March 26, 2010
Saturday, March 27
- at - UCLA - 1 p.m. - Los Angeles, Calif.
Sunday, March 28
- at - Long Beach State - 12 p.m. - Long Beach, Calif.
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2 Stanford (17-1, 3-0 MPSF) takes to the road, heading to Southern California for a Saturday-Sunday set. The Cardinal will open up weekend action Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest against No. 4 UCLA then close things up Sunday afternoon at Long Beach State at 12 p.m.
Last Time Out
Stanford returned from a two-week layoff due to final exams last Sunday, defeating No. 6 Arizona State, 12-6, at Avery Aquatic Center. Sophomore Melissa Seidemann posted a hat trick with three goals in the win, while Kelly Eaton and Kim Krueger each added a pair of goals.
About The Opposition
UCLA (13-5, 2-1 MPSF) has won three of its last four decisions heading into Saturday's contest, and last defeated Arizona State on March 13. The Bruins are led by the play of Priscilla Orozco (27 goals) and Grace Reynolds (23 goals), while in the cage goalie Caitlin Dement leads the MPSF with 9.89 saves per game.
Long Beach State (7-13) enters this weekend off of an 18-4 loss to USC Thursday, a defeat that snapped a season-best three-game winning streak. Krizia Cerda leads the 49ers with 32 goals on the year, while Lauren Sieprath has scored 26. In the cage, Kristen Stragier has made 124 saves this season.
In The National Rankings
The Cardinal remained at No. 2 in the Varsity Top 20 Poll behind No. 1 USC this week.
Among The MPSF Leaders
On the individual side of the MPSF statistics, sophomore Melissa Seidemann is second in the conference with 1.83 goals per game while Kelly Eaton is sixth with a 1.78 goals per game average. Pallavi Menon is tied for 14th with 1.44 goals per game.
Freshman goalie Kate Baldoni
leads the conference with a 2.00 goals-against average, while junior Amber Oland
is third with a 3.67 figure.
On a team level, Stanford is the top-scoring team in the MPSF with 12.83 goals a game, and stands third with a 4.94 goals-against average.
Stanford Picked To Capture MPSF Title In 2010
Stanford was the choice to take home the 2010 MPSF title, according to a poll of the conference's head coaches. The Cardinal received five of the eight first-place votes for a total of 45 points to finish atop the poll. USC was second with 42 points and one first-place vote, while UCLA was tabbed third with 38 points and the two remaining first-place votes.