Stanford (1-3, 0-0 NorPac) returns home this weekend with matches against No. 4 Iowa (2-2, 0-0 Big Ten) and No. 19 Albany (3-1, 0-0 America East).
Sept. 9, 2008
Stanford Cardinal (1-3, 0-0 NorPac)
No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes (2-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008
Site: Stanford, Calif.
Time: 12 p.m.
No. 19 Albany Great Danes (3-1, 0-0 America East)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008
Site: Stanford, Calif.
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Stanford (1-3, 0-0 NorPac) returns home this weekend with matches against No. 4 Iowa (2-2, 0-0 Big Ten) and No. 19 Albany (3-1, 0-0 America East). The Cardinal will be playing its first home match since the season opener back on Aug. 30. Stanford is almost finished with a difficult five-game stretch that includes four contests against nationally-ranked opponents. No. 4 Iowa is the highest ranked opponent to visit the Varsity Field Hockey Turf since No. 3 Wake Forest's visit last October.
Scouting No. 4 Iowa
Despite checking in with a 2-2 overall record, Iowa holds down the No. 4 in the latest edition of the national rankings. That's because the Hawkeyes have navigated through a brutal early schedule, including an impressive 3-2 upset at No. 1 North Carolina two weeks ago. Caitlin McCurdy is the team leader in goals scored (4).
Scouting No. 19 Albany
Albany has become a fixture in the national rankings, coming in at No. 19 this week. The Great Danes have outscored their opponents 10-4, with their only loss coming in the form of a 2-0 setback at No. 12 American. Michele Polizois, the reigning America East Player of the Week, has been on target with 14 of her 20 shot attempts.
Scoring Balance Early On
While the Cardinal has tallied only seven goals through the first four games, the scoring has been balanced throughout the lineup. Freshman Stephanie Byrne leads the club with two goals, while Katherine Donner, Jaimee Erickson, Camille Gandhi, Rachel Mozenter and Xanthe Travlos have all found the cage once. Nine different players have registered at least one shot attempt.
Second Half Surge
One area of focus going forward for the Cardinal will be to improve its offensive efficiency in the first period. Stanford has been outscored 8-3 and outshot 31-10 over the first 35 minutes through the first four games. However, the Cardinal has displayed the ability to bounce back in the second half with four goals while trailing only 23-19 in shot attempts.
Fresh off last week's five-day, three-game road trip against a trio of Michigan schools, Stanford hits the road again next week for another five-day, three-game road stretch. This time the Cardinal opens NorPac play against Appalachian State, Radford and Longwood.