Complete Release in PDF Format March 26, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
The No. 14 Stanford women's lacrosse team resumes action after a 19-day layoff because of Dead Week and winter quarter finals, and the task could hardly be tougher. The Cardinal begins its two-game Spring Break road trip with unranked Johns Hopkins (4-4), a classic name in collegiate lacrosse circles, and then plays its highest-ranked opponent this year, No. 2 Maryland (9-0). Stanford, the four-time defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion, is seeking its first road victory over a ranked team and seeks to establish itself as a worthy candidate for an NCAA at-large bid. This will mark the first of three East Coast trips that Stanford will embark upon to play ranked opponents.
On the Net
Live stats for both games will be available via Gametracker, which can be found on gostanford.com. The live stats can be accessed through the Gametracker link in the Calendar of Events on the gostanford.com main page, or through the schedule on the women's lacrosse page.
The last time Stanford played, on March 8, it was ranked No. 18 in the IWLCA coaches' poll. There have been three sets of weekly rankings since, and Stanford has since climbed to No. 14, impressing voters with its 18-9 victory over then-No. 20 William and Mary, and taking advantage of losses by other ranked teams. This marks Stanford's highest ranking since it rose to No. 10 after beating No. 6 Penn on March 9, 2008. However, Stanford followed that game with three consecutive losses to fall back to No. 16. First, Stanford suffered a 15-7 home loss to Maryland and then a pair of Spring Break losses at William and Mary, and James Madison.
Milestone Victory for Bokker
First-year Stanford coach Amy Bokker earned her 100th career victory in Stanford's last game, an 18-9 victory over then-No. 20 William and Mary, on March 8. Bokker is in her 13th season as a collegiate head coach after spending her first season at American and her next 11 at George Mason. Bokker's career record stands at 100-104.
Stanford vs. Ranked Opponents
Against teams currently in the IWLCA Top 20, Stanford is 0-2, having lost at home to No. 8 Syracuse, 15-10, and at No. 9 Notre Dame, 17-8. Syracuse was ranked No. 2 at the time (Feb. 20), but has since fallen back. Therefore, it would seem Maryland, tied for No. 2 with Pennsylvania, becomes the toughest opponent yet for the Cardinal, though that could change. Stanford still has No. 4 North Carolina (April 19) and co-No. 2 Penn (May 2) on its schedule -- both on the road.
The MPSF Race
Stanford (4-0) has played more games in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play than all but Fresno State (0-4). Because the seven MPSF schools have played varied conference schedules, the conference race is tough to gauge. However, Stanford is one of three unbeaten in league play, along with California (2-0) and Denver (1-0). Those two are expected to contend with Stanford for the title. Stanford will play both at home, within two days of each other, April 10 and 12. The top two placers in the conference regular season get first-round byes in the MPSF Tournament, to be held at Stanford April 23-26. Only the MPSF Tournament champion will be recognized as the conference champion.
Friday's Opponent: Johns Hopkins
The Blue Jays were No. 15 in the preseason rankings, but dropped out after losing four of their first six games. Johns Hopkins has since won two straight and has played three games in the time since Stanford has last played. Their only common opponent has been Oregon. Johns Hopkins lost in Eugene to the Ducks, 12-10. Stanford beat Oregon, 17-5, in their season opener. Johns Hopkins holds a 2-0 series lead over Stanford, having last played in 2000, a 16-6 Blue Jay victory.
Johns Hopkins first-year assistant coach Jennifer Kasper began her coaching career at Stanford in August 2007. Though only one year out of college, she was elevated to co-head coach during the season alongside Adam Norton and helped guide the Cardinal to the 2008 MPSF championship, the team's fourth in a row.
Saturday's Opponent: Maryland
The Terrapins have qualified for the NCAA Tournament the past 19 years and have won nine championships, though none since 2001. Maryland (9-0) is led by junior midfielder Caitlyn McFadden, an All-America selection last season and a member of the United States team that will play in the World Cup June 17-27 in the Czech Republic. McFadden has 23 goals and 13 assists for 36 points, going into Maryland's game against James Madison on Friday.
Stanford and Maryland match up closely in several team statistical categories. Both are ranked among the top 10 offenses and defenses in the country. In scoring offense, Stanford is No. 5 in the nation (15.75 goals per game) and Maryland is No. 9 (15.13). In scoring defense, Stanford is No. 8 (8.38) and Maryland is No. 9 (8.75). In scoring margin, Stanford is No. 5 (7.38) and Maryland is No. 8 (6.38). And in points, Stanford is No. 7 (184) and Maryland is No. 9 (175).
In their most recent game, Stanford put together its best overall performance of the season, in an 18-9 victory over then-No. 20 William and Mary, at Stanford on March 8. The game was notable for two school-record matching feats. Lauren Schmidt scored six goals to tie a mark held by six others. And fellow junior Claire Hubbard had five assists to tie the mark set by Kelsey Twist in 2005.
Stanford has eight players from Maryland and each game on the trip will provide a group of them to play before hometown fans. Six players (Anna Boeri, Emilie Boeri, Sarah Flynn, Maria Fortino, and Claire Hubbard) are from the Baltimore side of the state where the Cardinal plays Johns Hopkins. And two (Leigh Lucas and Catherine Swanson) are from the Washington, D.C. metro area, which is close to Maryland's College Park campus. In addition, injured freshman Erika Herrera is from the Virginia side of the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
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: 6, Lauren Schmidt, vs. William and Mary (3/8)
Points: 6, Dana Lindsay, vs. Oregon (2/7)
6, Lauren Schmidt, vs. William and Mary (3/8)
Assists: 5, Claire Hubbard, vs. William and Mary (3/8)
Caused Turnovers: 5, Maris Perlman, vs. Albany (2/18)
Shots: 8, Lauren Schmidt, vs. William and Mary (3/8)
Saves: 8, Annie Read, vs. William and Mary (3/8)
8, Annie Read, vs. Notre Dame (2/28)