May 2, 2014

Stanford Headed to 11th Straight MPSF Final

from press release

DENVER -- Kyle Fraser scored six goals -- one off the school record -- to lead Stanford to a 15-6 victory over Colorado and a berth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse championship game.

Fraser, a junior attack from Fort Worth, Texas, came off the bench to set a collegiate career high, bettering a five-goal output against UC Davis last year.

The semifinal victory enabled No. 18-ranked Stanford (14-3) to advance to a rematch with No. 20 Denver (17-1), an 18-9 winner over Oregon. The championship will be Sunday at 10 a.m. PT.

The game pits the top two seeds against each other, with top-seeded Denver playing at home. The winner earns an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

Stanford took a season-high 44 shots, forcing 16 saves from Colorado freshman goalie Paige Soenksen. No. 3-seeded Colorado, a first-year program with a 23-player roster that includes 21 freshmen, finished 11-8.

Fraser scored four goals, including three consecutive, during a 9-0 first-half run that allowed the Cardinal to take a 10-1 lead. Fraser also had an assist in the game, three ground balls and a draw control.

Stanford sophomore Lucy Dikeou, a Denver native, scored three goals and had two assists. Teammates Meg Lentz and Rachel Ozer had two goals apiece, and Alex Poplawski had six draw controls.

Stanford has advanced to the MPSF final all 11 years of the tournament's existence. The Cardinal is 8-2 in those games.


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