Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Completes Undefeated Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Season With 13-4 Victory Over Cal Berkeley


Stanford (9-3 overall), ranked No. 14 in the nation, clinched the top seed and a first-round bye in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament by finishing conference play at 6-0. The tournament, to be held at Stanford’s Laird Q. Cagan Stadium from April 23-26, will determine the MPSF title and Stanford will be shooting for its fifth consecutive crown and 12th conference title in 15 years.

Maris Perlman tied a school record by causing five turnovers to lead the No. 14 Stanford women's lacrosse team to a 13-4 victory over rival Cal on Sunday and complete an undefeated conference season.

Maris Perlman tied a school record by causing five turnovers to lead the No. 14 Stanford women's lacrosse team to a 13-4 victory over rival Cal on Sunday and complete an undefeated conference season.

 Perlman, one of four seniors honored at their final conference home game, led an aggressive defensive attack that held the Golden Bears to their lowest scoring total in the series since 2002.

“Our goal was to come through MPSF undefeated, and we did,” Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. “I attribute it to the depth we have on our team.”

The Cardinal got three goals apiece from sophomore Karen Nesbitt, Sarah Flynn and two apiece from Lauren Schmidt, Claire Hubbard and Leslie Foard.

 Stanford pounded the Cal goal with 36 shots and forced 13 saves from a pair of goalkeepers. Meanwhile, Annie Read made eight saves for Stanford.

A victory by Cal (5-10, 3-2) could have put the Golden Bears in position for the No. 1 seed. But Stanford took the Bears out of it early by scoring the first four goals and building a 9-2 lead by late in the first half.

Perlman set the tone defensively by causing turnovers, tying the number she caused in a victory over Albany on Feb. 18, and equaling a Stanford single-game record achieved 10 times by seven individuals. However, Perlman, who has played in every game in her collegiate career, suffered an injury late in the game and had to be removed.

 

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