July 16, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- Freshmen standouts Camille Gandhi (London, England) and Xanthe Travlos (Staffordshire, England) have been chosen to represent their countries in international competition.
A dual national citizen, Gandhi has been selected to the U.S. Under-21 Field Hockey National Team. Additionally, she will also be competing at the Junior Pan American Games in Mexico City during the month of October.
Recognized as the 2007 NorPac Rookie of the Year, Gandhi ranked fourth on the squad with six goals to go along with five assists, 17 points and 35 shots. Gandhi started every match for the Cardinal this year and recorded her first multi-goal game in a win over Pacific on Sept. 2. She was named to the All-Rookie squad by WomensFieldHockey.com and was also tabbed a NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) National Academic Squad honoree.
Travlos was picked for the England Under-21 team to compete at the EuroHockey Junior Nations Championships starting July 20. England's Under-21 squad will travel to San Sebastian, Spain, where they will compete against Italy, Belarus and Lithuania in Pool B. Pool A is made up of reigning champions Germany, host Spain, Netherlands and Belgium.
An NFHCA First Team West Regional All-American, Travlos put the finishing touches on a tremendous rookie season, highlighted by some clutch play down the stretch. She finished the year with a team-best 71 shots and five game-winning goals to match nine goals, five assists and 23 points. An All-NorPac First Team selection, Travlos also garnered a spot on the NorPac All-Tournament team.
Stanford is coming off one of the best years in school history, recording its first winning season in six years at 13-8 overall. The 13 victories rank second all-time in program history and the Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000. Led by NorPac Coach of the Year Lesley Irvine and a pair of First Team West Regional All-Americans in Xanthe Travlos and Jess Zutz, Stanford cracked the national rankings for the first time since 2001 and defeated California to claim the NorPac Tournament title.