Stanford Women’s Lacrosse And Rival Cal Berkeley Prepare For #3 Syracuse

stanfordwomenslacrosse11Stanford is one victory from matching its best-ever start, but that would have to come against No. 3 Syracuse, the highest-ranked team the Cardinal will play this regular season.

Syracuse (1-0) practiced next to the Cagan Stadium field before the game and watched the first half in preparation for their matchup with the Cardinal on Friday at 3 p.m. on the same field. syracusewomenslacrosse

Stanford Coach Amy Bokker thought playing Albany on Wednesday — the game had been postponed a day because of wet grounds after a series of storms — could only help the Cardinal.

“We need to allow ourselves to find our rhythm,” Bokker said. “It’s almost better to back up the games a little closer together.”

Syracuse brings a high-powered offense that Stanford will be challenged to match. The Cardinal is averaging 17 goals per game and has 10 players with two goals or more. Lindsay (9 goals, 3 assists) and Schmidt (6 goals, 6 assists) lead the team with 12 points apiece.

The No. 3 Syracuse women’s lacrosse squad goes on the road for the first time this season, traveling to California for a pair of weekend contests.

The 2009 meeting is the second all-time between the Orange and Cardinal. Syracuse holds a 1-0 advantage in the series.

Syracuse and California have met once in the history of the two programs. The Orange leads the series, 1-0.

Friday’s game is the first for Syracuse against a ranked opponent this season. In 2008, the Orange was 7-3 against teams ranked in the top 20 … Syracuse hits the road for a two-game swing, its first contests away from the Carrier Dome this season. The Orange posted a 6-1 record in away games in 2008 … Syracuse’s next win will be the 20th for head coach Gary Gait. He enters the weekend with a 19-3 mark at the helm of the Orange program.


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