Stanford Holds Off Second-Half Surge In MPSF Season Opener

Feb. 20, 2005

Final Stats

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior midfielder Kelsey Twist had two goals and five assists to lead Stanford to an 11-4 win over UC Davis in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse game at Aggie Field Sunday afternoon in front of 192.

The Aggies open the year at 0-1, both overall and in conference play. The Cardinal improves to 3-0 on the season, and 2-0 in MPSF contests.

Sophomore Katie McMahon led UC Davis with two goals while attacker Megan O'Connor and midfielder Lindsay Messina each added one. Senior defender Jackie Milhoan had the Aggies' lone assist, setting up O'Connor on her team's first goal early in the second half.

Twist was one of three Cardinal players with a pair of goals as juniors Sarah Bach and Nyerr Parham each matched that total. Stanford outshot UC Davis, 31-16, including an 18-6 margin in the first half.

The Cardinal shutout their hosts in the first period, opening the scoring with a goal by sophomore Michelle DeChant. This score was the first of eight straight for Stanford in the first half, then Nina Pantano set up Megan Burker two minutes and 15 seconds into the second half to extend the lead to 9-0.

"We got a little down in the first half when Stanford scored six or seven goals in a row. We had little mental mistakes that were contributing to their goals," said Aggie head coach Elaine Jones. "In the second half, we switched some people up and gained more confidence. The transition started to work better. I think we definitely came out with a little more fire in the second half."

At the 26:39 mark in the second half, freshman Hilary Harkins stopped Pantano's free-position attempt, then Milhoan quickly cleared the ensuing position. On that play, the senior defender assisted O'Connor for the Aggies' first goal of the game and 2005 season.



Stanford quickly matched the goal when Pantano grabbed the next draw then Twist set up Bach for a score at the 24:43 mark. Twist assisted on an Anna Brown goal with 19:17 remaining, but that proved to be the last time the Cardinal found the Aggie cage.

Last year's MPSF scoring leader, McMahon scored her season's first goal on a free-position shot at 10:23, then Messina advanced on the Cardinal cage to add another Aggie goal at 8:52. McMahon added her second goal with 5:21 left, capitalizing on a stick-check caused turnover by teammate Jen Sanderson. However, Stanford managed to control the ball for the final five minutes to claim the victory.

Harkins, who relieved starting goalie Kristen Braasch during the intermission, finished her collegiate debut with six saves against three goals on 13 shots. Braasch stopped five shots in her 30 minutes of play.

UC Davis returns to action with an MPSF game at Saint Mary's on Wednesday.

Stanford (3-0) 8 3 - 11
UC Davis (0-1) 0 4 - 4

GOALS - STANFORD: Kelsey Twist 2, Sarah Bach 2, Nyerr Parham 2, Megan Burker 1, Michelle DeChant 1, Liz Piselli 1, Ariana Parasco 1, Anna Brown 1. UC DAVIS: Katie McMahon 2, Lindsay Messina 1, Megan O'Connor 1.

ASSISTS - STANFORD: Kelsey Twist 5, Nina Pantano 2. UC DAVIS: Jackie Milhoan 1.

GOALIES - STANFORD: Laura Shane 4 saves, 4 goals against (60:00). UC DAVIS: Kristen Braasch 5 saves, 8 goals against (30:00), Hilary Harkins 6 saves, 3 goals against (30:00).