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2011-12 Sport-by-Sport Recaps
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 07/06/2012

July 6, 2012


Year In Review

That's Now 18 Straight Directors' Cups

Student-Athletes Honored At Athletic Board Awards Luncheon

Men's Cross Country
Stanford continued its run of high national finishes in recent seasons, placing fifth at the NCAA Championships. Stanford was led by NCAA runner-up Chris Derrick while Jacob Riley also received All-America honors. At the Pac-12 Championships, Stanford finished second to Colorado while Derrick was the Pac-12 runner-up. The Cardinal was ranked inside the top-five all season and won the Stanford Invitational. In addition to Derrick and Riley, Brendan Gregg, Erik Olson and Joe Rosa each finished inside the top-25 at the Pac-12 Championships.

Women's Cross Country
Stanford continued its recent climb back toward the podium at the NCAA Championships. Stanford placed 10th at the national meet, led by a 21st-place finish from Kathy Kroeger. In addition, Stephanie Marcy earned All-America honors in the final race of her career. At the Pac-12 Championships, the Cardinal placed third thanks to a runner-up finish from Kroeger. Also placing in the top-25 were Marcy, Jessica Tonn and Aisling Cuffe. The Cardinal won the Stanford Invitational and earned major contributions from a variety of freshmen throughout the year, showcasing its promising future.

Field Hockey
Completing one of the most impressive seasons in school history in 2011, Stanford (17-4, 6-0 NorPac) tied a school record for victories, reached its highest-ever national ranking at No. 6 and sported a top-10 RPI for the entire season. Boasting six top-20 victories, the Cardinal earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Becky Dru was named a Longstreth/NFHCA First Team All-American, becoming the 14th player in school history to earn the national honor. The NorPac Defensive Player of the Year and NorPac Co-Player of the Year, Dru finished with team-leading totals in goals (16), points (39), shots (91) and shots on goal (50) and became Stanford's first leading goal scorer in back-to-back seasons since Jess Zutz (2006-07).

Men's Water Polo
Stanford (19-7, 5-3 MPSF) was ranked fourth in the final national poll after a fourth-place finish at the MPSF Championship. Among the highlights for the Cardinal: winning the SoCal Tournament for the first time since 2002, claiming the crown with a 6-4 decision over USC in the semifinal and a 10-9 overtime victory over California in the title game. Alex Bowen emerged as one of the top players in the country, scoring six goals in that title game win over California and leading the Cardinal with 53 goals. Forrest Watkins (42 goals) and senior Jacob Smith (42) tied for second on the team in goals.

Men's Soccer
Stanford finished a disappointing 6-10-2, despite being close in just about every game. The Cardinal began the season 0-3 on a difficult road stretch and never recovered from the hole. Garrett Gunther led the team with five goals and 12 points, while Adam Jahn chipped in four goals and 10 points. Stanford was stingy defensively, allowing just 26 goals in the 18 games with Jason Dodson and Drew Hutchins each earning three wins. After the season, Gunther was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team, while Jahn was named to the second team and JJ Koval earned honorable mention status.

Women's Soccer
Stanford (25-0-1, 11-0 Pac-12) captured its first national championship after losing in the NCAA final by 1-0 scores the previous two years. This time, Stanford beat Duke 1-0, when Teresa Noyola headed in Camille Levin's cross at close range in the 53rd minute. The title capped a remarkable run for the Stanford senior class of Noyola, Levin, Kristy Zurmuhlen, and Pac-12 Player of the Year Lindsay Taylor. The seniors went 95-4-4 overall during their four seasons, 53-0-1 at home and reached the NCAA College Cup four times. In addition, over the past three seasons, Stanford went 31-0 in Pac-12 play and was undefeated in regular-season play. Noyola became the third consecutive Stanford player to win the prestigious Hermann Trophy as college soccer's best player, and won the NSCAA Scholar-Athlete award. Taylor was Soccer America's Player of the Year, Paul Ratcliffe was the NSCAA National Coach of the Year and Chioma Ubogagu the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

Women's Volleyball
Stanford (22-8) posted its 11th straight 20-win campaign under 11th-year head coach John Dunning. The Cardinal finished tied for fourth in the newly-formed Pac-12 with a 15-7 record. The team made its 31st consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, one of only two schools in the nation to advance to the postseason all 31 years, and finished with a No. 14 national ranking. First Team All-Pac-12 honorees Rachel Williams and Carly Wopat were tabbed honorable mention AVCA All-Americans. Wopat was also a Volleyball Magazine First Team All-American. Karissa Cook garnered All-Pac-12 honorable mention accolades, while Lydia Bai was named to the All-Pac-12 Freshmen team.

