Stanford University

Preseason No. 1 –

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford will begin the 2017 season as the nation’s No. 1 team. The Cardinal collected 98 points to top the 2017 Preseason Women’s Varsity National Top 25, which was released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association on Friday.
USC is second with 97 points, UCLA third with 93 points, Cal fourth with 86 points and Arizona State fifth with 81 points. Hawaii (79 points), Michigan (78 points), UC Irvine (76 points), UC Santa Barbara (65 points) and UC San Diego (63 points) round out the top 10.
Stanford finished 23-6 overall a season ago, its 12th straight campaign with more than 20 wins, and advanced to its seventh consecutive NCAA title game.
The Cardinal was ultimately was unable to collect its third straight national championship, but will have an experienced roster with a wealth of firepower as it looks to reclaim the crown in 2017. Stanford returns seven of its nine 20-goal scorers from a year ago, including All-Americans Jamie Neushul, Jordan Raney, Kat Klass and Dani Jackovich, along with All-American goalkeeper Julia Hermann.
Added to that group are a pair of Olympians in Maggie Steffens and Makenzie Fischer. Steffens, who was the 2015 ACWPC Player of the Year in her most recent collegiate season, returns to The Farm after collecting MVP honors in Rio and captaining the United States to its second straight Olympic gold. Joining her is the freshman Fischer, who deferred her enrollment at Stanford one year and logged seven goals for Team USA at the Olympics.
Goalkeeper Gabby Stone, a two-time All-American, is also back for her senior season with the Cardinal after taking off the 2016 campaign to train with the United States Women’s Senior National Team.
The Cardinal opens its season at the Lou Strong Invitational hosted by San Jose State at West Valley College Jan. 14-15. Stanford plays the Spartans (9:30 a.m.) and UC Davis (2 p.m.) on Saturday, Jan. 14 and has an exhibition with UCLA on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 8 a.m.

2017 Preseason Women’s Varsity National Top 25
Rank School Points
1 Stanford 98
2 USC 97
3 UCLA 93
4 California 86
5 Arizona State 81
6 Hawaii 79
7 Michigan 78
8 UC Irvine 76
9 UC Santa Barbara 65
10 UC San Diego 63
11 Long Beach State 52
12 Pacific 51
12 Princeton 51
14 San Jose State 50
15 San Diego State 47
16 Indiana 44
17 UC Davis 40
18 Hartwick 33
19 Harvard 27
20 Wagner 25
21 Loyola Marymount 18
22 Bucknell 17
23 CSUN 13
24 Cal Baptist 12
25 CSU Bakersfield 3

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