March 3, 2008
STANFORD pulled off a 13-9 upset in Palo Alto this past Sunday over No. 10 Notre Dame. The Cardinal had taken the Irish to overtime periods in each of the last two years, but got over the hump this time around. Down 5-4 with about 13 minutes left in the first half, Stanford broke out with an 8-1 run over the next 28 minutes of the contest. Senior Laura Shane once again shined in the crease in this annual game, totaling 17 saves and allowing just three goals in the second half. Senior Megan McClain put away four goals. Freshman Sarah Flynn nailed a hat trick off the bench. The Cardinal host Boston College Wednesday (Mar. 5), followed by fifth-ranked Pennsylvania Sunday (Mar. 9).
OREGON won its fourth straight game this past Saturday, 15-7 over Le Moyne in the home opener in Eugene. Oregon. The Ducks scored the final seven goals of the first half to take an 8-1 lead to halftime. Senior Theresa Waldron led the way with three goals and three assists for a game-high six points. Senior Jen May and junior Casey Rector also recorded hat tricks. Oregon is now 4-1 overall, the best start in its four-year history. Four straight wins also ties the best win streak ever for the program. No. 11 Notre Dame is the next opponent, Thursday (Mar. 6) in San Diego, CA, followed by Temple Saturday (Mar. 8) in Pasadena.
DENVER sophomore Ali Flury scored four of her five goals in the final 20 minutes of last Tuesday's game, as the No. 16 Pioneers got past Duquesne 14-11. The Dukes had 5-3 lead at the half, but Denver poured it on in the second with 11 goals, including a 5-0 run over a 14 minute stretch. The Pioneers gave No. 9 Georgetown a huge scare Monday in Denver, but the Hoyas pulled out a 12-11 overtime win. Sophomore Lexi Sanders scored five goals and junior Karen Morton had two goals with three assists. DU is off this week, and will continue the homestand Mar. 11 against Connecticut.
UC DAVIS fell at home to Mount St. Mary's last Wednesday, 16-10. Eight of the Aggies' 10 goals in this game were scored by freshman, led by a first hat trick from Jacklyn Taylor. Monday, the Aggies registered their first win, 14-13 over Holy Cross, as senior Katie McGovern knocked in the game-winner with 13 seconds to go. Senior Katie McMahon had a 2008 MPSF-high nine points on six goals and three assists. UCD is off the rest of the week, as the homestand picks up Mon. (Mar. 10) with Quinnipiac.
CALIFORNIA dropped a 10-7 decision to Ohio State Sunday in Berkeley. Junior Madeleine Dale and sophomore Alyse Kennedy scored twice while senior Brittany Aungier was the point-leader on three assists. The East-West Challenge is up next, as the Bears take on Temple Thursday (Mar. 6) in San Diego, followed by No. 11 Notre Dame Saturday (Mar. 8) in Pasadena.
ST. MARY'S opened its season last Friday with a 16-7 home loss to Mount St. Mary's. Junior PJ Hainley scored the game's final two goals and had a first half assist. The Gaels also lost to Boston College 20-3 Sunday. SMC competes at the Navy Tournament in Annapolis this week, taking on Cincinnati Friday (Mar. 7) followed by Navy Sunday (Mar. 9).
SHANE NAMED MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK Woodland, Calif. -Stanford senior goalkeeper Laura Shane (Baltimore, MD) collected 17 saves as the Cardinal upset 10th-ranked Notre Dame, handing the Irish their first loss of the season. Shane allowed just three goals in the second half in the 13-9 win in Palo Alto. This is her second conference honor this season, also winning the award on Feb. 11. In four career games against powerhouse Notre Dame, Shane has totaled 69 saves (17.25 SPG).