Football
Led by first-year head coach David Shaw, Stanford (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) won its first nine games of the season before falling to No. 6 Oregon, 53-30. Stanford rebounded to defeat California and Notre Dame in its final two regular season games to earn an invitation to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, where the Cardinal fell 41-38 in overtime to Oklahoma State. Stanford ended the season ranked No. 7 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls after being ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation in the AP poll on November 6. Stanford set a single-season school record by scoring 561 points, marking the third straight season the Cardinal broke the school scoring record. The Cardinal defense ranked either first or second among Pac-12 schools in six defensive categories. Andrew Luck closed out his brilliant three-year career ranked first all-time in touchdown passes, completion percentage, passing efficiency and total offense while finishing second behind Steve Stenstrom in passing yardage. Luck was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation's National Player of the Year and was also the recipient of the Maxwell Award as the top player in college football. Luck, along with right guard David DeCastro, left tackle Jonathan Martin, tight end Coby Fleener and linebacker Chase Thomas, were named to various All-America teams. Stanford produced a single-season school record five All-Americans and totaled four players selected within the first 42 picks of the NFL Draft.

Wrestling
Stanford finished the year with an 8-8 dual record and placed third at the Pac-12 Championships. It marked the highest finish at the conference tournament since the 2007-08 season. The Cardinal went on to take 16th at the NCAA Championships, registering the third-best finish in program history despite having just two wrestlers in the tournament. Nick Amuchastegui, the runner-up at 174 pounds, became the first Cardinal wrestler to reach the NCAA Finals on two occasions, and became just the second three-time All-American in school history. Ryan Mango placed fifth at 125 pounds, becoming the fifth wrestler in program history to garner multiple All-America honors.

Squash
Head coach Mark Talbott led No. 7 Stanford to a 10-7 record and a seventh-place finish at the College Squash Association Nationals-Howe Cup. The Cardinal fell to Princeton and Cornell before defeating Dartmouth 9-0 in the final match of the season. No member of the team finished the season with a losing record. Pamela Chua finished eighth in the final Dunlop Women's College Squash Individual Rankings and was named a Women's College Squash Association First Team All-American after finishing with an 8-7 individual record. Kerrie Sample and Kyla Sherwood placed 35th and 37th, respectively.

Women's Basketball
Stanford (35-2, 18-0 Pac-12) captured the Pac-12 double for the sixth straight year, claiming its 12th consecutive regular-season title and sixth straight conference tournament crown en route to a fifth straight Final Four appearance. Paced by All-American sisters Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike, the Cardinal racked up a program-record 32-game winning streak from Nov. 25-March 26, and continued its current national-best 79-game home winning streak and 78-game conference winning streak. Stanford's Final Four appearance moved the Cardinal into third all-time with 11 total appearances. Additionally, Stanford became one of just three schools to reach five in a row (Connecticut - 2000-04, 2008-12; LSU - 2004-08).

Men's Basketball
Stanford (26-11, 10-8 Pac-12) captured its third championship in school history, closing out the year as 2012 Postseason NIT champions. Winning a school-record seven games during the month of March, Stanford has now claimed three titles overall (1942 NCAA, 1991 Postseason NIT). Appearing in the postseason for the first time in three years, the Cardinal chalked up its best win total since a 28-8 campaign in 2007-08. Despite placing seventh in regular-season conference play, Stanford wrapped up the year as the Pac-12's winningest program and tallied a league-best four victories against the RPI's top-50. Chasson Randle produced one of the best rookie seasons in school history, leading the club with 13.8 points per game while Josh Owens led the team in rebounding at 5.8 per game.

Fencing
Stanford placed 10th at the 2012 NCAA Fencing Championships, scoring 62 points in the tournament. Turner Caldwell was NCAA runner-up in men's foil and Kian Ameli finished ninth in men's epee, giving the Cardinal two All-Americans. Caldwell reached the men's foil finals after defeating Alexander Mills of Princeton 15-12 before falling to Zain Shaito of Ohio State in the finals by a 15-11 margin.

