Jamie Carey Played with Heart
Sophomore Jamie Carey, who had one of the finest frosh seasons in Stanford history last year, has hung up her basketball jersey because of recurring concussions. She tearfully announced her retirement at a November 7 news conference at Maples Pavilion. "It's hard, because you're playing with your heart, and you're playing with your life, but it was a decision that had to be made," she said. Coach Tara VanDerveer said she had experienced tremendous highs in her career, but had "never felt any lower." Carey, last season's Pac-10 freshman of the year, suffered her first concussion in the seventh grade. A minor collision on October 19 caused a concussion that required extensive medical tests and ultimately sidelined her.
Six Big Game Wins in a Row
Fullback Casey Moore, '02, caught a 25-yard touchdown pass on Stanford's second play in overtime as the Cardinal beat UC-Berkeley 36-30 on November 18 in the 103rd Big Game. Quarterback Randy Fasani, '01, threw three TD passes as Stanford beat Cal for the sixth straight year, matching the longest winning streak in the rivalry's history. Before the final snap of the final game of the year, Fasani called a play that hadn't been used since last season. He found his receiver wide open, and Moore scored without a defender in sight.
Field Hockey Coach Wins 10th Conference Title
With a 2-0 victory over UC-Berkeley, the women's field hockey team won the Northern Pacific Conference championship in November, bringing home the 10th conference title for head coach Sheryl Johnson, MA '81. Captain Michelle Scott, the only senior on the team, was named NorPac Player of the Year despite missing part of the season with an injury. Representing the West at the NCAA tournament that same month, the Cardinal women made it to the "sweet sixteen" round of the finals -- a "great" finale, said Johnson.
'Good, Hard Run' for Cross-Country Teams
Stanford's nationally ranked cross-country teams had a strong showing at the NCAA championships in November, where the women placed third and the men finished fourth. "If you look at both programs, there's no team that's stayed more consistent than we have over the year," coach Vin Lananna said. "This is our fifth straight year since 1996 of winning a trophy [for placing in the top five spots]. Regardless of the conditions and circumstances, the kids tend to come through." In October, the men won the Pac-10 championships in Seattle, and the women claimed their fifth consecutive Pac-10 title. "Our goal . . . wasn't to be fancy or cutesy," Lananna said in Seattle. "We just wanted a good, hard run."