2005-06 Honor Roll: Laura Shane

We have touched many sports in the four-year history of The Bootleg's Honor Roll, which recognizes the top 10 Stanford student-athletes of the year. Today we announce for our 2005-06 Honor Roll the first winner hailing from Stanford Women's Lacrosse. Goalkeeper Laura Shane is only halfway through her Cardinal career but wrote a great deal of history last season as a sophomore.

In the Summer Issue of The Bootleg Magazine, we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2005/2006 school-year.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg's Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational.  While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents.  Finally, these honorees' performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed “Spirit of Stanford.”

During the month of August, we are releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one.  We previously have recognized Chris Minaker, Alice Barnes and Candice Wiggins amongst this year's winners.  Our fourth announced member of the The Bootleg's 2005-06 Honor Roll is women's lacrosse performer Laura Shane.

In the high-scoring sport of lacrosse, perhaps it is a tad ironic that the goalie is the most important member of the team.  But with sophomore Laura Shane minding the net this past season, though, Stanford not only set history but also permanently shifted the map of collegiate women's lacrosse.

First, the Cardinal became the first team west of the Mississippi River to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.  There, they fought hard but dropped a 17-9 decision to 2005 and 2006 national champion Northwestern.

Then, after the final whistle blew, Shane and the Cardinal set the bar for years to come.  Shane and graduated senior attack Megan Burker were named to the West/Midwest All-Regional First Team, the first Cardinal to earn that honor in a sport historically dominated by East Coast powers.  Then, on May 30, the big news hit: Shane was a Second Team All-American and Burker made the Third Team.  This might not sound earth-shattering at a school that seemingly features an All-American or two per dormitory, but Shane and Burker were the first players this side of Northwestern to earn the honor, and what it signified was undeniable: West Coast lacrosse is here to stay.

Shane's .556 was the third-best save percentage in the nation, and her consistency led the Cardinal to its first-ever national ranking and first-ever victory over a Top 10 foe, a 5-4 thriller over Cornell.  The Baltimore (Md.) stopped an incredible 14 of 18 shots on goal in that match, and would finish the season with a 105 saves against ranked foes and 205 overall, third-most in the country.  With 22 stops against North Carolina, Shane tied an NCAA record and became the first Division I goalie to post two 20-save games in one season.  Though just halfway through her career, Shane, a 2006 All-MPSF performer, is within 50 saves of the all-time Stanford record.

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