The criteria are as follows: Each academic year, The Bootleg's Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student- athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational. While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents. Finally, these honorees' performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed "Spirit of Stanford."
The Bootleg honors our second 2011 Honor Roll winner Christen Press, walking refutation of the saying that numbers don't tell the entire story. Sure, there's more to Press as a soccer player (and, we presume, as a person) than her stats, but the stats do tell a mighty compelling tale.
Press, a 2011 graduate, leaves the Farm with school records for career points (183), goals (71), assists (41), and shots (500), i.e. just about every meaningful non-goalie stat in the sport. This past season, Press set a school record with 180 shots and led the nation with 60 points, while her 26 goals led the nation and tied a school record to boot.
Press has come through in clutch situations too. Last year, she struck a 24-yard extra time winner in the national semifinal, and this year, she scored a school-record 10 game winners. That Stanford has made the NCAA Finals the last two seasons isn't entirely coincidence either, as Press has made the NCAA All-Tournament team three years running for her stellar play.
Over the last four seasons, Stanford ran up a 67-0-1 record in games in which Press scored. Stanford didn't lose a single regular season game Press' junior or senior years.
Award committees certainly noticed Press' senior season. Most impressively, she won the Hermann Trophy, keeping soccer's Heisman Trophy on the Farm after Kelley O'Hara won it in 2009. Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer also named Press their National Player of the Year, and Press was a unanimous first-team All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Press graduates with a degree in communications, and she received honors for her academic performance as well. She was the Pac-10's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's soccer, keeping that award too on the Farm after Ali Riley's 2009 victory, and first-team ESPN Academic All-American and Academic All-Pac-10.
Press should have a bright soccer future ahead of her as well. She was the No. 4 pick this past January in the Women's Professional Soccer draft, and started getting national team experience as early as the summer after her sophomore year. Wherever she goes, The Bootleg wishes Christen Press, the second member of our 2011 Honor Roll, the best of luck.
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