April 29, 2004
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Stanford (8-7) at No. 7 Georgetown (10-4) - 1:00 PM (EST)
Saturday, May 1st - North Kehoe Field - Washington, D.C.
The Cardinal wrap up the regular season with one more big test as they travel to the East Coast to face the No. 7 Georgetown Hoyas this Saturday. This weekend's contest versus the Hoyas is just the second meeting ever between these two programs. Last year, the Hoyas defeated the Cardinal, 15-7 on The Farm.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINAL
Stanford enters the weekend with an 8-7 overall record and a 4-0 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play ... The Cardinal will be the top seed in next month's MPSF Championship ... The Cardinal have posted a 2-1 road record this season and own a 27-19 mark way from Maloney Field since 1997 ... This weekend's contest versus the Hoyas marks the fourth ranked opponent for the Cardinal in their last five games ... Stanford ranks 20th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 8.93 goals per contest ... Senior defender Katie Grube leads the team in caused turnovers with 23 and is Stanford's career caused turnover leader with 101.
Senior goalkeeper Christina Saikus has registered 131 saves on the season and ranks 12th in the country in save percentage (.550) and 16th in goals against average (8.66). Her 131 saves on the season already ranks as the seventh most in a single season in Stanford history.
SCOUTING THE GEORGETOWN HOYAS
The Hoyas enter the weekend with a 10-4 overall record ... Georgetown is ranked No. 7 in this week's IWLCA poll ... The Hoyas are coming off of a narrow 12-11 setback versus No. 8 James Madison. Georgetown's other losses are to Penn State (9-7), Maryland (13-8) and top-ranked Princeton (9-7) ... The Hoyas are led by Sarah Oliphant and Anouk Peters, who have both scored 26 goals on the season ... Coco Stanwick leads the team in assists with 24 ... Georgetown boasts a balanced attack as five players have scored 20 or more goals this season ... Sarah Robinson has started all 14 games in the cage for the Hoyas, registering a .556 save percentage and a 7.43 goals against average.
The No. 20 ranked Stanford University women's lacrosse team fell to the No. 5 ranked Loyola College Greyhounds, 16-8, on April 24th at Maloney Field on the Stanford campus. With the loss, the Cardinal slipped to 8-7 on the year, while the Greyhounds improved to 13-2. Before the game, the Cardinal honored their six seniors, who have helped establish Stanford as the top lacrosse program on the West Coast. The Greyhounds opened the game firing on all cylinders, out-scoring the Cardinal 8-1, en route to the 16-8 win. The Greyhounds rolled off six unanswered goals to start the game before sophomore attacker Megan Burker final got the Cardinal on the board with an unassisted goal with just under 11 minutes left in the first half. Loyola used a balanced attack as seven different Greyhounds found the back of the cage in the first half. The second half open much like the first half started, with the Greyhounds scoring the first six goals after intermission. Senior Kim Cahill stopped the bleeding with a goal midway through the second half with a free position goal to cut Loyola's lead to 14-2. Cahill's goal seemed to spark the Cardinal as they would add six more goals in the final 15 minutes to close the gap. Stanford was led by two goals from Burker and Claire Calzonetti.
TWO STANFORD PLAYERS NAMED MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Two Stanford players have garnered Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week honors in senior Abbi Hills and junior Kelsey Twist. Hills was named the MPSF Player of the Week for her performance during the week of March 22-28th, while Twist earned the weekly honor the following week (29th-April 4th). Hills led Stanford to a 3-0 record and helped the Cardinal clinch the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MPSF women's lacrosse Championship. For the week, Hills scored an amazing 10 goals, including five in Stanford's big 16-5 win over Denver, which clinched the top seed in the MPSF Championship. Twisted turned in an all-around solid performance in the Cardinal's 15-12 overtime win over Cal, scoring four goals and adding an assist, while also registering six draw controls, three caused turnovers and two ground balls.
STANFORD'S UHLFELDER HONORED
Stanford University women's lacrosse Head Coach Michele Uhlfelder was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Uhlfelder, one of 11 inductees, was honored with a Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony on Saturday, January 31st at The Grand Lodge and Masonic Temple in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Each year, the Greater Baltimore Lacrosse Chapter inducts men and women who have made significant contributions to the game of lacrosse in the Baltimore area. Uhlfelder has strong ties to the area with the majority of her family still living there. She grew up in Baltimore and played lacrosse at Pikesville High School in Baltimore and at the University of Maryland, where she was selected a First Team All-American in 1991.
STANFORD GARNERS FIRST-EVER PRESEASON RANKING
The Stanford University women's lacrosse team earned the program's first-ever preseason national top 20 ranking, coming in at No. 14 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll and No. 19 in Lacrosse Magazine's annual preseason listings. Stanford is the only west coast school to ever earn a top 20 national ranking (preseason or regular season). The Cardinal, who return 18 letterwinners from last year's 14-4 team, captured its sixth consecutive league title in 2003 and finished the season ranked No. 15 in the final IWLCA poll.
THE UHLFELDER FILE
Michele Uhlfelder, entering her fourth season as the head coach at Stanford, has been a pioneer for the sport of lacrosse. In 2001, under Uhlfelder's guidance, Stanford became the first west coast university to ever garner a top 20 national ranking. Uhlfelder has built the Cardinal program into a top 20 team and has Stanford on the brink of earning its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. The Baltimore, MD native was also recently honored by being inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Uhlfelder isn't just attracting the best and the brightest student-athletes to The Farm, but has also assembled one of the best coaching staffs in the country. Last season, Uhlfelder's staff made history when they became the first lacrosse program ever to boast three World Cup players as coaches. As a player, Uhlfelder has participated in the game at the highest collegiate and international levels. She is a two-time member of the USA Women's National Team (1997, 2001) and was a key player on the 2001 U.S. squad that won a gold medal at the World Cup. She started all seven games and was the third highest scorer on the American team, ranking sixth among all scorers at the World Cup. Uhlfelder is still very much involved with the U.S. Lacrosse as she was chosen as a selector for the U-19 National team in 2003. She has also served as a coach at US Development camps from 2001-03.