March 6, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
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The No. 18 Stanford women's lacrosse team will attempt to extend its perfect start to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation season when it plays at Saint Mary's on Friday. The Cardinal will then follow by attempting to earn its first victory over a ranked opponent this season, when it plays host to No. 20 William and Mary on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Stanford is 4-0 against unranked teams, but 0-2 against ranked opponents. If the Cardinal goes on to win the MPSF, an NCAA postseason bid would depend on Stanford's ability to beat high-caliber nonconference competition. Stanford has five teams left on its schedule that are currently ranked, but William and Mary is the only one Stanford's plays at home.
On the Net
The William and Mary game will be streamed live via CardCam. The free webcast can be found on gostanford.com. Look for the All-Access button on the toolbar of the home page, or scroll down to the "Watch" link on the Calendar of Events. Recaps and statistics of both games will be posted as soon as possible after the games on gostanford.com.
Friends of Jaclyn Challenge Game
Stanford's game against William and Mary has been designated as a Friends of Jaclyn Challenge Game. The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families. Each child is paired with a college or high school athletic team and the team adopts the child as an honorary team member. The foundation is named after Jaclyn Murphy, a 9-year-old who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and was "adopted" by the 2005 Northwestern University women's lacrosse team. Northwestern went to win its first national championship in any sport and finished with a perfect season.
Stanford Captain Recognized
Stanford captain Bess Siegfried, a redshirt junior, was the recipient of the first collegiate scholar-athlete of the week award from her hometown lacrosse on-line magazine, phillylacrosse.com. Siegfried, who hails from Devon, Pa., and graduated from The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pa., revealed that she will play the 2010 season, having been accepted into the Stanford master's program in sociology.
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Stanford played two road games, with differing results. Thirteen Stanford players scored in the Cardinal's 20-3 victory over UC Davis on Wednesday, with Sarah Flynn leading the team with three goals. However, Stanford struggled on indoors at Notre Dame, losing 17-8 on Sunday. The game against the then-No. 12 Irish was basically decided in the opening minutes when Notre Dame began a six-goal barrage that put the game out of reach by halftime.
The MPSF Race
Though Stanford holds the early lead in the Mountain Pacific Sports F
ederation with a 3-0 record, the conference race has yet to heat up, with fellow contenders Denver and California having played one conference game between them to this point. If Stanford gets past Saint Mary's as expected, the regular-season title should come down to two home games within a three-day span, when Stanford plays Denver and Cal, on April 10 and 12.
Friday's Opponent: Saint Mary's
The Gaels are coming off two impressive performances, a 13-10 loss at Davidson on Saturday, followed by a 15-6 victory over Presbyterian on Sunday, on a South Carolina road trip. Senior midfield P.J. Hainley scored five goals for Saint Mary's in its first victory of the season. The game was called with 11 minutes left because of bad weather. The Gaels scored three goals in the first three minutes and bolted to a 9-2 lead. Against Davidson, freshman attack Juliet Munroe scored three goals in a losing effort.
The Saint Mary's Series
Stanford holds a 21-0 lead over the Gaels in their all-time series, winning both games last season by a combined, 39-7. Nine of the games have been decided by 10 or more goals. But Saint Mary's nearly beat Stanford in 2001, only to lose 9-8, in the closest game of the series history. That game was at Stanford.
Saturday's Opponent: William and Mary
Last year, the Tribe was led by senior midfielder from Maine named Jaime Sellers. Now, Sellers is a Stanford assistant coach. This will be her first game against her former team. Sellers scored 66 goals last season, enough to break a school single-season record that had stood for more than 30 years. William and Mary (2-2) is coming off a near-upset of No. 10 Boston University on Saturday, leading the Terriers by five goals. But the Tribe failed to finish and lost, 14-13, in overtime. William and Mary also was fairly impressive against No. 2 Duke, losing 18-11 on Feb. 22.
The William and Mary Series
Sellers scored three goals against Stanford in William and Mary's 9-7 victory last year in Williamsburg, Va. That was the teams' only meeting. Then-senior Daphne Patterson scored three goals for Stanford in the loss.
This season, the Cardinal faces seven of the IWLCA's current Top 20, including five among the current top 11. Of its games against ranked opponents, only two are at home: No. 3 Syracuse (a 15-10 loss Friday) and No. 20 William and Mary on Sunday. Stanford also lost to No. 11 Notre Dame on the road (17-8 on Saturday). Other road games will be played at No. 3 Maryland (March 29), No. 6 Penn (May 2), No. 9 North Carolina (April 19), and No. 14 Johns Hopkins (March 27). Because the MPSF champion does not get an automatic NCAA berth this year, good results against ranked teams will be vital for Stanford.
MPSF Tournament Coming to Stanford
The conference tournament will be played at Stanford for the first time since 2003 when the Cardinal played in the Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League. This year's six-team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation event will be held from April 23-26 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, with the championship final scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.
If the 2003 tournament is any indication, the home field advantage could be big. That year, the Cardinal beat UC Davis in the semifinals, 19-3, and followed with a 15-14 championship victory over California. Stanford scored four late unanswered goals and got a clutch save from goalie Christina Saikus to preserve the victory.
Most Goals: 20, vs. Fresno State (2/12) and UC Davis (2/25)
Most Goals in a Half: 16, vs. Fresno State (2/12)
Fewest Goals Allowed: 1, vs. Fresno State (2/12)
Fewest Goals Allowed, Half: 0 (first), vs. Fresno State (2/12)
Goals: 4, Dana Lindsay, vs. Oregon (2/7)
Points: 6, Dana Lindsay, vs. Oregon (2/7)