Oct. 7, 2009
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at Pacific Tigers (3-6, 2-1 NorPac)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 11
Time: 2 p.m.
Site: Stockton, CA
STANFORD, Calif.- With five games remaining in the regular season, No. 13 Stanford shifts its focus to conference play over the next three weeks.
Enjoying one of its best seasons in school history, Stanford checks in at 10-2 overall after taking two of three on its most recent road trip through Pennsylvania. Despite suffering a 3-1 loss to Penn State in the finale of that road swing, Stanford actually moved up one spot to No. 13 in this week's Kookaburra/NFHCA National Coaches Poll. The No. 13 ranking matches a program best, as Stanford has now held down a spot in the top-25 for four straight weeks.
Stanford sports a 2-1 record in NorPac play, tied with Pacific (3-6, 2-1 NorPac) for first place in the West Division. The two teams will hook up at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, in Stockton. Stanford routed Pacific 5-1 at home two weeks ago, so the Cardinal has an opportunity to sweep the season series and create some distance in the league standings.
California stands at 1-1 and UC Davis is 0-2 to round out the West Division. Stanford will face both schools over the next three weeks, and those matches will be played at the Varsity Turf. The Cardinal takes on UC Davis on Saturday, Oct .17 (1 p.m.) and California on Friday, Oct. 23 (7 p.m.).
In the NorPac's East Division, Appalachian State and Radford are tied for the lead with 1-0 records. Longwood is 1-1 while Davidson enters the week at 0-2.
All eight teams will participate in the NorPac Championship, slated for Nov. 5-7 and hosted by Stanford at the Varsity Turf. The tournament champion is awarded a berth in an NCAA Play-In game, to be contested on the road against the champion of the America East Conference. The winner of that game earns a spot in the 16-team NCAA Tournament field.
Stanford was once again well-represented in this week's NorPac Player of the Week voting, with senior Midori Uehara and freshman Becky Dru earning awards.
Uehara was named the Offensive Player of the Week, becoming the third Cardinal player in four weeks to earn the accolade. Uehara scored five goals during the three-game road trip, including a hat trick against Temple in a 7-2 victory. Uehara attempted 11 shots over the three games combined.
Dru was recognized as the Rookie of the Week, scoring three goals over the weekend while attempting nine shots. Two of her goals came in a 4-0 shutout of La Salle.