May 21, 2007
The Cardinal finished the season with a record of 27-3 and a 12-0 MPSF record that gave them the regular season conference championship. The regular season started out with two early wins, but Stanford then dropped an 8-6 decision to USC in the third game of the year. Despite the early setback, the Cardinal ran off 23 wins in a row and didn't lose for the rest of the regular season. This streak included two wins over eventual national champion UCLA and another against No. 3 USC.
Stanford entered the MPSF Championships with a 23-2 overall mark. The Cardinal beat UC Irvine and Hawaii in the first two rounds to set up a showdown with UCLA. The Bruins, however, secured the MPSF Tournament championship by defeating the Cardinal, 9-3.
Even with the loss to UCLA in the conference tournament, the Cardinal earned the number one overall seed in the NCAA Championships. Stanford easily beat Wagner, 25-8, and San Diego State, 13-4, to reach the title match, where UCLA once again awaited the Cardinal. In the National Championship, the Cardinal trailed early, but made a strong comeback and made it close in the fourth quarter. Stanford though fell a goal short and lost 5-4 to the Bruins who were able to win their third consecutive national championship.
Stanford In The 2007 Post-Season:
MPSF Conference Tournament 1st Round UC-Irvine W, 17-5
MPSF Conference Tournament 2nd Round Hawaii W, 16-10
MPSF Conference Championship UCLA L, 3-9
NCAA Championships Quarterfinal Wagner W, 25-8
NCAA Championships Semifinal SDSU W, 13-4
NCAA National Championship UCLA L, 4-5
History at the NCAA Championships:
2007 marked the 10th time in a row that Stanford has been invited to the NCAA Championships. This year's team gave John Tanner his sixth appearance in the national championship game. The 2002 team broke through for a national championship and the Cardinal have also earned four other runner-up finishes. In the four other NCAA Championship appearances, Stanford has finished in third place.
Year Record Finish
1998: 29-6 3rd Place
1999: 25-6 Runner-Up
2000: 28-5 3rd Place
2001: 27-1 Runner-Up
2002: 23-2 National Champions
2003: 21-3 Runner-Up
2004: 19-5 3rd Place
2005: 21-7 Runner-Up
2006: 24-5 3rd Place
2007: 27-3 Runner-Up
Cardinal Lands Four on NCAA All-Tournament Teams:
Four Stanford athletes were named to the NCAA Championships All-Tournament teams. Seniors Katie Hansen and Christina Hewko were named to the All-Tournament 1st team and Seniors Meridith McColl and Alison Gregorka were named to the All-Tournament 2nd team.
Stanford Gets Eight on the All-MPSF teams:
Eight Cardinal student athletes were named to the All-MPSF teams this week. Seniors Christina Hewko, Katie Hansen and Meridith McColl were named All-MPSF First Team. Senior Alison Gregorka was placed on the All-MPSF Second Team, and Lauren Silver and Jessica Steffens were named as Honorable Mentions All-MPSF. Kelly Eaton and Kelly Donahue were also placed on the MPSF All-Freshmen team to round out to MPSF accolades.
Coach of the Year:
Head Coach John Tanner was able to pick up his fourth MPSF Coach of the Year award last week as announced by MPSF executive director Al Beaird. With the completed season John Tanner now owns a 244-43 (.850) overall record at Stanford.
Top of the Offense and Defense Rankings:
Stanford finished with the third rated offense in the MPSF. The Cardinal scored 12.50 goals per game on the season, which only placed them behind USC and UCLA. The Trojans were able to score 13.57 goals per game and the Bruins had the top offense at 14.03 goals per game. On defense, the Cardinal finished second in the MPSF, only behind UCLA. Stanford allowed 5.87 goals per game on the year, while UCLA allowed just 5.20 goals per game.
THE FOUR SENIORS
64 Goals for Hansen:
Katie Hansen finished the year strong and completed her senior campaign with 59 goals. She then added five more at the NCAA Championships to extend her career-high to 64 goals. With the career season, it gave Hansen 178 goals in her Stanford career. She was named 1st Team All-MPSF for her efforts this season and was named to the MPSF All-Conference team after a second place finish in the conference tournament. She was also put on the All-Tournament 1st team at the NCAA Championships. This makes Hansen a four-time All-MPSF performer after she made the All-Freshmen team her freshman year, MPSF second-team her sophomore, and MPSF first-team her junior and senior seasons. Hansen still may have a couple of honors in her future as All-American teams are announced June 1st and Hansen was also recently named a finalist for the Peter J. Cutino award, which will be announced on June 2nd.
Christina Hewko was also named to the All-MPSF First team, the second time in her Cardinal career she has done so. Hewko also was placed on the All-Tournament 1st Team after her strong play at the NCAA Champiosnhips. She also recorded a career-high 38 goals after scoring 24 in her junior season and gave her 122 goals in her Stanford career. Hewko also came up with a big game against No. 2 UCLA, scoring three goals in a 7-6 overtime win. Hewko also has a strong chance to repeat as an All-American performer when the teams come out on June 1st.
Meridith McColl often performed at her best in the biggest of games. She was instrumental in the 23-game winning streak for the Cardinal and came up the biggest in a 7-6 overtime victory over No. 2 UCLA at the Avery Aquatics Center. McColl is now a four-time All-MPSF performer and this is her second consecutive season the All-MPSF First Team. In her sophomore campaign she earned second-team honors and her freshman year she was an honorable mention. McColl also earned 2nd Team All-Tournament honors at the NCAA Championships after leading Stanford to the National Championship game. She recorded 165 saves on the season and finishes with 710 career saves on the Farm. McColl has a strong chance as well to be named as an All-American next month.
Gregorka Leads the Defense:
Alison Gregorka capped on another strong campaign with a spot on the All-MPSF second team. Gregorka was able to tally 22 goals on the season, which gave her 65 goals in her Stanford career. Gregorka though did most of her work on the defense end with stout work in the two-meter zone. With her defensive work at the NCAA Championships, Gregorka earned 2nd Team All-Tournament honors. Gregorka, a two-time All-Academic performer makes the All-Conference team for the first time as a senior. This season Gregorka was also in Australia for the FINA Championships and competed with Team USA. She score two go-ahead goals and handed out six assists in the tournament. Stanford alum Brenda Villa (03') also leading Team USA to the World Championship by scoring 11 goals in the tournament. This was only the second time Team USA has captured the World Championship in competition.
Silver going into this season had high expectations after a 52 goal freshman season. She did not disappoint when she scored 64 goals this season and was able to score in every game but two on the season. With the performance it earned her a spot on the All-MPSF Honorable Mention team after making the All-Freshman team last season. With four departing seniors, Lauren Silver looks to have a major role with the Cardinal offense going into the 2008 season.