With undefeated league records, Stanford and Liberty claimed their respective NorPac divisions as the regular season concluded Sunday afternoon. With their titles, the Cardinal (17-1, 4-0 NorPac West) and Lady Flames (11-7, 4-0 NorPac East) secure the top seeds and first-round byes for the 2014 NorPac Championships to be held Nov. 6-8 at the University of the Pacific.
Guided by fifth-year coach Tara Danielson, Stanford has had a record-breaking season as it earned a sixth consecutive West Division regular season title. The Cardinal entered the final week of the regular season ranked a program and league-record third in both the NCAA RPI and NFHCA Coaches Poll.
Under the direction of fourth-year head coach Jodi Murphy, Liberty garnered its third straight East Division regular season crown including a back-to-back undefeated seasons. The Lady Flames season has included wins over nationally-ranked and ACC opponents, Wake Forest and Louisville.
Rounding out the seedings for the six-team tournament, Pacific (6-12, 1-3 East) and California (7-9, 2-2 West) are the No. 2 seeds, and Appalachian State (5-14, 1-3 East) and UC Davis (4-13, 0-4 West) are the respective No. 3 seeds. The Tigers and Mountaineers tied for second place in the East. Pacific won the tiebreaker for the second seed courtesy of goal differential in their two head-to-head matchups.
Tournament play at Pacific Field Hockey Turf opens on Thursday, Nov 6 with two games. In the opener, California (2W) takes on Appalachian State (3E) at 11:00 a.m. followed by host Pacific (2E) versus UC Davis (3W) at 1:30 p.m.
The winners of those contests move on to the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 7. At 11:30 a.m. Liberty (1E) faces off against either California (2W) or Appalachian State (3E). At 2:00 p.m., Stanford (1W) will play either Pacific (2E) or UC Davis (3W). Prior to those contests, a consolation game will be played at 9:00 a.m.
The championship match is slated for 1:30 pm on Saturday, Nov. 8, which will be preceded by the third place game at 10:30 a.m. You can follow all the action on the tournament central page, including live video and live stats for all seven contests.