Stanford Sweeps Conference Awards
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — In a vote by the Conference coaches, STANFORD forward Lindsay Taylor has been named Pac-12 Player of the Year, Stanford forward Chioma Ubogagu has been named Freshman of the Year and Cardinal head coach Paul Ratcliffe has been named Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Wednesday.
Pac-12 Player of the Year: Lindsay Taylor, Stanford
Taylor, a native of Los Altos, Calif., is Stanford's seventh player all-time and the third-straight to be named Conference Player of the Year. The senior finished her final regular season as the Pac-12 leader in goals (17) and points (38), anchoring the nation's third-most productive offense. She was the NSCAA National Player of the Week in mid-September, the same week she earned her second of two career Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. Taylor is also a three-time All-Conference honoree, and is part of the senior class that has a regular-season record of 75-1-1 and never lost a match at home.
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year: Chioma Ubogagu, Stanford
Ubogagu wasted no time getting comfortable with the Cardinal, producing eight goals and nine assists in her first regular season. The Coppell, Texas, native is in the Pac-12's top five in six statistical categories, including the second-highest mark for assists, sitting behind teammate Teresa Noyola. Ubogagu was named Pac-12 Player of the Week in October after scoring two goals against then-No. 3 UCLA.
Pac-12 Coach of the Year: Paul Ratcliffe, Stanford
Three is a magic number for Ratcliffe: He has been voted the Conference's top coach for the third straight year after putting together three consecutive undefeated regular seasons, making this year's squad the third team in history to do so. He also led the Cardinal to its third Conference championship in three years. The two-time national coach of the year boasts a 152-35-19 (.738) record in his nine years with the program, including a staggering 89-4-4 (.918) since 2008. Stanford finished as NCAA runners-up in 2009 and 2010 and has never missed the postseason under Ratcliffe's watch.