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Stanford sweeps field hockey honors in NorPac Conference

 

Stanford's Kelsey Harbin was named the NorPac Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, while Alex McCawley (Offensive Player of the Year), Dulcie Davies (Defensive Player of the Year) and Katie Keyser (Maria Whitehead Rookie of the Year) also received player of the year honors.

Stanford head coach Tara Danielson was named the NorPac Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season.

Harbin, McCawley, and Davies were joined on the NorPac All-Conference first team by Maddie Secco, who earned her third conference honor in as many years. Lauren Becker and Shannon Herold received second team recognition.

Hannah Thiemann and Kasey Quon were named to the All-Academic team. Thiemann, an English major, holds a 3.78 GPA, while Quon, a communication major, boasts a 3.79 GPA. Both have been integral contributors to Stanford's defensive effort this season, helping the Cardinal limit opponents to one goal or less in 17 of 18 games.

Harbin's Player of the Year selection becomes the seventh consecutive season a Cardinal player has received the award (Camille Gandhi in 2008, Xanthe Travlos in 2009 and 2010, Becky Dru in 2011 and 2012, Harbin in 2013 and 2014).

It is the third league honor of Harbin's career after earning the Defensive Player of the Year award as a sophomore.

She anchors the nation's top defensive unit, which leads in goals-against average (0.66) and save percentage (.844).

McCawley became the first Stanford player to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors since Jess Zutz in 2007. \She leads Stanford's attack with a career-best 32 points on a career-high 14 goals and four assists.

McCawley has registered five multi-goal games and a team-high four game-winning goals. She scored key equalizing goals at No. 2 Connecticut and against No. 7 Iowa, helping lead Stanford to victories in both contests. She is ranked 20th in the NCAA in goals per game (0.78) and 29th in points per game (1.78).

Davies has led the nation in goals-against average and save percentage since the beginning of the season, currently ranking first in both categories with a 0.67 GAA and .836 save percentage.

She's allowed one or fewer goals in 17 of 18 games and accumulated seven shutouts. Davies has excelled against elite competition, making 33 saves and allowing just five goals in six games against top-20 opponents.

Keyser has made an immediate impact, appearing in all 18 games and providing speed in the offensive zone. Kesyer is the first Rookie of the Year selection for Stanford since Dru in 2009.

She has scored crucial goals with three of her four scores being game-winners. Keyser scored game-winning goals against Central Michigan, at No. 2 Connecticut and against Pacific. Her fourth goal was a 48th minute equalizer at No. 14 Michigan.

Danielson was named Coach of the Year for the fourth straight season after leading Stanford to its best regular season in program history, including its sixth consecutive NorPac regular season title and a No. 3 ranking – the highest in program history.

The Cardinal is 81-23 (.779) overall under Danielson and 26-2 (.929) in regular-season NorPac play over the past five seasons.

— Stanford Athletics

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