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Women's Lacrosse Opens Season at Home against Stanford

Feb. 17, 2005

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This Week in Women's Lacrosse:The Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team will open the 2005 season at home against the Stanford Cardinal on Friday afternoon. The game between the Gaels and Cardinal is schedule to begin at 3:30 p.m. in Saint Mary's Stadium. Stanford enters the game with a 1-0 record after opening its season with a 19-6 victory over Oregon on Feb. 12, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest.

Scouting the Stanford Cardinal:Stanford opened the season with a 19-6 win over Oregon, which is in its first season as a Division I program. Seven players recorded goals in the game against the Ducks, as sophomore Elizabeth Piselli led the way with five goals. Also adding hat tricks were Sarah Bach, Nina Pantano and Megan Burker. Bach and Pantano had four goals each and Burker added three tallies.

Stanford returned 13 players from a 2004 squad that finished the season with a 9-9 record and posted a 4-0 record in the MPSF a year ago. The Cardinal returned three of its top five scorer from last year, including their point leader Megan Burker. Burker tallied 41 points a year ago, tying for the team lead with 30 goals while adding 11 assists. Kelsey Twist finished third on the 2004 squad with 32 points and Nina Pantano was fifth on last year's team with 20 points on 18 goals and two assists. The three above mentioned players started all 18 games for Stanford last season.

A Look at Head Coach Brandon Badgley: Brandon Badgley was announced as the head women's lacrosse coach on December 10, 2003. Badgley finished his first year with a 4-12 record. He came to Saint Mary's from San Luis Obispo, CA where he was the head coach for the Cal Poly women's lacrosse club team from 2000-03. Over that time, Badgley coached the Mustangs to a 70-13 overall record, which included three straight US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate Associates (WDIA) national championships in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Badgley was named the WDIA National Coach of the Year in 2003.

2004 In Review:The 2004 Saint Mary's women's lacrosse season was filled with ups and downs. Under the direction of first-year head coach Brandon Badgley, SMC posted a 4-12 overall record and finished 0-4 in the newly established Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Gaels opened the season with a 16-4 win over Claremont before suffering a four-game losing skid, which included three MPSF losses to Stanford, Denver and UC Davis, respectively. Other wins for the Gaels included a 13-9 victory over Wagner, a 16-13 win at Howard and a 15-7 triumph at Regis University. Highlighting the season was senior attacker Colette Spencer scoring a SMC single season record 64 goals en route to her selection to the All-MPSF First Team. Spencer averaged 4.0 goals per game to rank third in the country, 4.68 points per game ranking seventh in the nation, and her 3.44 draw controls per game ranked her second nationally. Freshman midfielder Jackie Spencer had an outstanding season to begin her career at Saint Mary's. Spencer set a freshman record by scoring 43 goals in 2004. She also set first-year records for ground balls (36), draw controls (22) and caused turnovers (20). Her 20 caused turnovers led the team this season.

Jackie Spencer Set SMC Freshman Goals Record: Jackie Spencer scored 43 goals as a freshman and finished second on the team in goals scored. She set the SMC single season record for goals scored by a freshman, topping Megan Bryan's first-year total of 38 set in 2000. Spencer also set a single season records for freshmen with 52 points and nine assists.

Gaels add Seven Players to Roster for 2005This season Saint Mary's will welcome seven new faces to the women's lacrosse roster. In the 2005 class, there are six freshmen and one transfer. The lone transfer is Whitney Pappas, who was a member of the Regis University women's lacrosse team for two seasons before moving to Moraga. Pappas will add to the depth of the Saint Mary's attacking line. Joining Pappas in the 2005 recruiting class are six freshmen. The positions most affected by this incoming class will be the midfield, where three players have been added. Jessica Tsou, Alex Oetken and P.J. Hainley will add depth to the midfield for Saint Mary's. Sara Jo Rodriguez and Amanda Walker will be added to the defense, giving the Gaels five players at those positions. The final addition is Jen Utley, who comes to SMC from Bainbridge Island, WA. Utley is the lone freshman addition to the Gaels attacking group. Utley should make an immediate impact in the Gaels scoring after posting 34 goals and 16 assists as a senior.

What's on the Slate for Next Week:Saint Mary's will return to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play next week when the Gaels host UC Davis on Wednesday, Feb. 23 beginning at 3:30 p.m.