Coaches Pick Stanford to Finish Second in the Pac-10
Aug. 18, 2004
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford finished second in the pre-season Pac-10 coaches' poll behind defending conference champion UCLA. The Cardinal picked up 67 points with two first-place votes, while the Bruins snagged the top slot with 75 points and seven first-place votes.Stanford finished the 2003 campaign with a 10-9-2 record, including a 5-3-1 mark in conference play to tie for the No. 3 ranking with USC. UCLA captured the conference crown with an 8-0-1 record, while Arizona State took the second spot with a 6-2-1 mark.The Cardinal returns seven starters from last season, including senior co-captain Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown), who owns the school record for career goals-against average (.457) heading into her final season. Although injury kept Marcie Ward (Alamo, Calif./Carondelet) off the field in 2003, Stanford returns Ward as the second senior co-captain, who has 34 goals and 38 assists in her career.The Cardinal kicks off the season on Fri., Aug. 27 when the Utah Utes visit Maloney Field at 7 p.m. Pac-10 play opens on Oct. 10, when Stanford travels to Berkeley to face off against cross-bay rival California at 1 p.m.
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