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#20 Denver Women’s Lacrosse Faces #18 Stanford In 2014 MPSF Conference Title Game On May 4


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University of Denver seniors Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) and Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) led the Pioneers with a combined 15 points, as DU upended Oregon 18-9 in the MPSF Semifinals on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Pioneers advance to the MPSF Championship for the second-consecutive year and sixth time in school history. Kyle Fraser scored six goals — one off the school record — to lead Stanford to a 15-6 victory over Colorado and a berth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse championship game. Denver is 1-0 against Colorado with a 15-4 victory at home earlier this year on Feb. 19. The Buffs are in their inaugural year of Division I women’s lacrosse. DU is 0-6 all-time against Stanford in the MPSF Tournament with five of those losses coming in the MPSF Championship game. Of Denver’s five championship appearances, four of the Pioneers’ losses have come by a single goal, including last year’s 7-6 loss on May 4, 2013 in Eugene, Ore. Additionally, Denver and Stanford the last time DU hosted the MPSF Tournament in 2010, with the Pioneers falling 11-10 in double-overtime on a sudden victory goal. The winner of the MPSF Tournament will earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Selections for the NCAA Tournament will be announced Sunday at 7 p.m. MT.

“2014 ALL-MPSF Women’s Lacrosse” Team Selections: Player Of The Year Hannah Farr (Stanford) & Coach Of The Year Liza Kelly (Denver)


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#2 Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Heads To MPSF Championships On May 1-4; Cardinal Will Face Winner Of #3 Colorado Vs #6 San Diego State


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Stanford has received a first-round bye in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse tournament and will open play Friday in the semifinals in Denver. Stanford (13-3 overall, 7-2 MPSF) completed its regular season with an 18-7 victory over California on Thursday, but needed a loss by Oregon in either of the Ducks’ final two games to receive a first-round bye in the six-team conference event. The Ducks obliged Friday, with an 11-5 loss to first-place Denver, ensuring that the winning Pioneers will receive the No. 1 seed at home. Oregon lost again on Sunday, to Colorado, 10-9, finalizing the seeding. Stanford has won eight of the past nine MPSF tournament titles. The tournament winner earns an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.  Here are the MPSF tournament matchups, in Denver (all times Pacific): Thursday First round Game 1: No. 3 Colorado (10-7) vs. No. 6 San Diego State (7-9), 3 p.m. Game 2: No. 4 Oregon (10-7) vs. No. 5 USC (9-8), 6 p.m. Friday Semifinals Game 3: No. 1 Denver vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m. Game 4: No. 2 Stanford vs. Game 1 winner, 6 p.m. Sunday Championship: Semifinal winners, 10 a.m.

Stanford has received a first-round bye in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse tournament and will open play Friday in the semifinals in Denver.
Stanford (13-3 overall, 7-2 MPSF) completed its regular season with an 18-7 victory over California on Thursday, but needed a loss by Oregon in either of the Ducks’ final two games to receive a first-round bye in the six-team conference event.
The Ducks obliged Friday, with an 11-5 loss to first-place Denver, ensuring that the winning Pioneers will receive the No. 1 seed at home. Oregon lost again on Sunday, to Colorado, 10-9, finalizing the seeding.
Stanford has won eight of the past nine MPSF tournament titles. The tournament winner earns an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
Here are the MPSF tournament matchups, in Denver (all times Pacific):
Thursday
First round
Game 1: No. 3 Colorado (10-7) vs. No. 6 San Diego State (7-9), 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 4 Oregon (10-7) vs. No. 5 USC (9-8), 6 p.m.
Friday
Semifinals
Game 3: No. 1 Denver vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Stanford vs. Game 1 winner, 6 p.m.
Sunday
Championship: Semifinal winners, 10 a.m.

#1 Seeded Denver Women’s Lacrosse Hosts MPSF Championships On May 1-4; Pioneers Face Winner Of #4 Oregon Vs #5 USC Quarterfinals Match


