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Five former Stanford players headed to Women's World Cup

 

Five former Stanford soccer players have made the final rosters for the Women's World Cup, which will be played in Canada beginning June 6.

In addition to the United States national team's Kelley O'Hara ('10) and Christen Press ('11), the Cardinal will be represented by New Zealand's Ali Riley ('10) plus Mexico's Alina Garciamendez ('13) and Teresa Noyola ('12), the former Palo Alto High standout.

The rosters became official on Monday and Stanford's streak of representatives in the World Cup extends to seven such tournaments. Julie Foudy ('930 was the first, as an undergraduate in 1991. The total increases to eight, with Press making her first appearance.

This will be Riley's third World Cup, and the second for O'Hara, Garciamendez, and Noyola. All five were members of the Stanford's NCAA runner-up team in 2009.

The U.S. will play in four-team Group D along with Australia, Nigeria, and Sweden. The U.S opens the tournament on June 8 against Australia in Winnipeg.

New Zealand plays in Group A with Canada, China, and the Netherlands. The Football Ferns open with June 6 in Edmonton against the Netherlands in the nightcap to the tournament-opening doubleheader at Commonwealth Stadium.

Mexico plays in Group F with Colombia, England, and France. El Tri opens June 9 against Colombia in Moncton.

Rowing

The last regatta of the 2015 season has arrived and the No. 14 Stanford men's team will compete in two events at the IRA National Championships Friday through Sunday on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

The varsity eight is one of 24 crews in the field. The Cardinal will race in the third of four heats on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. Joining them in the heat are No. 3 Yale, No. 6 Brown, No. 11 Penn, No. 19 Syracuse and No. 22 George Washington.

Stanford's top boat strung together four straight victories midway through the season. They have faced some of the top competition, including the top two teams, Cal and Washington, who were both ranked No. 1 at the time.

Sophomore coxswain Ardsley Sanders will guide the boat that includes seniors Kaess Smit and Scott Roycroft along with four sophomores and two freshmen. The young boat has been building steam over the last couple of weeks of practice.

"We are the youngest boat in the field by far," said head coach Craig Amerkhanian. "Age does count, experience does count. We are in a group of 10 crews that are within two seconds of each other."

The varsity four will race in the final heat of four at 11:48 a.m. on Friday. Stanford will race against Temple, Boston University, Yale, Navy and Syracuse.

This will be the first time the Cardinal has raced in a four since the fall season at the Head of the American. Making the Stanford four is junior coxswain Nathalie Weiss, junior Landon Alecxih, sophomores Peter Wood and Erik Holmvik and freshman Will Spencer.

Softball

Stanford's Kayla Bonstrom was named an NFCA Second Team All-American at first base, as announced by the organization Wednesday.

Bonstrom becomes the 16th All-American in Stanford history and is the 12th Cardinal player to be selected to either the first or second team. Stanford's 16 All-Americans have combined for 31 honors all-time.

Bonstrom is the first Stanford player to earn All-America recognition since Jenna Rich ('12) was named to the third team in 2012 and the first Cardinal player to be named to the second team since Ashley Hansen ('12) in 2009.

The national accolade comes after Bonstrom earned All-West Region First Team honors at first base two weeks ago -- the second all-region award of her career and the first as a member of the first-team. She was a second-team honoree as a freshman in 2013.

Bonstrom was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team, claiming the third all-conference honor of her career and second first-team selection.

Bonstrom had a tremendous season and set the Stanford single-season slugging percentage record at .806, becoming the first Cardinal player to break the .800 mark in program history. She finished in the top-11 in multiple single-season categories in Stanford history including: batting average (5th, .439), home runs (T-5th, 13), RBI (T-7th, 54), doubles (11th, 16) and fielding percentage (T-2nd, .997). She was solid defensively, committing just one error in 381 chances.

— Stanford Athletics

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