April 11, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford returns home after five consecutive games on the road and being away from Cagan Stadium for over a month. The Cardinal will face Oregon on Friday, April 11, at 7pm, followed by San Diego State on Sunday, April 13, at 1pm.
The Cardinal split last week as it opened MPSF play against Fresno State and Denver. Stanford knocked off Fresno State, before falling at Denver and at 1-1 is tied for third in the MPSF. Oregon and Denver are both 4-0 and co-lead the conference, while Stanford's other opponent, Fresno State, is winless in the MPSF.
Overall, Stanford is 3-8, but still has a chance for a strong finish before attempting to win its eight-straight MPSF title. The Cardinal will host the MPSF Tournament on April 27 and 29 and winning the tournament would provide an automatic berth in an NCAA play-in game.
The Cardinal continues to be led by seniors Anna Boeri, Emilie Boeri and Catherine Swanson. Emilie leads the team with 40 points on 25 goals and 15 assists. Anna has contributed 18 goals and nine assists, both second best on the team. Swanson is third with 15 goals, but leads the Cardinal with 31 draw controls.
Stanford next three best scorers are all freshmen. Emily Newstrom leads the class with 14 goals, but Hannah Farr (11) and Kyle Fraser (10) have also been effective.
Defensively, Elizabeth Adam leads the team with 21 ground balls, while Nina Swanson has caused a team-leading 12 turnovers. Lyndsey Munoz has made 102 saves already this year and is 14th in the nation with 9.27 saves per game.
Oregon comes to town on Friday as the co-leader of the MPSF. The Ducks are 9-4 overall and 4-0 in conference. Oregon is coming off home wins over Fresno State and UC Davis last weekend where Jana Drummond was named the conference player of the week. Drummond scored 11 goals over the two contests and now has 23 on the season. Nikki Puszcz leads the Ducks with 25 goals, while Shannon Propst leads Oregon with 38 points.
Stanford is 8-1 all-time against Oregon, including defeating the Ducks twice last year. The team schools met in the MPSF title game and despite falling behind 7-0, Stanford came all the way back to win the game, 12-10.
Sunday, Stanford will face San Diego State for the first time. The Aztecs are a new program this season and are off to a good start with a 4-9 record, including 1-4 in conference. The Aztecs are led by Maryland transfer Meris Walsh who has 42 goals, good for second in the MPSF.
Stanford is 2-3 at home so far this season and will finish up with three of five at home before hosting the conference tournament.