Back-to-back shutouts by the Stanford women's soccer team last weekend have earned Cardinal defender Maddie Bauer the first Player of the Week honor from TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Bauer's effort certainly will help her case for a return to the U.S. national team fold after a snub from the U.S. U20 WNT World Cup roster, not to mention the Cardinal's hope of besting UCLA this season for Pac-12 and national honors.
The Bruins are ranked No. 1 nationally and led by senior defender Abby Dahlkemper, the former Sacred Heart Prep standout from Menlo Park.
Stanford was ranked 12th in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Preseason Top 20 Coaches Poll, released Tuesday by the organization.
It is the second consecutive year Stanford received a No. 12 preseason ranking and the fifth straight year the Cardinal has earned a national preseason ranking.
Stanford will take on five teams ranked in the preseason poll, including No. 3 Connecticut, No. 14 Northwestern, No. 17 Michigan, No. 18 Delaware and No. 20 Iowa.
During the 2013 season Stanford climbed to a No. 6 ranking, matching the best in school history. The Cardinal was ranked No. 13 or higher throughout the entire season. The Cardinal, which has been included in the national rankings for all but one week over the past four years, concluded its season ranked 10th.
Stanford 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.
The Cardinal will open its season at home Friday against No. 18 Delaware at 3 p.m., followed by a Sunday matchup against 2013 NorPac champion Liberty.
The World Rowing Championships are under way in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and on Monday a pair of Stanford graduates took to the water for the United States.
David Banks, a 2005 Stanford graduate, and recent graduate Austin Hack helped make up the U.S. men's eight. The duo had to wait until the second day of competition for their first race, the second of two heats.
With Banks in the 2 seat and Hack in the 4 seat, Team USA got off to a good start and was just under a second behind Poland at the 500-meter mark. The U.S. slipped back to third place at the hallway point with Russia moving in front by 0.31 seconds.
Russia did not stay in second for long as the Americans took the second spot right back. That is where the U.S. finished as Poland held the lead throughout to automatically advance to the A Final with a time of 5:39.32. Team USA clocked a 5:42.27 and will now move on to the repechage and quarterfinals on Wednesday.
The final race of the day on Wednesday will be to see who will join Poland and Germany in the A Final and who will slide down to the B Final.