March 12, 2006
Stanford, CA - The Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team dropped their second straight game on Sunday afternoon, falling to No. 20 Stanford 18-7 at Stanford. The Gaels fall to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.
In the first half the Gaels allowed 12 goals, but settled down in the second half and held the Cardinal to six goals.
After three straight road games the Gaels return home for six straight games, beginning Saturday, March 18 when they face Long Island at 3:30 p.m. at Saint Mary's Stadium.Stanford took control of the game early, netting the first two goals of the match within 17 seconds of each other in the fourth minute. Sarah Bach notched the first goal for the Cardinal on a pass from Michelle DeChant.
On the next possession, the senior launched a well-placed pass to Megan McClain to give the Cardinal an early two-goal lead. After midfielder Jackie Spencer put Saint Mary's on the board just a minute later, the Cardinal rallied to outscore the Gaels 6-1 in the next ten minutes. Junior Liz Piselli led another four-goal run by the Cardinal to close out the first half. Sophomore Daphne Patterson capped the run with her first goal of the afternoon to send Stanford into the break holding its largest halftime margin of the season, 12-4.
Patterson opened the second half just as she had closed the first, netting a goal just over a minute after resuming play. Senior Megan Burker and freshman Bis Fries tallied goals early in the first half as well, to give the Cardinal a commanding 11-goal lead. Saint Mary's reduced the deficit with a brief 3-1 run led by sophomore Chloe Dee, but it was not enough to stop the onslaught of Cardinal scoring. Piselli netted a goal late in the second half before feeding Patterson four minutes later. Stanford finished the game with 18 goals from ten different players and their largest margin of victory so far in 2006.