Hannah Farr, a junior two-sport athlete at Stanford, on Wednesday became the first California native to be named women's lacrosse Player of the Year by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
She was selected lacrosse Player of the Year by conference coaches after leading Stanford to a 13-3 regular-season record and a No. 2 seed in the MPSF tournament, which begins Thursday.
Farr, a native of Hillsborough, leads the Cardinal in draw controls (39), shares the lead in goals (27), and ranks third on the team in assists (8), points (35), and ground balls (27). She is one of two Stanford players among the team's top five in goals, assists, points, ground balls, draws, and caused turnovers.
Farr, who plays midfield, delivered multiple-goals in all five of Stanford's games against IWLCA Top-20 opponents this year, and is the MPSF leader in game-winners with four. A three-time first-team all-conference selection, Farr also becomes the first MPSF lacrosse player to be in possession of both an MPSF Tournament MVP (2013) and player of the year award in her career.
This is the fourth time Stanford has had an MPSF Player of the Year selection, following Lauren Schmidt in 2009 and 2010, and Leslie Foard in 2011. However, she is the first from California.
The conference, which now has 10 teams, has sponsored women's lacrosse since 2004 and previous winners were from Maryland, Ohio, and New York. The MPSF is the only NCAA Division I women's lacrosse conference in the Western states.
A science, technology, and society major, Farr carries a 3.61 cumulative grade-point average and has earned conference All-Academic honors in both lacrosse and soccer. Farr is the first to play both sports at Stanford, and is the second Bay Area recruit in Stanford lacrosse history.
One day after the NCAA team brackets were announced, Stanford was well represented among the singles and doubles selections for the 2014 NCAA Championships.
Just how well represented? The NCAA singles draw more closely resembles a daily practice at Taube Family Tennis Stadium, with the Cardinal's entire six-member lineup of Kristie Ahn, Taylor Davidson, Caroline Doyle, Krista Hardebeck, Ellen Tsay and Carol Zhao earning an at-large spot in the field.
In doubles, Stanford's top team of Ahn and Zhao made the cut as an at-large duo.
Only the selections were announced on Wednesday afternoon, while the individual brackets will be released in two weeks.
The individual portion of the NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championship is scheduled for May 21-26 in Athens, Ga., with singles play kicking off on May 21 and the doubles competition getting underway on May 22.
One swing of the bat, provided by Kylie Sorenson, was all Stanford and starting pitcher Madi Schyerer needed to beat host St. Mary's, 2-1, in a nonconference game Wednesday.
The Cardinal (28-21) travels to open a three-game Pac-12 Conference series at UCLA beginning Friday night.
Sorenson, who leads Stanford with a .370 batting average and a .623 slugging percentage, hit her fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the top of the third that Schreyer turned into her advantage.
Tylyn Wells led off the inning with an infield single, stole second and went to third on Leah White's groundout. She had an easy trip home when Sorenson drilled her home run.
Schreyer (20-12) allowed an unearned run on seven hits in completing her 21st game of the season. She struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
Sorenson also leads Stanford with an on-base percentage of .503, and has a team-best 16 doubles and 34 walks. The freshman has struck out just seven times in 172 plate appearances, not including sacrifice hits.
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