young team fell to a pair of ranked opponents in the opening weekend.
The Cardinal opened with No. 1 Northwestern, losing 18-6. Stanford hung with the Wildcats in the opening half, but in the end, the talented and experienced squad that won last year's NCAA title pulled away. Stanford then took on No. 18 Ohio State and after a slow start began to play its best lacrosse in the second half of that game. However, Stanford could not quite find the scoring touch despite good chances and lost that game, 14-10.
Despite the tough loss, the Cardinal has to be encouraged with the second half of the Ohio State game as the young team appeared to be rounding into form. The Cardinal will hope to carry that momentum for a full 60 minutes versus Notre Dame.
The Irish have yet to play a regular season game, making Stanford its opener. Last season, Notre Dame came to Stanford as the No. 10 team in the country and lost the opener at Cagan Stadium, 13-12. The Cardinal 4-7 all-time against Notre Dame with that win as the Boeri sisters led the way. Emilie Boeri had a hat trick for Stanford, while Anna Boeri had a goal and three assists.
So far this season, the Cardinal offense has revolved around the Boeri sisters, Rachel Ozer, Anna Kim, freshman Hannah Farr and particularly Catherine Swanson who was named MPSF Player of the Week. Swanson has a team-leading four goals on the year, but also leads the Cardinal with six draw controls and is second on the team with six ground balls.
Defensively, Megan Lerner
has stepped into a starting role and leads the Cardinal with eight ground balls. Nina Swanson
and Elizabeth Adam
have also been solid in the back. Lyndsey Munoz
has made 17 saves, including 13 saves.
Notre Dame finished last season 10-9, including 6-2 in the BIG EAST. The Fighting Irish are picked to finish fourth in the BIG EAST this season. Last year's top point scorer Maggie Tamasitis returns having racked up 46 assists and 67 points a year ago. The top returning goal scorer is Kaitlyn Brosco who had 32 goals as a freshman last season.