Feb. 15, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. --- Sophomore Nina Pantano scored three goals and added
an assist to lead Stanford to a 12-8 victory over UC Davis in a Mountain
Pacific Lacrosse League game at Aggie Field Saturday. The game represented
the season opener for both teams.
For the Aggies, Liz Collett scored her first career goal at 18:06 en
route to a team-high three scores. Seniors Kelly Albin and Kate Hanson each
had two goals and an assist, while Stacy Sugarman also scored. Leslie Kado
recorded a pair of assists for UC Davis. Kristen Braasch posted 12 saves
in net in her first collegiate start.
The Cardinal got two goals and two assists from both Kim Cahill and Kelsey
Twist, while Meghan Bunker recorded a 2-1-3 line. In all, Stanford outshot
UC Davis by a 40-12 margin.
The close margin on Saturday's game stands in contrast to the last year's
contests between the two teams, when UC Davis lost to Stanford by a combined
28-9 in the season series.
"I thought it was a great opener," said Aggie head coach Elaine
Jones. "Last year we got smacked 17-5. This year, we were in the game.
From the first minute, I felt we were in the game.
"Our attack looked strong, our defense was good. Kristen had some
good saves. We made them work for the majority of their goals."
Kado's feed to Albin at the 2:12 put UC Davis on the scoreboard first,
but Stanford countered with a 3-0 run over the next 14 minutes. However,
the Aggies responded with goals by Sugarman, Collett and Hanson to take
a 4-3 lead. The Cardinal added two more goals after a timeout, but Collett
punched in fast-break score to tie the game at 5-5. Twist's free-position
goal gave Stanford a 6-5 lead at the halftime break.
The Cardinal opened the second half with a 5-1 run, three of which came
on free-position opporunities. The Aggies' lone goal in that span was something
of an oddity: Collett earned a free-position shot on an open net as Stanford
goaltender Kate Horowitz was charged with a yellow card.
Albin scored her second goal at 50:27 and Kado set up Kate Hanson for
a score at 55:41 to cut the Cardinal lead to 11-8, but Stanford kept the
Aggies at bay for the final minutes, adding its 12th goal with less than
a minute remaining.
The Aggies continue MPLL play with a game at Saint Mary's on Febrary
|Stanford (1-0, 1-0 MPLL)
|UC Davis (0-1, 0-1 MPLL)
GOALS - STAN: Nina Pantano 3, Kelsey Twist 2, Kim Cahill 2, Megan Burker
2, Abbi Hills 1, Sarah Bach 1, Jess Scott 1. UC DAVIS: Liz Collett 3, Kelly
Albin 2, Kate Hanson 2, Stacy Sugarman 1.
ASSISTS - STAN: Kim Cahill 2, Kelsey Twist 2, Sarah Bach 1, Megan Burker
1, Abbi Hills 1, Nina Pantano 1.
GOALIES - STAN: Virginia Solomon 4 goals, 0 saves (19:31), Christina
Silas 3 goals, 2 saves (23:01), Kate Horowitz 1 goal, 1 save (17:28). UC
DAVIS: Kristen Braasch 12 goals, 12 saves (60:00).