Stanford lacrosse duo earns MPSF recognition for big wins


Stanford's Adrienne Anderson and Allie DaCar earned player of the week honors from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for their performances during the Cardinal's big weekend lacrosse victories over San Diego State and USC.

Anderson, a junior, was named Defensive Player of the Week and freshman goalie DaCar was named Rookie Player of the Week.

Anderson held MPSF leading scorer Michaela Michael, a Menlo School grad, to one goal and no assists during a 12-6 victory over USC in a matchup for first place Sunday. Anderson also had two ground balls in the game. USC was held to its second-lowest goal total of the season and lowest in MPSF play.

On Friday, Anderson had two ground balls, caused a turnover and had a draw control in a 22-10 victory over San Diego State. She also was instrumental in holding SDSU's leading goal-scorer Christina Ricciardulli to one goal and no assists.

DaCar made a career-high 14 saves and had five ground balls against USC. The six goals allowed were her fewest in a complete game this season (.700). DaCar repeatedly came up big, especially early on when the Trojans tried to add to their 1-0 lead. She helped limit USC to its second-lowest goal total of the season.

DaCar also had two saves and two ground balls against SDSU. This is her third rookie of the week honor.

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Stanford's Jordan Raney collected her league-record fifth MPSF/Kap7 Newcomer of the Week honor when the conference announced its weekly awards on Tuesday afternoon.

The freshman, who has now won the award in three consecutive weeks, previously received recognition on February 24, March 10, April 7 and April 14.

Raney continued her strong play in No. 1 Stanford's 7-3 victory at No. 4 California to wrap up the regular season last Thursday. Stanford's only multi-goal performer, she scored the Cardinal's first by converting one of its nine 6-on-5 opportunities just over a minute into the game. She also put home Stanford's sixth when she one-timed a perfect pass from Gurpreet Sohi low and left into the cage in the third quarter.

Raney is seventh on the team with 22 goals and has scored in each of the past four games, including three multi-goal efforts.

The win against the Golden Bears, Stanford's 39th consecutive regular-season MPSF victory, secured the Cardinal's sixth consecutive unblemished league campaign. Stanford owns the No. 1 seed in this weekend's conference tournament in Tempe, Ariz., by virtue of its 6-0 MPSF record and will head into that first taste of postseason action 21-1 overall and winner of 10 straight.

As the top seed, Stanford has a bye into the semifinals and will play the winner of No. 4 California and No. 5 Arizona State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

— Stanford Athletics

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