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Stanford's Schmidt Earns MPSF Player of the Year
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/23/2009

April 23, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. -

All-MPSF Honors in PDF Format Stanford junior Lauren Schmidt was named Player of the Year by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, and Stanford's first-year coach Amy Bokker was named conference Coach of the Year.

In all, Stanford placed four players on the 16-player first team: Schmidt, a midfielder, as well senior defender Maris Perlman, junior midfielder Julie Christy, and junior attacker Dana Lindsay.

Schmidt rebounded from a knee injury that caused her to miss all of her sophomore season, to become the team scoring leader, with 27 goals and 15 assists for 42 points - all career highs. Schmidt, an All-MPSF selection as a freshman in 2007, also has 30 draw controls (team high), 18 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. Schmidt essentially plays the role of a basketball point guard, setting the tempo, distributing the ball, and slashing to the goal. Though her stats are impressive, Schmidt's contributions go far beyond the numbers.

She is the first Stanford player to earn Player of the Year honors in the six years of the MPSF.

Bokker arrived at Stanford after 11 years at George Mason, where she was the winningest coach in program history. She has led Stanford to a resurgence of sorts in her first year at the school. Stanford earned its first undefeated conference record (6-0) since 2005 and has outscored conference opponents, 105-30, extending the Cardinal's conference winning streak to nine. Bokker's up-tempo style of play has fit in perfectly with an athletic, versatile team with a deep bench. Stanford can run up and down the field and score goals, and can defend well, in man-to-man or zone sets. Bokker earned her 100th career victory this season and has led her team to a current No. 14 national ranking in the IWLCA coaches' poll.

Christy (21 goals, 2 assists) is a repeat all-conference selection, but this is the first honor for Lindsay (24 goals, 8 assists), and Perlman (22 caused turnovers 21 ground balls).

Stanford (10-4) plays host to the MPSF tournament semifinals on Friday (6 p.m.) against UC Davis (5-10), a surprise 16-14 quarterfinal winner over Denver. Cal (7-10) plays Oregon (12-4) in the other semifinal, at 3:30 p.m.

The championship game is Sunday at 1 p.m. at Stanford's Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Stanford has won the past four consecutive championships.

Here are some scores, with seeds in parentheses:

All games at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, Stanford
Thursday's quarterfinals

No. 2 Oregon 19, No. 7 Fresno State 2
No. 3 California 17, No. 6 Saint Mary's 6
No. 5 UC Davis 16, No. 4 Denver 14
No. 1 Stanford had a quarterfinal bye

Friday (semifinals)
Oregon (12-4) vs. California (7-10), 3:30 p.m.
Stanford (10-4) vs. UC Davis (5-10), 6 p.m.

Sunday (championship final)
Oregon-Cal winner vs. Stanford-UC Davis winner, 1 p.m.


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