It’s no surprise this year that Stanford University took home some major silverware- the only thing surprising is just how many awards they took home. The Cardinals earned 5 individual awards- the same amount of goals they scored against Wisconsin (sorry Rose Lavelle fans). They collected those awards along with 11 of their players selected to the All Pac-12 teams. Catarina Macario, Andi Sullivan, Tierna Davidson, Catarina Macario again, and Paul Ratcliffe all won Forward or the Year, Midfielder of the Year, Defender of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Coach of the Year respectively. So let’s dive in and take a closer look at the performances behind the awards.
Winning Freshman of the Year and Forward of the Year is an impressive feat, but well deserved for Catarina Macario. Macario has had an outstanding season, making some giant impacts in some giant games as only a freshman. She’s had 14 goals, 10 assists, 38 points, 101 shots, and 4 game winning goals this season, and she still has the post season to look forward to. It hasn’t been an average year for Macario, who deserves the two awards she received, along with being named to the All-Pac-12 First Team.
Andi Sullivan leaves Stanford the same way she entered- being an ultimate leader in the midfield. Sullivan picked up the honors of Midfielder of the Year, appearing in 17 games and netting 1 goal with 6 assists. During this year, Sullivan has also been called into the United States Women’s National Team camp a handful of times, finding her form in the country’s midfield. She joins teammate Macario on the All-Pac-12 First Team.
Finally, Tierna Davidson being named Defender of the Year is no surprise to anyone that’s been watching this player. Davidson played nearly every minute of the season, starting the last 16 games as a solid centre back. In those last 16 games the Cardinals only allowed 3 goals, and Stanford went 788:28 minutes without conceding a single goal. Davidson is no stranger to attacking though, as the sophomore found the back of the net twice and earned 4 assists. She also joins her two other teammates on the All-Pac-12 First Team.
Not only did these three players earn phenomenal awards for their work, but Stanford had several other players named to All-Pac-12 Teams. Alana Cook was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team, Jaye Boissiere, Kyra Carusa, Jordan DiBiasi, Tegan McGrady, and Michelle Xiao were all named to the All-Pac-12 Second team, with Civana Kuhlmann, Catarina Macario, and Kiki Pickett being named to the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team. Stanford is going into the NCAA Championship with heads held high, winning their first game of the post season 9-1 against Utah Valley. If they continue this style of play with these explosive players, they might just be coming back to Stanford to add another trophy to their cabinet.