KEEP AN EYE ON THESE WOMEN

Alyssa Lo
Stanford
Senior
Driver

Key Notes:
• Third on the team with 42 goals in 2011
• Earned All-MPSF honorable mention
• Named second team All-American

Dana Ochsner
California
Junior
Two-Meters

Key Notes:
• Was a 2011 second-team All-American and second-team All-MPSF
• Scored 36 goals in 31 matches as a sophomore in 2011

Kiki Golden
Michigan
Junior
Attacker

Key Notes:
• All-America honorable mention selection in 2011
• Ranked second all-time in steals (78) by a freshman and third on the single-season list
 

Caitlin Dement
UCLA
Senior
Goalkeeper

Key Notes:
• Enters her senior season having recorded 447 career saves
• Ranks fifth on UCLA's career saves list
• Named third team All-American last season

 Patricia Jancso
Southern Cal
Junior
Two-Meters

Key Notes:
• Was USC's top scorer with 45 goals as a sophomore
 • Named a Second Team All-American and earned All-MPSF Honorable Mention.
 

KEEP AN EYE ON THESE SQUADS

Stanford Cardinal

Noting Stanford: Stanford starts the season ranked No. 1 in the CWPA Varsity Top 20 Poll and are the preseason favorite to capture the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title. The Cardnial looks to make a run for a second consecutive NCAA crown. Yet the Cardinal of 2012 will feature new looks from last year's championship team. Taking on leadership roles this year is a senior class composed of second-team All-American Alyssa Lo (42 goals in 2011), All-MPSF selection Pallavi Menon (34 goals), Cassie Churnside (19 goals) and two-meter defender Monica Coughlan (six goals).

California Golden Bears

Noting Cal: After an impressive 2011 campaign in which the Golden Bears won the  MPSF tournament and finished as the national runners-up, the 2012 California team starts the season ranked No. 2. Cal will be without standout Emily Csikos this season as she is currently training with the Canadian National Team for the 2012 London Olympics. Returning however will be junior two-meter Dana Ochsner, who was tabbed a 2011 second-team All-American, junior Breda Voster a third-team All-American and sophomore Ashley Young who was an honorable mention All-American.

UCLA Bruins

Noting UCLA: Brandon Brooks is entering his third season as coach of the Bruins. He needs to replace some leadership from last season’s team that finished third in the NCAA tournament. The Bruins lost eight seniors, including leading goal-scorer and All-NCAA Tournament first-team selection Priscilla Orozco, All-NCAA Tournament second-team selection defender Kelly Easterday and third-leading goal scorer Grace Reynolds. UCLA’s returning starters include KK Clark, Emily Greenwood, Brooke Martin and Sarah Orozco.

TOP CONTESTS TO FOLLOW
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Jan. 28 -- 12:05 p.m. ET: No.7 Arizona State Sun Devils vs. No. 6 UC Irvine Anteaters in UCSB Tournament

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Feb. 4 -- 7:30 p.m. ET: No.9 Hawaii Rainbows vs. No. 2 California Golden Bears

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Feb. 5 – 11 a.m. ET: No. 5 San Jose State Spartans vs. No. 1 Stanford Cardinal in Stanford Invitational

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Feb. 23 -- 8 p.m. ET: No.9 Hawaii Rainbows vs. No. T3 USC Trojans

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March 3 – 4 p.m. ET: No. T3 UCLA Bruins at No. T3 USC Trojans

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March 31 – 12 p.m. ET: No. 10 Indiana Hoosiers vs No. 12 Michigan Wolverines

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April 1 – 4 p.m. ET: No.8 San Diego State Aztecs vs. No. T3 USC Trojans

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April 14 – 7 p.m. ET: No. 2 California Golden Bears at No. 1 Stanford Cardinal

 

All photos courtesy of respective school athletic departments.