May 13, 2005
No. 3 Stanford defeated No. 6 Michigan 7-2 in the first-round game of the NCAA Tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Starters for the Cardinal tonight were Alison Gregorka, Kelty Luber, Meridith McColl, Katie Hansen, Christina Hewko, Scotti Shafer, and Hannah Luber--who won the sprint for Stanford twice and scored three goals tonight. McColl had a stellar showing as well, posting 10 key saves.
The first quarter got off to a slow start, with both teams missing several shots on goal. Michigan was 0 for 2 in 6 on 5 opportunities at just over 3 minutes left in the first quarter, and Stanford tallied a total of three ejections just in the first quarter. Alison Gregorka, playing in her home-town of Ann Arbor, scored the Cardinal's first goal on a 6 on 5 opportunity with just under two minutes left in the first quarter. Another 6 on 5 just one possession later and Nancy El-Sakkary was able to get one into the net with just over 1 minute left. Hannah Luber put down a key block when the Cardinal were down one, preventing a Michigan goal with :30 to go in the quarter. Stanford finished up the quarter with a 2-0 lead on Michigan, having converted 100% of their 6-on-5 opportunities.
Jacquelyn Gauthier sprinted for the Cardinal to start off the third quarter, winning a tough contest for Stanford. Hannah Luber scores Stanford's third 6 on 5 goal with an assist from Alison Gregorka at 4:09 in the half. McColl later had a phenomenal save when Hausmann shot a quick backhand for Michigan. Gregorka intercepts a pass for Stanford just a minute later, but Stanford doesn't have time to get the ball in the net before the second quarter buzzer went. That ended the first half with Stanford up 3-0.
McColl jumped out to steal the ball on Michigan's first possession, giving Stanford a chance, but they couldn't convert it. Finally, at 3:10 in the third quarter, Hannah Luber
gets a fast-break pass from McColl, and takes it all the way down the pool for Stanford's first goal of the quarter. Less than a minute later, Christina Hewko
manages to do exactly the same, taking a fast-break pass all the way down the pool for a quick low-corner goal. Michigan's Carly Strub scored their first goal of the game at :56 in the quarter, and the third quarter ends with Stanford holding a four-point lead, 5-1.
Michigan's Shana Welch won the sprint for the Wolverines, giving them the first possession of the quarter. McColl garnered a huge save for Stanford as they were man-down with just over 6:00 left, blocking a skip shot by Michigan's Megan Hausmann. Hannah Luber got a quick assist from sister Kelty, scoring Stanford's 6th goal of the game and her third of the game, with 4:13 to go. At 3:13 to go, Michigan's Megan Hausmann scored their second goal of the game on a 6-on-5 opportunity. At 1:52 to go in the game, Val Riss scores her first goal of the game and Stanford's seventh, on a quick goal to the outside of the cage. Kelty Luber stole the ball from Michigan to give Stanford a chance for a goal, but they didn't convert, ending the game with a convincing 7-2 win over Michigan.
Stanford scorers: Luber (3), Riss, El-Sakkary, Gregorka, Hewko.
Saves: McColl (10).