Denver Comes from Behind to Upend No. 8 Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. Lucy Dikeou scored three goals, but No. 8 Stanford lost to Denver, 13-12, in a match-up Friday between the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's two perennial women's lacrosse powers.

Stanford (8-2 overall, 2-1 MPSF) took a 6-0 lead with 16:49 left in the first half, but Denver (10-1, 4-0) countered with five goals to close the half. The Pioneers took their first lead on an unassisted goal by Rachael Dillon with 10:18 left in the game.

After Stanford's Kyle Fraser tied it up, Meredith Harris scored the winner with 6:41 left, on her fifth goal of the game.

In addition to her team-leading goals, Dikeou had five draw controls, two ground balls, and caused a turnover. Teammate Hannah Farr scored twice and had three draw controls. Fraser and Rachel Ozer also scored two apiece for the Cardinal.

A year ago, Denver won the MPSF regular-season title, but Stanford captured the conference tournament. Both advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Stanford returns to action on Sunday when the Cardinal plays host to Colorado at 1:00 p.m. at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. It will be Senior Day, and Stanford's four graduating seniors Anna Kim, Megan Lerner, Lyndsey Munoz, and Nina Swanson will be honored before the game.

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STANFORD, Calif. - University of Denver senior Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) scored five goals, including the game-winning goal with 6:41 left, to help the Pioneers pull off a thrilling 13-12, come from behind upset over No. 8 Stanford on Friday night.

The Pioneers (10-1, 4-0 MPSF) fought back from a 6-0 deficit against the Cardinal (8-2, 2-1 MPSF), going on a 5-0 run to end the first half with Stanford up 7-6.

The Crimson and Gold outscored Stanford 7-3 in the last 25 minutes of play, including three-straight goals in a 3:57 minute stretch. Harris scored four of her five goals in the second half.

"The girls showed a tremendous amount of grit in this game," head coach Liza Kelly said. "Being down 6-0 against the eighth-ranked team in the country on their home field and then scratching our way back to win just shows the determination and talent this squad has."

Senior Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) opened the DU scoring with a free position goal, finishing the game with two goals. The Pioneers went five of six on free position shots, while Stanford only managed to score on three of 10 free position shots.

Defensively, senior Sonorah Vinyard (Denver, Colo.) and freshman Layne Voorhees (Alexandria, Va.) each secured three draw controls. Vinyard added a groundball and a caused turnover.

Redshirt junior Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made six saves, including four in the first half. Hook also had two groundballs and a caused turnover.

Denver converted four of six clear attempts and edged Stanford 7-6 on the draw in the second half.

The Pioneers continue their California road trip when they visit UC Davis on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. MT.


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