STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford head coach Tara Danielson announced the seven-member freshman class Wednesday that will join the Cardinal for the 2014 campaign.
The Cardinal is coming off an impressive 2013 season in which it registered its fifth consecutive 15-win season, finishing 16-5 overall, and claimed its fifth straight NorPac West regular season title. Stanford, which has been included in the national rankings for all but one week over the past four years, spent each week of 2013 ranked 13th or higher, including matching a program-best No. 6 ranking in two consecutive weeks.
The Class of 2018 includes Sarah Helgeson, Marissa Cicione, Katie Keyser, Millie Stefanowicz, Sydney Shaw, Maddy Belin and Ashley Watson. The group consists of four individuals from Pennsylvania, two from California and one from New York.
Helgeson was a two-time All-State First Team selection and three-year varsity player at Hempfield High School in Lancaster, Pa. She earned all-league honors in her sophomore, junior and senior years, and was a 2013 NFHCA High School National Academic Scholar of Distinction. She helped lead her team to a state championship in 2011 and a semifinal finish in 2012. A three-sport star, Helgeson earned four letters in track and field, and two in basketball.
Cicione, a Havertown, Pa., native, was a four-year varsity player at Cardinal O’Hara High School. She was a three-time All-Catholic League selection, two-time first-team All-Delaware County and All-Southeastern Pennsylvania honoree. She broke the school and Delaware County record for single-season goals with 45 during her junior year.
Stefanowicz joins the Cardinal from Lansdale, Pa., where she was a four-year letterwinner at Mount Saint Joseph Academy. She was a first-team All-State and second-team All-Region selection in 2013. Stefanowicz earned All-Catholic First Team and Catholic League All-Star recognition in 2012 and 2013. She claimed championships at the Disney Showcase and Futures Elite Academy in 2012 and 2013, and competed in the 2012 Junior Olympics. Stefanowicz received NFHCA Scholar of Distinction, NFHCA National Academic Squad and All-Academic Pennsylvania Field Hockey recognition in 2013.
Keyser earned All-League First Team and All-County Second Team honors during her senior year at Garnet Valley High School in Pennsylvania. She was a 2013 Disney Showcase pool winner, and competed at the 2013 Futures Elite and 2012 Junior Olympics. Keyser is a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society and Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA High School National Academic Squad.
Shaw, a native of Delmar, N.Y., was a four-year varsity starter and two-time captain at Bethlehem Central High School. She is a three-time Suburban Council First Team All-Star Award recipient and competed at the National Futures Championship in 2012 and 2013. Shaw was selected for the AAU Junior Olympics in 2012 and competed at the National Indoor Tournament in 2012 and 2013. She is a three-year recipient of the NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Award.
Belin joins the Cardinal from Encinitas, Calif., where she competed for La Costa Canyon High School. She led her team to the CIF semifinals during her senior year behind a 7-3 league record and was named an all-league selection and a San Diego CIF Section Senior All-Star. The National Honors Society member registered 120 saves during her final two years and earned three varsity letters.
Watson will make the trip up the coast from Escondido, Calif., where she was the 2013 Avocado East League Player of the Year at San Pasqual High School. She captained her team to a league championship in her senior year and was a two-time All-CIF First Team and All-League First Team selection in 2012 and 2013. Watson is a 2014 Futures Elite member and was a National Futures Championship selection in 2011-13.
The seven-member freshman class will look to help Stanford claim a NorPac conference title and return to the NCAA Tournament beginning Aug. 29 in the season-opener at home against Delaware.