Feb. 16, 2007
Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team opened it 2007 season and its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation campaign with a 22-6 defeat to the No. 16 ranked Stanford Cardinal on Friday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. With the win, Stanford improves to 1-1 overall and 1-1 in the MPSF. The Gaels drop to 0-1 overall and 0-1 in MPSF play.
Stanford, which came into the game following an opening season conference loss to Oregon (10-6) on Monday, took out their frustrations on the Gaels on Friday. Stanford's Lauren Schmidt opened the game with the first goal just 1:20 in to the contest and SMC's Jackie Spencer answered at the 24:01 mark of the half to even the score at 1-1. From there, the first half was all Stanford as the Cardinal ran off nine straight goals before the Gaels answered on an unassisted goal by Sonja Kapusta at the 9:37 mark.
During the nine-goal outburst by the Cardinal, Schmidt added three free position goals, Liz Piselli scored three times and Daphne Patterson, Maris Perlman and Bess Siegfried added one goal each. Stanford closed the half with four more unanswered goals to take a commanding 14-2 lead at the intermission.
The Cardinal opened the second half with two more goals before SMC scored three of the next four. P.J. Hainley scored her first goal of the season off an assist by Kapusta at the 25:25 mark and Amber Lister netted her first collegiate goal at the 18:02 mark. Spencer and Chloe Dee scored the final two goals for SMC.
Kapusta led the Gaels with three points on a goal and two assists and Spencer finished the game with two goals. For Stanford, Lauren Schmidt finished with a game-high six points on five goals and one assists. Amanda Schwab had five points on three goals and two assists, and Sarah Blahnik (2g 1a) and Piselli (3g) had three points each.
Stanford out shot the Gaels 32-15, and Stanford goalkeeper Laura Shane finished the game with six saves to record the win in net. The Saint Mary's goalkeeping duo of Hilary Gardner and Sara Jo Rodriguez finished the game with four total saves, as both players recorded two saves each.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 24 when the Gaels host the Canisius College Griffins. The game between SMC and Canisius will begin at noon in Saint Mary's Stadium.