Stanford faces off against Iona
The Cardinal's top-ranked defense will be on display
Top-ranked Stanford travels to Ann Arbor, Mich. to open up play at the 2011 National Collegiate Championship, opening the national-title tournament Friday against No. 8 seed Iona.
Iona (26-7), the MAAC champion, enters this weekend's National Collegiate Championship as the eighth seed, having earned the spot in the final eight with a 13-7 win over SCIAC champion Redlands in an NCAA Play-In game on May 7.
The Gaels, winners of 14 straight heading into Friday's contest, are led by the scoring of Maggie Wood (109 goals), Amy Olson (68) and MacKenzie Mone (66).
In the cage, Kathleen Link is averaging 9.67 saves per game.
Stanford enters this weekend's championship with the top defense in the nation, allowing just 4.73 goals per game. That figure is due largely to the play of its one-two goalkeeping punch of senior Amber Oland and sophomore Kate Baldoni. So far this season, Oland, Stanford's four-year No. 1, is making 7.71 saves per game and allowing just 4.98 goals a game, while Baldoni leads the conference with a 3.86 GAA and averages 7.31 goals per game.
Stanford goes for second NCAA title
Stanford will be the top seed for the second straight season at this weekend's National Collegiate Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich., and will be going for its second NCAA title. The Cardinal won its only title in 2002.
Stanford does hold the distinction of being the only school to make the National Collegiate Championship every year (2001-Present) since the NCAA first sponsored a women's water polo championship in 2001. Over its previous 10 appearances, the Cardinal has won one national title (2002), finished second on five occasions (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010) and taken third four times (2004, 2006, 2008-09).