Men's Swimming and Diving
During its final season under Hall of Fame head coach Skip Kenney, Stanford finished third at the NCAA Championships. Stanford claimed its 31st straight conference title and was the only program over that time to finish among the NCAA's top-four in each of those seasons. Chad La Tourette finished off his remarkable long-distance career with an American and school-record in the 1650 free and second-place finish. Bobby Bollier and David Mosko finished as 14-time All-Americans, earning top-16 finishes in the fly as well as the longer distances. Curtis Lovelace also finished off a 13-time All-America career with top-16 times in the 100 and 200 breasts in each of his four years. The 2012 season also represented a coming-out party for two freshmen, David Nolan and Kristian Ipsen. Nolan, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, tallied 60 points at NCAA Championships, finishing second in the 100 and 200 back and third in the 200 IM. Ipsen, the Pac-12 Freshman Diver of the Year, won the 3-Meter and was an NCAA runner-up in the 1-Meter, after sweeping through the Zones and winning all 12 of his regular season events.

Women's Swimming and Diving
Stanford finished fourth at the NCAA meet, signaling the seventh straight year the Cardinal has finished in the national top-five under head coach Lea Maurer. Stanford book-ended the NCAA meet with school-records in the 400 free relay on Saturday and the 200 free relay on Thursday. The quartet of Sam Woodward, Maddy Schaefer, Andi Murez and Betsy Webb also set an American record in the 400 free relay in the NCAA's final event. The Cardinal also established a school-record in the 200 medley relay. Maya DiRado completed a solid freshman campaign, as she was the NCAA runner-up in the 200 back and 200 IM and set an age-group record in the 400 IM with a fourth place showing. Woodward finished her career as a 22-time All-American, while Webb closed out her four-year campaign as a 21-time All-American. Schaefer was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

Synchronized Swimming
With five student-athletes training with the U.S. Olympic team, Stanford faced several challenges in 2012. After finishing second at the past three U.S. Collegiate Nationals, the Cardinal took fourth this season with a total of 66 team points. The team bounced back with a runner-up finish at the U.S. Nationals in Mesa, Ariz. Madison Crocker and Jessica Guenther placed second in the duet, while Alex Bollaidlaw and Koko Urata were third.

Women's Gymnastics
Stanford (23-12) had its best performance in its final event, scoring 197.500 points to finish fourth at the NCAA Super Six finals in Duluth, Ga. Stanford's total was its best in four years and best-ever in the NCAA Championships. It also brought the Cardinal within 0.35 of first place, the closest the program has come to a national title. Seven Stanford gymnasts earned All-America honors, the most in program history, including Samantha Shapiro, the NCAA uneven bars runner-up, and Ivana Hong, who earned two All-America honors. Amanda Spinner provided the inspirational story of the season by finishing fourth in the country on the balance beam after being out two years because of injuries.

Men's Gymnastics
No. 5 Stanford finished fifth at the NCAA Championships, posting a final round team score of 352.650. Eddie Penev captured a pair of NCAA individual titles on floor exercise and vault, and Sean Senters, Cameron Foreman and Paul Hichwa also garnered All-America honors. Foreman, Senters and Hichwa joined Gabriel Alvarado, Jordan Nolff, and James Fosco on the 2011-12 MPSF All-Academic team. The Cardinal returns all 13 gymnasts next season and will challenge for its third NCAA title in five years.

Men's Volleyball
Stanford (22-7, 17-5 MPSF) missed sharing the regular-season conference title by one game and missed a trip to the NCAA final four by losing in a fifth-set heartbreaker to eventual champion UC Irvine in the MPSF tournament final. However, the Cardinal earned its best conference record since 1997 and had a season highlight with a two-match sweep at then-No. 1 BYU. Erik Shoji became the first player to earn AVCA All-America first-team honors all four seasons, Brad Lawson earned his third first-team honor, and senior setter Evan Barry was a second-team selection - all members of the program's winningest senior class (86-33).

Lacrosse
Stanford finished 8-10 after playing one of the most difficult schedules in the nation. The Cardinal entered the season as a top-10 team, but had its ups and down throughout a difficult stretch of ranked opponents and tough conference games. Stanford advanced to the final of the MPSF Tournament but lost to Oregon, ending its streak of seven straight tourney titles. The loss also ended hopes of a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Emilie Boeri was named an All-MPSF First Team selection after leading Stanford with 40 goals and 23 assists. Catherine Swanson was also tabbed an All-MPSF First Team pick and tied the single-season record for draw controls with 52. Stanford's other All-MPSF selection was Hannah Farr, as she burst onto the scene as one of the top freshmen in the nation.

