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2001-2002 Sports Recaps

Spring Sports

Golf - Men - NCAA Finish: 17th at Regional (2nd at Pac-10)

The Stanford men's golf team ended its season with a 17th place finish at the NCAA West Regionals in Albuquerque on the University of New Mexico Championship Course. The Cardinal's appearance this year marked their fourth consecutive bid to the regionals. Stanford placed second at the U.S. Intercollegiate and Pac-10 Championships, led by individual medalists Philip Rowe and Jim Seki. Rowe shot a career-low 64 in the opening round of the Intercollegiate and finished with a 205 to take first place. Seki was crowned the Pac-10 Individual Champion with a four-round total of 284. As a team Stanford finished with seven top-10 finishes in its 12 events, and Rowe and Seki were each named to the All-Pac-10 First Team.

Lacrosse - Women - MPLL Finish: 1st (11-7 Overall, 10-0 MPLL)
The Stanford Women's Lacrosse team finished the season with an undefeated league record and a 16-7 Championship victory in the newly formed Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League. This win marked the Cardinal's fourth consecutive league championship, after winning the WWLL three years in a row. The championship game matched Stanford up against California for their third contest of the season. Freshman phenoms Julia Calzonetti, Kelsey Twist and Nina Pantano led the Cardinal to victory with 4, 3 and 3 goals respectively. The trio also led the team in scoring this year with Twist contributing 36 goals, Pantano adding 30 goals and Calzonetti putting in 28 goals. Stanford closed out the year with 8 wins in their last 9 games, including a 13-10 upset of the Boston College Eagles. The Cardinal also outscored opponents 113-69 in that final stretch.

Softball - NCAA Finish: 9th - Record: 44-20 overall (7-14 Pac-10)
The Cardinal concluded the 2002 season with a 44-20 record overall, recording its fifth consecutive 40-win season. The club finished in sixth place in the Pac-10, sporting a 7-14 conference ledger. Stanford advanced to the postseason for the fifth straight season, notching a 1-2 mark at NCAA Regionals in Fresno. This year's squad remained among the nation's top-10 throughout the season and peaked as high as No. 2- the highest ranking in program history. Stanford outscored its opponents 305-133 this season, boasting a .273 cummulative batting average. Other highlights included the following: head coach John Rittman picking up his 250th career victory in Stanford's 9-1 win over Arizona State on May 3, seniors Jessica Mendoza and Sarah Beeson earning All-America honors and junior hurler Tori Nyberg setting career-high marks in the following categories: wins (26), ERA (1.51), complete games (26), shutouts (7), innings pitched (240.1) and strikeouts (203).

Tennis - Men - Ranking: 10th - Record: 20-6 (5-2 in Pac-10)
The Stanford men's tennis team posted its 15th consecutive 20-win season, and also captured its 12th National Team Indoor Championship and third in the last five years. The Cardinal also enjoyed individual success, particularly at the NCAA Championships. The doubles team of Scott Lipsky/David Martin reached the NCAA Doubles Final, while Ryan Haviland and Martin each advanced to the NCAA Singles Semifinals. Senior K.J. Hippensteel also captured the prestigious ITA All-American Singles Championship.

Tennis - Women: NCAA Champions - Record: 27-1 (8-0 in Pac-10)
Stanford women's tennis captured its second straight national championship in impressive fashion, capping off a 6-0 run in the NCAA Tournament with a 4-1 victory over Florida in the title match. The Cardinal notched its fourth NCAA team title in the last six years and finished the season with a 27-1 overall record. Playing on its home courts at the Taube Tennis Center, the Cardinal dropped just three points en route to its 12th NCAA Team Title in the 22-year history of the event. Seniors Lauren Kalvaria and Gabriela Lastra finished with a 34-3 overall record and won the NCAA doubles title with a 6-2, 6-3 win over UCLA's Megan Bradley and Lauren Fisher. Lastra, along with freshman Erin Burdette, reached the semifinals of the NCAA singles championship. Burdette led the team with 43 victories in her first season on The Farm. Head Coach Lele Forood is now 57-1 in her two seasons as head coach, along with two national championships.

Water Polo - Women: NCAA Champions - Record: 23-2 overall (10-1 MPSF)
The Stanford women's water polo team captured the NCAA Championship with an 8-4 victory over the UCLA Bruins in the national title game at McDonald's Swim Stadium. The Cardinal won their first title, avenging their loss to UCLA in last year's championship game. Stanford concluded its season with a 23-2 overall record and 10-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Goalkeeper Jackie Frank was named the National Division I Player of the Year and the MPSF Goalie of the Year, while Ellen Estes and Brenda Villa were selected to the All-American and MPSF First Teams. Stanford also won the Stanford and Gaucho Invitationals, and finished second in the MPSF Tournament. Villa led the team with 60 goals and Margie Dingeldein and Estes each netted 35. Frank finished with 178 saves in goal for the Cardinal.

