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  Laurel Champion
Laurel Champion

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Palo Alto, CA

High School:
Palo Alto HS

Height:
5-9

Position:
Defender

Birthdate:
04/17/1984

Major:
Human Biology


Briefly: "Laurel is a terrific defender whose speed and strength make her a bona fide threat in transition and in front of the goal."

Summer of 2005: Underwent double shoulder surgery and spent her summer rehabbing ... Worked on a research project at the Stanford Medical Center Bipolar Disorders Clinic, prepped for the LSAT, and was the assistant coach of the Stanford water polo club team 14&Under girls.

As a junior in 2005: Scored 10 goals, playing in all 29 games for the Cardinal ... Helped the team to second-place finishes at both the MPSF and NCAA championships ... Scored a goal in the MPSF championship final (5/1)... Recorded a goal in the Big Splash (4/23) ... Notched a season-high two goals versus Long Beach State (3/6).

Summer of 2004: Worked as a marketing intern at Jobscience in San Francisco ... Focused on rehabbing both shoulders from labrum tears, and spent time traveling with her family.

As a sophomore in 2004: A starter who helped Stanford to a second-place finish at the MPSF Championship and a third-place finish at the NCAA Championship ... Tallied 15 goals on the season.

Summer of 2003: Earned All-America honors after helping Stanford's club team to a first-place finish at the U.S. Senior Nationals and a fifth-place finish at U.S. Junior Nationals ...Trained with the U.S. Junior National Team in Los Alamitos, Calif. ... Member of the U.S. Junior National Team that took second place at the Junior World Championships in Calgary, Canada.

As a freshman in 2003: Tallied 15 goals during the season ... Scored her first collegiate goal in Stanford's 13-1 victory over UC Davis (2/2) ... Notched two goals against Hawaii (3/8) at the UCSB Tournament ... Tallied two scores each at Pacific (3/30) and at Long Beach State (4/5) ... Recorded the first Cardinal goal against UCLA (4/27) in the final game of the MPSF Tournament ... Helped Stanford to a 13-2 victory over Indiana (5/10) in initial game of the NCAA Tournament with one score.

High School: A three-time All-American (1999-2001) ... Three-time All-Central California Conference selection (1999-2001) and four-year All-League selection ... Two-time captain of the water polo and swim teams ... Qualified for Junior Nationals in the 50 and 100 freestyle ... Named the 2001 Palo Alto Swim Club's Most Inspirational Swimmer ... Four-year letterwinner in water polo and swimming ... A Junior Olympic All-American for the Stanford Club Team.

Personal: Born April 17, 1984 in Honolulu, Hawaii ... Daughter of Barb and Craig Champion ... Father, Craig, held the discus record at Cornell ... Mother, Barb, is a Hall of Fame ice hockey player from Cornell ... Sister, Haley (23), is a former Leland Intern and Stanford swimmer and sailor... Also has two younger sisters, Remy (18), a freshman on the Cal water polo team, and Phoebe (17) who plays water polo at Palo Alto High School... Human biology major, plans to attend law school in the fall of 2007 ... Enjoys swimming, baking, photography, art, traveling, sleeping and playing the ukulele.


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