Lerner Helps No. 8 Stanford Draw up Win over Colorado

STANFORD, Calif. Megan Lerner earned eight draw controls one off her single-game school record to lead Stanford to a 13-5 victory over Colorado in MPSF lacrosse action Sunday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

Stanford (9-2 overall, 3-1 MPSF) took a season-high 40 shots, 19 of which were saved by Colorado's freshman goalie Paige Soenksen. Still, the Cardinal led from start to finish, building a 5-0 lead before Colorado (6-6, 3-2), in its first season of lacrosse, scored more than 23 minutes into the game.

Nine Stanford players scored, with Hannah Farr scoring three, and Rachel Ozer and Alex Poplawski scoring two apiece.

Lerner, who also caused three turnovers and picked up three ground balls, was among four seniors honored while playing in their final home weekend regular-season game. The others were captains Anna Kim and Nina Swanson, and Munoz all from Maryland. Fellow senior Rachel Ozer, Stanford's season scoring leader with 18 goals and 9 assists (27 points), will play a fifth season next year while co-terming in environmental engineering, with a specialty of atmosphere and energy.

"It's not only on the draws, but she's playing great in the defensive system, she's drawing charges when we need them, she's sliding, she's creating takeaways," Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. "She really has worked hard to become a complete player."

Stanford rebounded well from a tough 13-12 loss to visiting Denver on Friday in a an MPSF game in which the Cardinal led 6-0.

"We need to know how to finish our opponents," Bokker said. "Both losses were games we were up five-plus goals. We're too kind in those situations. We start to lose our discipline and patience.

"It's easy to fight back when you're behind because you can be risky, but you really have to have discipline and patience when you're up. That's really what we talked about, to have that confidence when we're ahead and not stray from the gameplan that was executed so well early on. That really was our focus coming in."

Other than having relative trouble scoring, Stanford was able to close out this one well, responding to one Colorado goal with one from Farr, off a pass by Alexandra Crerend, only 10 seconds later. During another sequence, Farr and Alex Poplawski scored 13 seconds apart.

Stanford returns to action Friday at Oregon (7-4, 3-0 in the MPSF), which joins USC and Denver (each 5-0) atop the MPSF with no conference losses. Gametime is 5:00 p.m. in a game televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

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STANFORD, Calif. The University of Colorado lacrosse team battled back to within three goals late in the first half, but the No. 8 Stanford Cardinal proved too strong a foe, taking down the Buffaloes 13-5 here Sunday.

The reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament champions came out to a 5-0 start, but back-to-back goals by the Buffs helped trim their lead to three. Stanford quickly got back to form, closing the first half on a 4-0 run.

Though the Cardinal dominated the draw in the second half, eight to one (15 to five total), the Buffs found their stride in other ways late in the game. Stanford continued to push its lead, but for the sixth consecutive game, the Buffs held their opponent to five or fewer goals in the final 30 minutes.

Stanford's attack was strong and consistent throughout, outshooting CU 40-13. The 13 shots match a season-low for the Buffs, with then-No. 9 UMass serving as the only other opponent to slow the team to that level. Stanford also held Colorado to just one free-position attempt, while getting to the 8-meter 11 times. The Cardinal caused 13 of the Buffs' 17 turnovers, and had just six errors of its own.

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