BRIEF: Lacrosse wins opener

Feb. 14, 2011, 1:46 a.m.

Stanford lacrosse opened its season with a bang on Sunday, prevailing in a clash of ranked teams with a thrilling 13-12 victory over No. 10 Notre Dame. Playing on its home grass at Cagan Stadium, the No. 13 Cardinal (1-0) got out to a quick lead over the Irish, scoring four goals to start the game. Junior Emilie Boeri scored the first on an assist from her twin sister, Anna. Emilie, making her first-ever start, went on to record a hat trick with three goals on seven shots.

Stanford goalkeeper Annie Read opened her senior season with a strong performance, holding the score at 5-3 going into the second half. Notre Dame kept pressuring in the final 30 minutes, keeping up an even attack with no single player scoring more than two goals. The Irish finally took a 12-11 lead in the final eight minutes, but senior attacker Sarah Flynn tied the score as she fought through traffic and put a shot past Notre Dame keeper Ellie Hilling.

Redshirt senior Lauren Schmidt netted the game-winner at the 4:36 mark on an unassisted goal, boosting Stanford past the Irish for the team’s first win. The Cardinal midfielder is a two-time defending Player of the Year in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

Stanford will play Fresno State this Wednesday, taking on the Bulldogs in an early conference game in Cagan Stadium at 7 p.m.

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