Stanford lacrosse opens season ranked No. 20 in nation


Stanford will open the 2015 women's lacrosse season ranked No. 20 in the IWLCA coaches' poll.

The Cardinal is one spot behind Denver among Mountain Pacific Sports Federation programs in the rankings, with reigning national champion Maryland on top.

Stanford plays four Top 20 teams -- at home against No. 10 Notre Dame on Feb. 20, at No. 12 Ohio State on Feb. 28, at No. 11 Penn State on March 24, and at No. 19 Denver on April 3.

Stanford is coming off a 14-5 season, having reached the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years. The Cardinal opens Feb. 18 against visiting Fresno State at 7 p.m. at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in a match that doubles as an MPSF opener.

Fans can get a preview of Stanford and three of its MPSF opponents at the Stanford Play Day on Sunday at the artificial turf field next to the Steuber Rugby Stadium.

Women's basketball

Stanford senior point guard Amber Orrange was among 16 players named to the 2015 Dawn Staley Award Watch List, the Phoenix Club of Philadelphia announced.

In its third season, the award recognizes the nation's best guard in women's Division I college basketball, exemplified by skills that Staley possessed -- ball handling, scoring, ability to distribute and will to win.

The Dawn Staley Award will be announced during Final Four weekend and the award ceremony will be held at the Union League of Philadelphia.

The honor is the latest in a long line for Orrange, who is also on the preseason lists for all three major postseason individual awards (Wade Trophy, John R. Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy), was named to the Midseason Top 20 for the Wooden Award on Jan. 21 and a candidate for the 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award® on Jan. 23.

— Stanford Athletics

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