Winter Sports

Basketball - Men - NCAA Finish: 17th - Record: 20-10 overall (12-6 Pac-10)
Stanford finished the season 20-10, and 12-6 in the Pacific-10 Conference. Stanford's participation in the 2002 NCAA Tournament was the school's eighth straight, and eleventh overall. Stanford chalked up its ninth straight winning season, and its eighth straight 20-win campaign. Stanford finished in a four-way tie for second place in the PAC-10 with Arizona, California and USC. The Cardinal has finished no worse than second place in the last five years.

Basketball - Women - NCAA Finish: 9th - Record: 32-3 overall (Pac-10 Champions)
Stanford recorded the fifth 30-win season in school history en route to an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 and a Pacific-10 Conference regular season title. The Cardinal was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation after it rattled off 22 straight wins from Dec. 19-March 4. Sophomore Nicole Powell emerged as one of the top players in the nation as she earned WBCA All-American honors and became just the second sophomore to ever win Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year honors.

Fencing - Men & Women - NCAA Finish: 6th
The Stanford University Cardinal tied with Princeton University for sixth place at the NCAA Fencing Championships, hosted by Drew University. Men's Foil produced the most points for the Cardinal as Steve Gergberman finished third and Mark Mulholland finished fifth. Iris Zimmerman had the highest finish on the women's side with a seventh place finish in the Women's Foil event.

Indoor Track & Field - Men - NCAA Finish: 35th
The Cardinal men came up short in their quest for a third consecutive title in the distance medley relay, but returned six athletes to The Farm as All-Americans. The team of Donald Sage, Curtis Goehring, Mark Hassell and Grant Robison finished seventh in the relay with a season-best time of 9:35.30. Robison also took sixth in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:04.82 and Sage placed 11th in the mile run with a time of 4:13.55. Louis Luchini and Chris Emme represented Stanford in the men's 5,000 meters. Luchini earned All-American Status and took eighth place with a time of 14:11.15, while Emme finished in 14:15.20 to place 11th. Emme took home All-American status in the 3,000 finishing 14th in 8:09.22. Seth Hejny also competed for the Cardinal in the 3,000 and placed 16th (8:11.51).

Indoor Track & Field - Women - NCAA Finish: 5th
The Cardinal women indoor track and field team had their best showing at the NCAA Indoor Championships since 1992, with all six women returning to Stanford as All-Americans. The team tied for fifth place, led by junior Lauren Fleshman's performance in winning the 3,000 meter title with a stadium record time of 9:07.45. Malindi Elmore earned All-American status by placing fourth in the mile run with a time of 4:41.05. Jillian Camarena placed fifth with a throw of 16.46m in the shot put to earn her All-American accolade. Stanford's distance medley relay team of Maurica Carlucci, Christine Moschella, Lindsay Hyatt and Fleshman toured the track in a season-best time of 11:09.13 to place third. The team's time of 11:09.13 also goes down as the second fastest all-time in Cardinal history.

Swimming & Diving - Men - NCAA Finish: 2nd - Record: 8-0 overall (Pac-10 Champions)
Stanford won its 21st consecutive Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships on the heels of a perfect 8-0 dual meet season. Ranked No. 1 in the poll for the entire regular season, the Cardinal finished a close second at NCAAs, taking home three individual titles and three relay titles. Sophomore Markus Rogan was crowned NCAA Champion in the 200 IM and 200 back while teammate Peter Marshall was tabbed NCAA Champion in the 100 back. Stanford relays took home the NCAA titles in the 200 free relay, 400 medley relay and 200 medley relay. Rogan finished second at NCAAs in the individual point standings with 55 to lead the Cardinal. Nine student-athletes earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors as well.

Swimming & Diving - Women - NCAA Finish: 3rd - Record: 8-0 overall (Pac-10 Champions)

Stanford won the Pac-10 title for the first time since 1999 and extended its streak of top three finishes at the NCAA Championships to 22 straight years with a third-place showing. Stanford won five of the 21 events at the NCAA's, more than any other school. Tara Kirk swept the breaststroke events and now owns the American record in both the 100 and 200, while Shelly Ripple set a new NCAA record to win the 200 fly. Both were members of Stanford's winning and American record-setting 200 and 400 medley relay teams. Kirk (100 breast) and Ripple (200 breast) were also both unbeaten throughout the season in their signature events. Stanford finished its dual meet slate with an 8-0 record and was the nation's top-ranked team throughout the regular season.

Synchronized Swimming - Women - Rank: 2nd
Stanford Synchronized Swimming team finished 2nd At U.S. Collegiate Championships, falling to Ohio State 99-92. Stanford's top trio of Dobratz, Wigginton and Norris finished a point back at 96.333. Carolina Moraes and Stanford's Norris created a first occurrence of their own in the sport of synchronized swimming. Moraes and Norris earned a perfect tie of 95.833 in the solo final to share the event's gold medal.

