Feb. 28, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. -
Fresh off its first victory of the season, the Stanford women's lacrosse team will hit the road for its first away game as it takes on No. 13 Ohio State at 9 a.m. (PT) on Saturday, March 2 in Columbus, Ohio.
Stanford (1-1) split its first two matches on the season, dropping its season opener to No. 9 Notre Dame, 12-10, and earning an 18-13 victory over Harvard.
Stanford is 5-4 all-time against Ohio State, losing its most recent meeting in 2012 by a 14-10 decision. The Cardinal was victorious in its last trip to Ohio State on March 5, 2011, when it knocked off the Buckeyes, 17-5.
THE LAST MEETING
February 12, 2012
Stanford Comeback Falls Short
No. 6 Stanford dropped to 0-2 on the season, falling to No. 18 Ohio State, 14-10. The Buckeyes took an early lead and despite a comeback effort, the Cardinal fell just short.
Ohio State (2-2) is coming off a 13-8 loss against Notre Dame. The Buckeyes return 20 letterwinners - including nine starters - to a team that went 11-6 in 2012.
Stanford has been strong and balanced on offense through its first two games, with 12 different Cardinal scoring goals. Stanford has recorded a .491 shot percentage after converting 28 of 57 shot attempts. The Cardinal is averaging 14.0 goals per game, while holding opponents to 12.5 per game.
After playing just five games in 2012 due to injury, junior Rachel Ozer has been an offensive force for Stanford, leading the team in points (nine) and assists (five). Ozer has already tied her goal total (four) and exceeded her assist total (two) from five matches in 2012.
The Cardinal has also seen the emergence of freshman Lucy Dikeou, who has racked up the second-most points on the team with seven, contributing a team-high five goals and two assists. Dikeou scored a hat trick in her collegiate debut against Notre Dame and accounted for two goals and two assists against Harvard.
Stanford has been strong defensively averaging 10.5 caused turnovers per game and scooping up 32 ground balls, compared to opponents' 24.
The Cardinal has dominated draw controls, holding a 37-20 advantage in the category. Junior Megan Lerner has been a major factor in that area, picking up eight against Harvard to tie Stanford's all-time record for most in a single game.
Live stats will be available on GameTracker via GoStanford.com.