March 25, 2014

Nine-Goal Run Leads No. 8 Stanford Over Cornell

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y. – Meg Lentz and Alex Poplawski scored four goals apiece to lead No. 8 Stanford to a 17-9 nonconference women’s lacrosse victory over Cornell on Tuesday.

Stanford (7-1) fell behind 36 seconds into the game before scoring nine unanswered goals during a span of 20 minutes to take command. Poplawski, Lentz, Anna Kim, and Emily Newstrom each scored twice during the run.

The Stanford defense was especially tough, holding Cornell (4-4) scoreless for a first-half span of 24 minutes, 18 seconds. Stanford also pressured the Big Red into 15 first-half turnovers, and allowed Cornell to clear the ball out of its defensive end only five times in 18 tries.

Stanford plays its second spring break contest on Saturday at No. 6 Notre Dame at 9 a.m. PDT. It’s a rematch of Stanford’s 7-6 victory in the first round of the 2013 NCAA tournament, Stanford’s first ever in NCAA play. Notre Dame is the highest ranked team on Stanford’s schedule and the Cardinal’s final nonconference opponent before playing the bulk of its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation schedule.

For Poplawski, the four goals were a collegiate career high for the freshman. She extended her goal-scoring streak to eight – every game of her Stanford career – during her second multi-goal performance.

Lentz, a sophomore who also had two assists, equaled her high of four. Each was against an Ivy League opponent, after first scoring four against Harvard earlier this season. Lentz also has taken over the team season goal-scoring lead, with 15. Freshman Kelsey Murray had two goals and four assists.

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