Women's Water Polo
Stanford (26-2, 7-0 MPSF) claimed its second straight NCAA title and third overall with a 6-4 win over USC. The Cardinal spent the majority of the season ranked No. 1 in the CWPA poll and opened the season 11-0. Kiley Neushul became the second Stanford player in a row to capture the Peter J. Cutino Award after leading the team with 58 goals, while fellow freshman Ashley Grossman was second on the team with 50 goals. Eight Cardinal players earned All-America honors as Stanford outscored its opponents 342-130 and led the MPSF in total offense (12.21 goals per game) and defense (4.64 goals allowed per game).

Women's Tennis
Stanford (21-2, 9-1 Pac-12) earned a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title. However, the Cardinal's bid for a third straight NCAA final appearance was halted by a quarterfinal loss to USC, representing only the fourth defeat over the last three years combined. Competing in arguably the nation's best conference, Stanford closed out the year ranked No. 5 in the country and handed national champion Florida its only loss of the year. Meanwhile, the final day of NCAA Championships proved to be a historic one, as teammates squared off in the singles final before later pairing up in the doubles title match for the first time in NCAA history. Nicole Gibbs became only the third Stanford player to claim collegiate singles and doubles championships during the same season. Gibbs defeated Mallory Burdette 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the singles final, before the duo then paired up to claim the doubles crown with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Georgia's Nadja Gilchrist and Chelsey Gullickson.

Men's Tennis
Stanford (20-9, 5-2 Pac-12) advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships for the second straight season. The Cardinal, which placed third in the Pac-12, reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth consecutive year, finished the year with a No. 9 national ranking and upset No. 6 Kentucky in the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships. In addition to participating in NCAA singles play, Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher put the finishing touches on an incredible doubles career. Capturing their seventh doubles title with a March victory at the Pacific Coast Doubles, Klahn and Thacher reached the quarterfinals of NCAA Championships. Seeking his second career NCAA singles title after winning the championship in 2010, Klahn's NCAA singles run ended in the semifinals. Despite missing most of the year due to injury, Klahn anchored the top spot of Stanford's lineup and closed out the year at 18-6 overall and 14-5 in duals.

Softball
Stanford finished with a 40-19 overall record, marking the 13th 40-win season for head coach John Rittman. The Cardinal finished sixth (11-13) in the Pac-12 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 15th straight year. The Cardinal set multiple team and individual records, and finished the year ranked No. 20/21. Among the team records broken were batting average (.318), hits (502), triples (20), RBI (298) and runs scored (337). Jenna Rich was a Louisville Slugger/NFCA Third Team All-American, meaning the Cardinal has had at least one All-American in each of the past 15 seasons. Ashley Hansen was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, the third Cardinal to earn that honor. Hansen is the only player in Pac-12 history to be named the Newcomer, Player and Defensive Player of the Year during their career.

Baseball
Stanford (41-18, 18-12 Pac-12) finished its season in Tallahassee at the Super Regional for the second straight year, as the Cardinal was paced by All-American right-hander Mark Appel (10 wins) and Third Team All-American utility player Stephen Piscotty (team leader in RBI and batting average, 6 wins). Stanford swept through its own Regional, and was one of four Pac-12 teams to reach the Super Regionals. The Cardinal began the season on a tear, ranking No. 1 early in the season, before settling in with a final top-15 ranking. Six players were drafted, led by Appel and Piscotty among the first 36 picks of the first round. Brett Mooneyham and three-year starting infielder Kenny Diekroeger went in the third and fourth rounds. Jake Stewart (ninth), Eric Smith (18th) and Tyler Gaffney (24th) were also drafted.

Men's Rowing
Stanford finished the 2012 season at the IRA Championships, with the II Eight placing sixth and reaching its first Grand Final in the boat's history. The Cardinal I Eight ranked in the national top-10 for much of the season and captured the bronze medal at the Pac-12 Championships. As a team, Stanford would take third at the Pac-12 Championships, while the II Eight also captured a bronze medal.

Women's Rowing
Stanford reached the NCAA Championships for the fourth straight season, finishing ninth overall as the I Eight would take eighth. The women finished fourth at the Pac-12 Championships, highlighted by the II Eight capturing the silver medal in the Pac-12 Grand Final. The I Eight would go on to take fifth in its Grand Final while the Four would also take fifth.