Wrestling - Men - NCAA Finish: 50th
The Stanford wrestling team finished the 2001-02 season at 10-9 with four starters earning bids at the NCAA Championships. Matt Gentry posted 35 wins this season - the most ever by a freshman in school history and was the top Cardinal finisher at the PAC-10 Championships, taking second at 149 pounds.

Gymnastics - Women - NCAA Finish: 6th
The Stanford women's gymnastics squad capped its most successful season in school history with a sixth place team finish (196.025) at the 2002 NCAA Super Six, reaching the national championship session for the first time ever. The Cardinal ended the regular season at 13-5 overall, captured first place honors at the NCAA North Central Regional Championships on Apr. 6 and recorded a third place finish in the NCAA Championships preliminary round. In addition, three Stanford gymnasts competed in the Individual Event Finals portion of the 2002 NCAA Championships. Sophomores Kendall Beck (vault, 8th overall), Lise L?veill? (balance beam, 6th overall) and Lindsay Wing (balance beam, 12th overall) all earned First Team All-America honors for their efforts. L?veill? also was named a Second Team All-America selection on floor exercise.

Gymnastics - Men - NCAA Finish: 6th
Stanford Men's Gymnastics finished the 2002 season with a sixth place finish at the NCAA's and two NCAA Individual Champions - Marshall Erwin on rings and Dan Gill on vault. The team finished third at the MPSF Championships with Erwin claiming a title on rings. Head coach Sadao Hamada retired after 30 years on The Farm - accumulating three NCAA titles, two conference titles and 18 NCAA Individual titles.

Volleyball - Men - Rank: 6th
The Cardinal finished fifth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 15-7 record and received an automatic conference tournament berth. Stanford appeared in the postseason for the third consecutive season, before dropping a 3-2 contest at BYU in a first round MPSF playoff match. The Cardinal concluded their season at 16-10.

Fall Sports

Cross Country - Men - NCAA Finish: 2nd
The Stanford men's cross country squad made runs at the NCAA titles in 2001. The Cardinal placed second at the NCAA Championships, one point behind winner Colorado to mark the fourth time in the last six years that the Cardinal has finished either first or second. Donald Sage was the first Stanford runner to cross the finish line in the men's 10000-meter competition, finishing seventh.

Cross Country - Women - NCAA Finish: 5th
The Stanford women's cross country squad finished fifth, giving the team its sixth straight showing among the nation's Top 5. Lauren Fleshman was the top Stanford finisher at the NCAA Championships as she placed third in the women's 6000-meter competition.

Field Hockey - Women - Record: (11-8)
The Stanford women's field hockey team finished 2nd in the Nor-Pac Championships, losing to No. 17 Cal 2-0. Stanford compiled a 11-8 overall record.

Football - Men - Rank: 16th
The 2001 Cardinal turned in one of the finest regular seasons in the 106 year history of Stanford football. The nine wins this season marks only the eighth time in school history that Stanford won at least nine games during the regular season. In the last 50 years (1952-2001), only two teams have won nine regular season games: 1992 and 2001. Stanford played Georgia Tech in the Seattle Bowl.

Soccer - Men - NCAA Finish: 3rd, Record: (19-2-1)
The Stanford men's soccer team made their second appearance at soccer's version of the Final Four, but came up short in its' quest for its first national title, losing to North Carolina 3-2 in the fourth overtime. The Cardinal complete their season at 19-2-1-- the best overall record in men's soccer history.

Soccer - Women - Rank: 9th, Record: (15-4-2)
The Stanford women's soccer finished the 2001 campaign ranked ninth nationally with a 15-4-2 overall record. The Cardinal made their 11th appearance in the postseason, marking their fourth consecutive trip. Stanford advanced to the Third Round of the NCAA Women's College Cup before losing 1-0 to Texas A&M.

Water Polo - Men - NCAA Finish: 1 - NCAA Champions, Record: (22-1)
After 25 years as head coach at Stanford, Dettamanti coached his final game at the NCAA Championship on Sunday at the Avery Aquatic Center, and before a soldout crowd of 2,226 fans, the Cardinal responded with an 8-5 victory over the two-time defending NCAA champion UCLA Bruins. The Cardinal finished the season with a 22-1 record and its' eight NCAA National Championship.

Volleyball - Women - NCAA Finish: 1 - NCAA Champions, Record: (33-2)
The Stanford women's volleyball team notched its NCAA record fifth national championship with a victory over Long Beach State while first-year head coach John Dunning became the first Division I coach to win a national championship at two different schools (Pacific '85 and '86). He also becomes the only coach to win a national championship in his first year as head coach (Pacific '85 and Stanford '01).