Ryan Nelsen Pac-10 Player Of The Year; Bobby Clark Coach Of The Year
Nov. 14, 2000
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Stanford senior midfielder Ryan Nelsen was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and Bobby Clark earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. In all, 12 Cardinal players were placed on All-Conference teams, including a league-high five on the First Team.
Sophomore defender Todd Dunivant, senior midfielder Scott Leber, junior defender Lee Morrison and senior goalkeeper Adam Zapala joined Nelsen on the First Team. Junior defender Aaron Biddle and senior forward Corey Woolfolk were named to the Second Team, while sophomore forward Roger Levesque, sophomore forward Johanes Maliza, senior forward Luke Rust, junior midfielder Derek Shanahan and senior midfielder Sean Sylvis garnered Honorable Mention accolades.
Nelsen, a senior from Christchurch, New Zealand, has helped Stanford to a 16-2-1 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Captain of the 2000 New Zealand Olympic Team, Nelsen ranks sixth on the team in points (12) and is tied for sixth in goals (4). He was named to four all-tournament teams this season, garnering Defensive MVP honors at the Dartmouth Classic. His efforts have helped the Cardinal maintain the nation's stingiest defense (0.40 GAA) while leading the nation with a .737 shutout percentage. Nelsen, a Stanford tri-captain, has started all 19 games this season.
In his fifth season on The Farm, Clark has guided Stanford to its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and a school record-tying 16 regular-season victories. The Cardinal has compiled a 16-2-1 overall record (6-2-0 Pac-10) this season, and enters the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed. Clark has posted a 69-20-12 (.743) record at Stanford, while his overall career mark stands at 151-62-25 (.687) over 13-plus seasons. Clark achieved his 150th career victory with a 1-0 overtime win over Indiana on Nov. 4, 2000.
Stanford faces Cal State Fullerton in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 18 at New Maloney Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.