By Andrew Tan
The regular season comes to a close for No. 19 Stanford women’s lacrosse (11-4, 6-3 Pac-12) on Friday evening against Cal (6-10, 3-6 Pac-12), a night on which the Cardinal will honor seniors Areta Buness, Monika Sivilli and Julia Massaro. Senior Genesis Lucero will return for a fifth year of eligibility and will be honored at next year’s Senior Day.
During the trio’s tenure with the Cardinal, Stanford won 53 games, the biggest of which was the inaugural Pac-12 Championship last year. Heading into the postseason, the three graduating seniors hope to lead the Card to a successful defense of their conference title and a third NCAA tournament appearance in their time with the program.
The most impactful loss among the three will likely be Julia Massaro, who this year served as one of four team captains and set the school record for draw controls. Last Sunday, Massaro added to her record with a program single-game record of 18 draw controls against Oregon. Her dominance in winning Stanford possession helped the Cardinal to a comfortable win and broke the previous record of 11 held by Massaro herself.
Based on the teams’ history, the seniors should gain one final home victory at Cagan Stadium. Stanford is 35-7 all-time against Cal and has won the last seventeen consecutive matchups. Still, the Cardinal cannot afford to be complacent if it hopes to secure a happy send-off for its graduating class as the team only just eked out a win over the Golden Bears, 13-11, last time the teams played on March 16.
With a win, Stanford would extend its current win streak to four, which would tie the team’s best on the season and give it invaluable momentum heading into the Pac-12 tournament next weekend.
First draw control is currently slated for 5 p.m. on Friday at Cagan Stadium.