Women's Lightweight Rowing
It was a three-peat for the Stanford Lightweights, who captured a third straight IRA National Championship in June. A season which was mostly spent atop the national poll, Stanford came into the IRA regatta ranked second and dethroned No. 1 Wisconsin in the Grand Final. There, the Cardinal raced out to an early lead and held on for a 2.5-second win over Bucknell, earning a third straight trophy. The lightweight four also medaled at the event, claiming second overall in the IRA Grand Final.

Sailing
Stanford completed the season by finishing eighth at Nationals in both coed and team racing, in addition to a 13th-place showing in the women's race. Stanford, which finished fifth nationally in the Fowle Trophy standings, was the only team to win all six PCCSC titles during the season, taking home the men's and women's singlehanded trophies in the fall as well as match racing. In the spring, it was a sweep in team, coed and women's racing. The Cardinal was also awarded individually as Kevin Laube, Oliver Toole, Kelly Ortel and Sally Mace were all named All-Americans. Stanford was honored with 10 All-PCCSC picks, led by Laube Toole and Mateo Vargas as coed skippers, Kaitlyn Baab, Haley Kirk, Ortel and Helena Scutt as crews and Sally Mace, Molly McKinney and Eliza Richartz as sailors.

Men's Golf
Stanford totaled seven top-five finishes, highlighted by the team's only tournament victory at the Olympia Field/Fighting Illini Invitational, where the Cardinal earned a 16-stroke victory over a strong field. Patrick Rodgers shot a four-under 206 to win the individual title, becoming the first Stanford golfer to win his first collegiate event since Tiger Woods. Rodgers would add another title in the spring, capturing the Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Club. One of three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award, Rodgers produced 10 top-10 finishes through 12 events during his rookie year and finished with a stroke average of 70.7. Rodgers was named a PING First Team All-American, in addition to being tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Andrew Yun posted six top-10 finishes, including the Pac-12 Championships title for his second career championship. A PING Second Team All-American, Yun posted a stroke average of 71.6 in his 12 events. Cameron Wilson participated in the U.S. Open at Olympic Club after he won a sectional qualifier in Summit, New Jersey.

Women's Golf
Stanford made its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships, finishing 24th. The Cardinal's season got off to a promising start with a second-place finish at the WSU Cougar Cup, as Sally Watson took medalist honors by sinking a long birdie putt on the 18th hole in her final round. Watson totaled six top-10 finishes and a team-best 73.6 stroke average through 11 events and was a Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection. Mariko Tumangan finished second behind Watson in stroke average and managed three top-10 performances, including a tie for eighth place in her season debut at the WSU Cougar Cup. Marissa Mar also produced three top-10's on the year, with her best finish coming at the PING ASU Invitational, where she tied for third. Sydney Burlison, who was sidelined for much of the season with injury, carded the team's lowest round of the season, turning in a five-under 67 in the first round of the NCAA Regionals, as the Cardinal tied for fifth to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Men's Track and Field
Stanford notched a pair of top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Stanford placed 11th while finishing 18th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Cardinal placed sixth in the John McDonnell Program of the Year standings, which ranks programs based on all three NCAA meets, including cross country. Amaechi Morton won the NCAA title in the 400-meter hurdles, while Chris Derrick totaled three top-3 national finishes, including runner-up efforts in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters indoors. Stanford produced 16 All-Americans, including eight on the first team. At the conference meets, Stanford was second at the MPSF Championships during the indoor season and fifth at the Pac-12 Championships outdoors. Derrick won a Pac-12 title in the 5,000 meters, while Morton won the conference title in the 400-meter hurdles.

Women's Track and Field
Stanford enjoyed a big season as a team, placing second in the Terry Crawford Program of the Year standings behind only Oregon. The Cardinal was 13th at the NCAA Indoor Championships and then sixth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. In addition, Stanford claimed an MPSF title and placed second at the Pac-12 Championships. Katerina Stefanidi led the Cardinal, claiming the NCAA title outdoors in the pole vault and also winning MPSF and Pac-12 titles in the same event. Other Pac-12 champions included Brianna Bain (javelin) and Kori Carter (100-meter hurdles). At the indoor meet, Arantxa King won both the long jump and triple jump MPSF title, while Carter won the 60-meter hurdles. Stanford produced 24 All-Americans on the year, including 13 named to the first team.


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