The sixth-ranked Stanford women's lacrosse team earned a trip to Florida for the NCAA tournament. The Cardinal hopes the ride won't stop there.
Stanford (16-2) was awarded the No. 13 seed and will travel to Gainesville for a meeting with the fourth-seeded Gators Saturday at 10 a.m.
"I am a little disappointed that we aren't hosting," Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. "Overall, we are just excited to be in the tournament though and I think that we got a good draw. We know that we are going to have to beat good teams to get to where we want to go."
Stanford is playing in its third NCAA tournament and will be looking for its first program victory. The Cardinal lost, 9-8, to James Madison in last year's first round.
It will be the first meeting between Florida (15-3) and Stanford. The Gators received an at-large bid into the tournament following their loss to Northwestern in the championship game of the American Lacrosse Conference.
Stanford lost at Northwestern, 12-11, in a nonconference contest a little more than two weeks ago. The Wildcats are seeded second, behind Maryland.
"We know that Florida is a dynamic offensive team," Bokker said. "They have been on TV a few times this year so I have had a chance to watch them play. They seem to have a good mix of girls that have played together for a while. I think our depth in the midfield will bode well to matchup with them and deal with the hot weather in Florida."
The Cardinal and the Gators are two of the highest scoring offenses in the nation. Stanford is second in the nation, averaging 16.21 goals per game. Florida is ranked 14th with a 13.72 average.
Sarah Flynn leads Stanford with 48 goals, while MPSF Player of the Year Leslie Foard has 41 goals and 19 assists. Florida is led by Kitty Cullen who has 71 goals, good for second in the nation.
Brian Ragira and Kenny Diekroeger each had two hits as Stanford rallied from a deficit to beat visiting Washington, 7-2, in a Pac-10 Conference game Sunday.
Danny Diekroeger also had two hits and drive in a run for the Cardinal (9-9, 25-16), which swept the Huskies to reach the .500 mark in conference play.
Stanford travels to Stockton for a nonconference game against Pacific on Monday night. The Tigers are coached by former Stanford great Ed Sprague.
Ragira's two-run triple in the eighth gave Stanford a 3-2 lead. Kenny Diekroeger followed with an RBI single and Danny Diekroeger singled to score his older brother.
Zach Jones opened the inning with a double. He added a sacrifice fly in his second go-around of the frame.
Sarah Hassman had two hits and drove in a run and Ashley Hansen had a hit and drove in a run but Stanford dropped a 4-2 decision to host Oregon in a Pac-10 contest Sunday.
The Cardinal (9-9, 37-13) travels to Arizona State for a three-game conference set that will end the regular season. Stanford and the Sun Devils open play Thursday night at 7 p.m.
Track and field
Stanford senior Corey Dysick finished seventh in the decathlon at the Pac-10 multis Saturday at Arizona.