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NCAA Path Unveiled

Apr 25, 2022

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford (22-2, 5-1 MPSF) has been awarded the No. 1 seed for the upcoming NCAA Championship, scheduled for May 6-8 at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Extending its streak as the nation's only program to have participated at every NCAA Championship since the event's inception in 2001, Stanford is seeking its eighth NCAA title in school history and first since defeating USC in 2019.

The Cardinal, which has advanced to 10 of the last 11 NCAA finals, also captured national championships in 2017, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011 and 2002.

The NCAA Championship field features nine teams, with the top seven having been placed directly in the bracket and the remaining two teams competing for the final berth in the single-elimination tournament.

Stanford's postseason journey begins Friday, May 6, against the winner of Wagner (34-3, 16-0 MAAC) and Salem (18-16, 6-0 WWPA). 

Stanford secured the MPSF's automatic bid with an 11-9 victory over USC on Sunday, erasing a fourth-quarter deficit to capture its sixth conference title in school history but first since 2014. Ranked No. 1 in the country for five consecutive weeks earlier this season, Stanford proved to be the MPSF's most consistent team, collecting two wins over USC, sweeping three meetings against UCLA and defeating California on Senior Day in the regular-season finale.

The Cardinal enters NCAA competition riding an eight-match winning streak while boasting a stingy defense, holding every opponent during that same stretch to less than 10 goals.

Stanford also produced a 14-0 record away from home this season (6-0 away, 8-0 neutral). Four of those matches were played in Ann Arbor, as Stanford enjoyed an unbeaten run at the Michigan Invitational back on Jan. 29-30 to open the season, including a 14-5 victory over host Michigan.