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Stanford soccer assistant takes top women's job at Dartmouth

 

Stanford assistant women's soccer coach Theresa Wagner was hired as the head coach at Dartmouth it was announced Friday.

Wagner has been at Stanford the past three seasons, helping the Cardinal reach the NCAA College Cup each time, with appearances in the championship final the past two years.

During those years, Stanford teams combined for a 70-4-3 record and two Pac-10 Conference championships. By adding the team's 2002 record when she served as a volunteer assistant, Stanford was 91-5-4 with Wagner on staff, winning three conference titles.

"Theresa has been an outstanding assistant coach during her time here," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "On behalf of the team and coaching staff, I want to thank her for all of her hard work and dedication to Stanford women's woccer. We wish her much success in her new position at Dartmouth."

Before arriving at Stanford, Wagner spent five seasons as an assistant at San Diego, helping the Toreros to three NCAA tournament appearances and their best-ever season, in 2007, with a 15-3-3 record. She also was head coach with the San Diego Surf under-17 club, which earned a No. 1 national ranking and captured State Cup and regional championships.

Wagner played, and won a championship, with the San Jose CyberRays during the first of her three seasons in the Women's United Soccer Association following a stellar career at Washington .

Wagner holds the Huskies' single-game records for goals (four) and assists (four). She was a four-time All-Pac-10 choice.

Synchronized swimming

Seniors Gayle Lee and Corinne Smith lead a young group of performers into Stanford's season opener Saturday at 3 p.m. against visiting Incarnate Word.

The Cardinal finished second at both the U.S. Collegiate Championships and U.S. National championships last year.

Lee, a member of the Singapore national team, performed as a member of the first-place team event at the nationals. She missed the 2009 season with an injury.

Smith, who competed with the U.S. junior national team four years ago, has finished second in the team event in each of the past two collegiate championships.

Junior Maria Koroleva may have the most experience with Stanford, having also competed in duet, trio and figures the past two years in earning All-American status. She was with the U.S. national team at the FINA World Championships in Rome in 2009.

Koroleva is joined by fellow juniors Alex Bollaidlaw, Olivia Morgan and Koko Urata, all of whom have been All-Americans, performed for the U.S. junior national team or both.

Sophomores Madison Crocker, Jessica Guenther and Wendy Lu are also accomplished performers. Crocker is a collegiate All-American, Guenther competed with the Canadian national team and Lu was on the U.S. junior national team.

There are high expectations for freshmen Leigh Haldeman, Liane Lovett and Danielle Rossoni as well. Haldeman, whose father Bill was track and field and cross country star at Stanford, was an Age Group champion in figures and solo last year.

Like Haldeman, Lovett is also a graduate of Inglemoor High in Washington. Lovett was also a member of the U.S. junior national team.

Rossoni, who competed at the South Zone Senior Championships, holds a black belt in Wushudo Kung Fu.

Morgan Fuller, Michelle Moore and Megan Hansley have been selected to the this year's national team and will redshirt the season at Stanford.

Koroleva and Morgan were also picked, but have chosen to return to school.

-- Dave Kiefer/Stanford Sports Information and Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Online Sports

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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