April 5, 2013

No. 20 Denver Surprises No. 10 Stanford

from press release

DENVER – University of Denver women's lacrosse senior Kate Henrich (Lansdale, Pa.) tied both DU's and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's single-game records with eight caused turnovers and added her first-career assist, leading the No. 20 Pioneers to a 14-10 win over No. 10 Stanford at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Junior Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) had four goals and one assist for Denver (12-1, 4-0 MPSF), and senior Mikayla Clark (Eden Prairie, Minn.) finished with three goals and an assist. Redshirt-senior Kara Secora (Denver, Colo.) tallied four points on one goal and three assists, while junior Annabelle Gilbride (Alexandria, Va.) scored two goals.

"Today was a great game. I thought the first half was exceptional on our end," head coach Liza Kelly said. "We came out strong both offensively and defensively. The girls seemed very comfortable and knew what the game plan was today. I had a feeling that Mikayla Clark was going have a good game today, and she had the early caused turnover and the first goal of the game."

DU's all-time leader with 147 career caused turnovers, Henrich matched former Pioneer Kelly O'Connell, who also caused eight turnovers against Stanford on April 20, 2008. Henrich moved into eighth in NCAA history in career caused turnovers and also recorded her 48th caused turnover this season, breaking the team record she set last year. Henrich added three ground balls and two draw controls.

Sophomore Kiki Boone (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) grabbed four draw controls, and redshirt-sophomore Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made eight saves in the contest.

The Pioneers used a 6-0 first-half run and never trailed in the contest on their way to their 10th-straight victory.

The Pioneers opened the game with a 3-1 run to jump out to an early lead. The Cardinal (7-3, 2-1 MPSF) tallied two-straight goals to knot the score at three, but Etzel found the net just over 12 minutes into the contest to return the lead to the Pioneers.

Denver parlayed Etzel's score into a 6-0 run, as a pair of goals from Gilbride and one each from Clark, sophomore Rachael Dillon (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) and sophomore Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) gave DU an 9-3 lead with 6:19 left in the half. Rachel Ozer pulled one back for Stanford on a free-position shot with 10 seconds remaining in the opening frame, snapping a stretch of 18:26 without a Cardinal goal, and DU took a 9-4 lead into the intermission.

Etzel recorded her third goal of the contest just over four minutes into the second half, but Stanford bounced back with three unanswered goals to cut the lead to 10-7 with 19:30 left to play. Secora snapped the Stanford run, when she put a shot past Stanford goalie Lyndsey Munoz on an assist from Remenapp, sparking a 4-1 Denver run that gave DU a 14-8 edge with 6:02 remaining. Stanford tallied back-to-back goals, but Denver held the ball for the final four minutes to hang on to the four-goal victory.

Meredith Kalinowski led Stanford with three goals, while Julia Burns added two goals and one assist.

The Pioneers will return to action Sunday when they take on UC Davis at 2:30 p.m. MT.

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