May 3, 2007
This Week in Gael Lacrosse
This week the Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team will travel to Davis to participate in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation playoffs. The playoffs will begin on Friday afternoon and conclude on Sunday with the championship game. Saint Mary's enter's the tournament as the six-seed and will play the No. 3-seeded Stanford Cardinal on Friday evening at 5 p.m. at Aggie Stadium.
The SMC versus Stanford game will follow the No. 4-seeded California versus the No. 5-seeded UC Davis Aggies, which will begin at 3 p.m. Saint Mary's will then play again on Saturday. Should SMC defeat Stanford, the Gaels would play the no. 1 seed, the Denver Pioneers, but if the Gaels drop the game to Stanford, SMC would play the loser of the California versus UC Davis contest.
Saint Mary's enters this week with a 3-12 overall record and finished MPSF play with an 0-5 record. The Gaels are coming off a 15-6 loss to UC Davis to end the regular season on Saturday. SMC's first round opponent, Stanford, ended the regular season with a 6-8 overall record and a 3-2 ledger against MPSF opponents. When Saint Mary's and Stanford played to open the 2007 season, the Cardinal posted a 22-6 win over the Gaels.
Scouting the Stanford Cardinal
Stanford enters the MPSF Playoffs with a 6-8 overall record and a 3-2 finish in conference play. The Cardinal enter the MPSF Playoffs as the three-seed. Stanford's two conference losses were to Denver, the one seed, and Oregon, the two seed. Stanford finished the regular season winning two of its last three games, and ended the season with a 12-9 loss at Boston University.
The Cardinal are lead by Daphne Patterson who has 31 points on 26 goals and five assists. The 26 goals by Patterson leads the team. The team's assist leader is Megan McClain, who has 10. McClain is second on the team with 30 points as she has added 20 goals this year. Lauren Schmidt is third on the team with 28 points, and her 21 goals rank second on the squad. Laura Shane has played every minute in goals for Stanford and has a 10.35 goals against average while recording a 52.1 save percentage with 160 saves.
SMC versus Stanford; The Series
When the Gaels and Cardinal meet on Friday, it will mark the 14th meeting between the two schools. Stanford has won all 13 games contested between the two schools. Since Saint Mary's joined the Division I ranks in 2000, SMC and Stanford have played at least once in each of the past seven seasons. In the last game played between SMC and Stanford, the No. 16 ranked Cardinal posted a 22-6 victory over the Gaels in Moraga to open the 2007 campaign.
SMC In The MPSF Playoffs
Since joining the MPSF in 2004, Saint Mary's has an 0-4 record in the MPSF Playoffs. The MPSF did not have a playoff in 2004. The Gaels lost games to Denver and Oregon in the 2005 tournament and lost to Oregon and UC Davis in the 2006 event. The highest seed for SMC in the tournament was a five-seed in 2006.
2007 MPSF Playoff Schedule
MPSF Quarterfinals - Fri. May 4Game 1: #5 UC Davis vs. #4 California - 3:00 p.m.Game 2: #6 St. Mary's vs. #3 Stanford - 5:00 p.m.
MPSF Semifinals - Sat. May 5Game 3: Losers Games 1 & 2 - 1:00 p.m.Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. #1 Denver - 3:00 p.m.Game 5: Winner Game 2 vs. #2 Oregon - 5:00 p.m.
MPSF Finals - Sun. May 6Game 6: 3rd Place: Losers Games 4 & 5 - 11:00 a.m.Game 7: 1st Place: Winners Games 4 & 5 - 1:00 p.m.
Looking Back at the Last Game
The last time SMC took the field, the Gaels posted conference losses California (18-9) and UC Davis (15-6). In the loss to California, the Bears opened a 9-0 lead, before the Gaels scored with one second left on the clock. SMC held tough with Cal in the second half, scoring eight times, while Cal scored nine goals. Against the Aggies, Saint Mary's kept the score close throughout most of the first half. After leading 2-1, UC Davis opened a 4-2 lead before SMC cut the deficit to 5-4 late in the first half. UC Davis scored two late first half goals to lead 7-4 at halftime. The Aggies out scored the Gaels 8-2 in the second half, and earned the five-seed in this weeks MPSF Playoffs.
Looking Back At The Season
The 2007 season for the Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team was a year of transition for the Gaels, and first-year head coach Lauren Uhr. The Gaels won just three games this year, but the change in the program with Uhr leading the squad is already starting to show through. Saint Mary's got its first win by defeating Siena 17-15 in overtime, as freshman Abbie Coleman led the Gaels with a career-high six points on four goals and two assists. After a loss to Iona (9-10), SMC won its second game of the year, and second in three games, by defeating Lafayette 16-13. Jackie Spencer had four goals and an assist against the Leopards and P.J. Hainley had six points on two goals and four assists. The third win of the season came at Manhattan College as the Gaels scored a season-high 18 goals against the Jaspers in an 18-10 road win. Hainley had a career game against the Jaspers by scoring seven points on a team-season high five goals while adding two assists.
PJ Hainley Leads 2007 Squad In Points
P.J. Hainley leads the team in points with 31. Hainley is tied for second on the team with 11 assists and is also second on the team with a career-high 20 goals. She also leads the team with 41 ground balls and 30 draw controls. Senior
Spencer Closing In On 100 Career Goals
Senior Jackie Spencer is closing in on the 100-goal mark, as she has a team-high 24 goal this season to bring her career total to 94. Spencer will need to score six times in the two MPSF Playoff game to become SMC's third player to score 100-career goals.
Coleman Leading Freshman Charges
Freshman Abbie Coleman is making a solid impact in her first season, and is third on the team with 30 points on 18 goals and 12 assists. Coleman has scored in 11 games this season, and has scored multiple goals six times. She currently leads the team in assists with 12 and is second on the squad with 30 total points.
Fellow Freshman Lending A Helping Hand
Alana Burrough and Amber Lister help to show signs that the future is bright for the Gaels. Burrough has 22 points on 13 goals and nine assists, while Lister has 11 goals and three assists in eight games as a freshman. Lister missed half of the season with an ankle injury. Amy Daniels has also had a solid first season for SMC as she has 10 points on seven goals and three assists in a reserve role in 2007.
SMC Ranked In Top-30 Nationally
Saint Mary's is ranked in the top-30 in two statistical categories. The Gaels own the top spot in the country in ground balls and are ranked 21st overall in caused turnovers. Saint Mary's is averaging 25.46 ground balls per game and are more than two ground balls ahead of second place Marist. SMC has caused 133 turnovers this season and the 8.8 caused turnovers per game is tied with Maryland for 30th in the nation. American University leads the nation with 12.2 caused turnovers per game.
Jackie Spencer In SMC Record Books
Senior midfielder Jackie Spencer ranks in the top-10 in all three offensive scoring categories. Spencer entered the season ranked fourth in total points with 87, third in goals with 70, and seventh in assists with 17. With her 29 points this season, she moved ahead of Molly Wagner for third place and now has 116 career points. Her 94 career goals are 39 behind Megan Bryan's second place total of 133. With five assists this season, she is now tied with Thera Luce for sixth place all-time. Molly Wagner is fifth with 23 career assists.