Jan. 19, 2009
STANFORD, Calif.- No stranger to international competition, sophomore Camille Gandhi recently wrapped up a five-day stint at the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, competing as a member of the USA Under-21 squad.
Gandhi started all four games for the USA team, which suffered a 2-0 loss to India on Jan. 18 in the bronze medal match.
Back in October, Gandhi was selected to participate with the USA U-21 National Team at the 2008 Junior Pan American Games in Mexico City. In the gold medal match against Chile, the United States recorded a 2-1 overtime victory with Gandhi scoring the game-winner in the 74th minute. Gandhi started four of the five games and scored three goals overall, with the first two coming in a 21-0 rout of Bermuda in the opener.
A dual national citizen, Gandhi was selected to the U.S. Under-21 Field Hockey National Team last summer.
Gandhi is coming off an impressive sophomore season in which she was recognized as a 2008 Longstreth/NFHCA All-West Region selection and awarded a spot on the 16-player First Team. One week later, she added to her list of postseason honors when she was named a Third Team All-American selection by WomensFieldHockey.com.
Gandhi was named the 2008 NorPac Player of the Year, collecting Stanford's first such honor since Michelle Scott in 2000. The 2007 NorPac Rookie of the Year, Gandhi led the Cardinal in assists (10) and shot attempts (54). She also scored four goals for a total of 18 points in 18 games, including the game-winner in Stanford's 2-1 victory over No. 16 California in the NorPac Tournament championship game.
Stanford finished 9-11 overall in 2008, advancing to the NCAA Play-in game for the second straight season. The Cardinal was also crowned NorPac Tournament champions for the second year in a row and won seven of its final nine games to close out the season.