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# 20 DENVER (16-1 Overall, 9-0 MPSF) won 11-5 at Oregon to finish the regular season undefeated in the MPSF. The Pioneers are this year's host of the conference championship tournament, seeded No.1, and advancing to Friday's semifinals at 4 pm against Thursday's Oregon-USC quarterfinal winner. Hannah Hook made 14 saves in Eugene, allowing just five goals, having been named to the Tewaaraton watch list earlier in the day. The outcome marked the second straight year Denver has run the regular season table in conference, and fifth time under Liza Kelly. Jill Remenapp is the national assist leader with 46 (2.71 A/G). Hook has the top goals-against average (7.39) and save percentage (.534) in the MPSF.  # 18 STANFORD (13-3 Overall, 7-2 MPSF) is seeded second, earning a quarterfinal bye, taking on the San Diego State-Colorado winner Friday evening at 7 pm. Mackenzie Tesei came off the bench to produce three goals, three caused turnovers, and five draw controls in the regular season finale 18-7 win over California. Hannah Farr also had a hat trick with five draws, while Kelsey Murray scored twice and dished two assists. Lucy Dikeou has scored 26 goals on the year. Lyndsey Munoz has an 8.77 goals-against average.  COLORADO (10-7 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) enters the MPSF Tournament in its inaugural season, seeded third and meeting No. 6 seed San Diego State to open the event at 4 pm (MT) Thursday. After a dramatic 10-9 sudden-victory OT win at Oregon to finish the regular season, the Buffs finished in a three-way tie for third in the standings, and received the top seed in that tied group by virtue of defeating both USC and Oregon during the season. Sarah Lautman delivered her third OT game-winner of the year. Goalkeeper Paige Soenksen averages an MPSF-High 10.35 saves, with a second-best .522 save percentage. Johnna Fusco, who recorded five goals (including an unassisted natural hat trick)) and five draws in the finale, has 54 points on the year.  OREGON (10-7 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) is the four seed in the MPSF Quarterfinals, facing No. 5 seed USC Thursday in the second game at 7 pm (MT). The winner will meet the host and top-seed Friday at 4 pm (MT). The Ducks ended the regular season tied for third, but received the four seed by virtue of a loss to Colorado and a win over USC during the season. Oregon is led by Shannon Propst with 41 assists and 68 points on the year. Caroline Federighi owns the second-best goals-against average in the MPSF at 8.00.  USC (9-8 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) Courtney Tarleton set a Trojan single-game record with eight ground balls against No. 5 Northwestern, the first-ever lacrosse game at Wrigley Field. USC ended the regular season with an 11-5 win at Marquette. Caroline de Lyra totaled nine points on the trip, including three goals and three assists at Marquette, while Alex Moore added seven points. The Trojans, seeded fifth this week, take on No. 4 seed Oregon in the MPSF Quarterfinals.  SAN DIEGO STATE (7-9 Overall, 4-5 MPSF) earned the sixth and final ticket to this year's MPSF Tournament with a 17-4 regular season finale home win over Fresno State. Grace Korandovich recorded a hat trick within the first 12 minutes of the game. Michaela Jarvis added a goal and dished three assists, while Felice Artuso collected five draw controls. The sixth-seeded Aztecs make their first-ever postseason appearance Thursday (May 1) at 4 pm, taking on No. 3 seed Colorado.

# 20 DENVER (16-1 Overall, 9-0 MPSF) won 11-5 at Oregon to finish the regular season undefeated in the MPSF. The Pioneers are this year’s host of the conference championship tournament, seeded No.1, and advancing to Friday’s semifinals at 4 pm against Thursday’s Oregon-USC quarterfinal winner. Hannah Hook made 14 saves in Eugene, allowing just five goals, having been named to the Tewaaraton watch list earlier in the day. The outcome marked the second straight year Denver has run the regular season table in conference, and fifth time under Liza Kelly. Jill Remenapp is the national assist leader with 46 (2.71 A/G). Hook has the top goals-against average (7.39) and save percentage (.534) in the MPSF.
# 18 STANFORD (13-3 Overall, 7-2 MPSF) is seeded second, earning a quarterfinal bye, taking on the San Diego State-Colorado winner Friday evening at 7 pm. Mackenzie Tesei came off the bench to produce three goals, three caused turnovers, and five draw controls in the regular season finale 18-7 win over California. Hannah Farr also had a hat trick with five draws, while Kelsey Murray scored twice and dished two assists. Lucy Dikeou has scored 26 goals on the year. Lyndsey Munoz has an 8.77 goals-against average.
COLORADO (10-7 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) enters the MPSF Tournament in its inaugural season, seeded third and meeting No. 6 seed San Diego State to open the event at 4 pm (MT) Thursday. After a dramatic 10-9 sudden-victory OT win at Oregon to finish the regular season, the Buffs finished in a three-way tie for third in the standings, and received the top seed in that tied group by virtue of defeating both USC and Oregon during the season. Sarah Lautman delivered her third OT game-winner of the year. Goalkeeper Paige Soenksen averages an MPSF-High 10.35 saves, with a second-best .522 save percentage. Johnna Fusco, who recorded five goals (including an unassisted natural hat trick)) and five draws in the finale, has 54 points on the year.
OREGON (10-7 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) is the four seed in the MPSF Quarterfinals, facing No. 5 seed USC Thursday in the second game at 7 pm (MT). The winner will meet the host and top-seed Friday at 4 pm (MT). The Ducks ended the regular season tied for third, but received the four seed by virtue of a loss to Colorado and a win over USC during the season. Oregon is led by Shannon Propst with 41 assists and 68 points on the year. Caroline Federighi owns the second-best goals-against average in the MPSF at 8.00.
USC (9-8 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) Courtney Tarleton set a Trojan single-game record with eight ground balls against No. 5 Northwestern, the first-ever lacrosse game at Wrigley Field. USC ended the regular season with an 11-5 win at Marquette. Caroline de Lyra totaled nine points on the trip, including three goals and three assists at Marquette, while Alex Moore added seven points. The Trojans, seeded fifth this week, take on No. 4 seed Oregon in the MPSF Quarterfinals.
SAN DIEGO STATE (7-9 Overall, 4-5 MPSF) earned the sixth and final ticket to this year’s MPSF Tournament with a 17-4 regular season finale home win over Fresno State. Grace Korandovich recorded a hat trick within the first 12 minutes of the game. Michaela Jarvis added a goal and dished three assists, while Felice Artuso collected five draw controls. The sixth-seeded Aztecs make their first-ever postseason appearance Thursday (May 1) at 4 pm, taking on No. 3 seed Colorado.

NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Ranked Third In MPSF Coaches Preseason Poll


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The USC women’s lacrosse team was selected to finish third in a preseason poll of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) head coaches released on Friday, Jan. 31. The Women of Troy finished fourth in their inaugural season under head coach Lindsey Munday and earned a berth into the conference tournament semifinals.

USC, which went 8-10 overall with a 5-3 mark in MPSF games last season, received 66 points and one first-place vote to be selected third behind defending champion Stanford which earned seven first-place votes and 78 points, and 2013’s regular-season champion Denver which had two first-place votes and 74 points.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Cardinal was picked to win the league title. Stanford, which returns 11 of 12 starters from 2013 has won the MPSF crown eight times.

The coaches picked Oregon to finish fourth with 53 points. California (47), San Diego State (45), and UC Davis (34) were each chosen fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively. First-year program Colorado came in eighth with 23 points. Saint Mary’s College received 16 points in ninth place and Fresno State had 14 in the 10th-place spot.

Last season, Denver went undefeated in league games with an 8-0 record. Stanford and California were each 6-2 and finished in a tie for second place. USC’s overtime victory at San Diego State secured a 5-3 MPSF record and sent the Trojans to the league tournament as the fourth seed.

The 2014 MPSF tournament will feature six teams for the first time in league history. The top two teams at the conclusion of the regular season will receive first-round byes while teams 3-6 play in the quarterfinals. As last year’s regular-season champion, Denver will host the tournament at Peter Barton Stadium in Denver, Colo., May 1-4.

The Trojans open the season at home on McAlister Field against Marist on Feb. 28. The Women of Troy will appear on television in three games in 2014. USC’s matchup against Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on April 11 will be carried live on the Pac-12 Networks regionally. The Trojans and the Cardinal will play in the history Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, April 20, and in front of a Pac-12 Networks national audience. USC will also have the honor of playing in the first-ever lacrosse game to take place at history Wrigley Field when the Trojans face Northwestern on April 26. The game will be broadcast live by the Big Ten Networks.

All non-televised USC home games will be streamed live on USC’s Pac-12 Networks web portal. Please visit http://www.USCTrojans.com for more information and links to live stats and video.

NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Top-Ranked In MPSF Preseason Coaches Poll Followed By Denver, USC, Oregon, Cal And San Diego State


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Stanford collected 78 points and seven first-place votes in taking the top spot in the 2014 Preseason MPSF Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Poll for the fifth consecutive year. The eight-time and defending conference champion returns 11 of 12 starters, and 96 % of its scoring (260 of 272 goals) from last year’s second-round NCAA Tournament Team.

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All-MPSF midfielders Anna Kim, Hannah Farr, Nina Swanson, and Lucy Dikeou return for the Cardinal, as does Rachel Ozer on attack.  Denver, another second-round NCAA Tournament participant, placed second in this year’s poll with 74 points and two first-place votes. The Pioneers put together a 15-game win streak last year and ran the table during the MPSF regular season. Jill Remenapp and Hannah Hook return, with the former leading the nation in assists (74) last year, and tying for the second-most single-season assists in NCAA history, and the latter ranking first nationally in saves (90) and third in save percentage (.514).

Stanford and Denver rank 14th and 16th respectively in the preseason IWLCA coaches’ poll. Taking third is USC with 66 points and one first-place vote. The Trojans come off five MPSF wins in their inaugural year of 2013, and reached the MPSF Semifinals. Every starter returns, including MPSF Rookie of the Year Amanda Johanson (MPSF record 100 draw controls), along with all-conference honorees Courtney Tarleton and Caroline de Lyra.

Oregon is fourth with 53 points, returning 10 starters, three of which picked up a second-team All-MPSF award last year (Shannon Propst, Carly O’Connell, and GK Caroline Federighi). California (47) and San Diego State (45) finished close together in the poll, and with six teams headed to this year’s MPSF Tournament, the coaches’ project both to be amongst the field.

UC Davis (34), Colorado (23), St. Mary’s (16) and Fresno State (14) rounded out this year’s preseason conference poll. The Buffalos will be in their inaugural year of competition. The 2014 season begins Feb. 9 when Oregon visits Stetson, while the first conference game is on Feb. 19 when Colorado makes its conference debut at Denver. The MPSF Championship Tournament is May 1-4 at Denver, with the champion receiving an NCAA Tournament Automatic Bid.

NCAA Lacrosse: MPSF Women’s Lacrosse Releases Latest Standings Featuring Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse (6-0), Denver (5-0), Stanford (3-1), San Diego State (3-2) And USC (3-3) In Top 5


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