[-/RV] Denver Upsets [12/12] Stanford 10-7
Stevenson sets new career best with 16 saves in win
Feb. 12, 2017
STANFORD, Calif. – The [-/RV] University of Denver women’s lacrosse program put a foot on the gas early in the contest against [12/12] Stanford on Sunday, scoring five of the first six goals of the game en route to a convincing 10-7 road win against the nationally-ranked former MPSF foe. The Pioneers improve to 3-0 on the year, first time in school history DU has won its first three games of the season, while the Cardinal fell to 1-1.
“I am so proud of how hard the team worked this week,” said head coach Liza Kelly. “They stuck to the game plan and, even though we hit a few lulls in the game, they had each other’s backs. [Maddy] Stevenson was absolutely amazing and her defense gave her the shots she wanted to see. I am excited to get back to work to prepare for our next game.”
Maddy Stevenson turned in a career performance, making 16 saves while backstopping the win to contain the potent Stanford attack. Stevenson’s last career game came on April 29, 2016, in a 10-5 loss to [4/5] Southern California in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Semifinals where she made 12 saves.
On the offensive end, sophomores Kendra Lanuza and Julia Feiss combined for seven goals as Lanuza ended with four, also a new best, while Feiss tied her career high with three in the win. Nicole Martindale, Katherine Fischer and Audrey Schreck all added a goal in the process, as Elizabeth Behrins posted two assists to Fischer’s one.
Stevenson also had four ground balls to her total, while Hunter Gray and Nicki Wilkinson added three apiece and Layne Voorhees finished with three caused turnovers, two ground balls and a draw control.
Kelly Myers and Dillon Schoen led the Cardinal with two goals each, combining for seven caused turnovers on the day, while Allie DaCar took the loss while finishing with five saves.
Schreck, Feiss and Lanuza teamed up for the first three goals of the game by the 24-minute mark before Stanford could drum up a response from Kelsey Murray at 22:41 to get the hosts on the board at 3-1. Lanuza put away the next pair of goals for the Crimson and Gold, recording the hat trick with 18:37 remaining in the opening half and a 5-1 Denver lead.
The Cardinal fought back, taking four of the final six goals in the frame as Denver got one each from Fischer and Martindale en route to a 7-5 advantage heading into the locker rooms.
Stevenson recorded six saves in the half, but turned in an even better performance in the second as she put a stop to 10 Stanford shots. In the meantime, DU took the first two goals after the break as Feiss and Lanuza put the visitors up 9-5 with 25:32 on the timer and prompted a response from the Cardinal mere seconds later to make the score 9-6 on a goal from Hannah Dudley.
The teams traded goals yet again with the hosts recording the final score of the game at the 15-minute mark as Stevenson put a stop to six shots through the remainder of the contest to keep Denver on top for the 10-7 final.
The Pioneers will return to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium this week for the home opener against [18/RV] Louisville on Saturday, February 18, with opening draw set for 3 p.m. MT.
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