Stanford freshman attacker Catarina Macario was named ESPNW Women's Soccer Player of the Year, as announced Tuesday by the organization.
"What separates her is her technical ability but also her brain for the game," said 15th-year coach Paul Ratcliffe, who has coached five National Players of the Year. "She's a very intelligent player, and then she's a good athlete as well. The amount of goals she has scored is difficult to do for a senior, let alone a freshman. That's truly remarkable."
Macario was named Pac-12 Forward of the Year, Freshman of the Year and to the All-Pac-12 first team after leading the league in every offensive category during the regular season.
She is Stanford's sixth national player of the year honoree, joining Julie Foudy (1991 Soccer America Player of the Year), Kelley O'Hara (2009 Hermann Trophy winner), Christen Press (2010 Hermann Trophy winner), Lindsay Taylor (2011 Soccer America Player of the Year) and Teresa Noyola (2011 Hermann Trophy winner).
In postseason play, Macario has three goals and three assists, including a goal and two helpers in Stanford's opening-round win over Utah Valley. In the second minute of Stanford's 4-0 quarterfinal win over Penn State, Macario netted a phenomenal 25-yard free kick, her third such strike of the season.
She scored at least once in each of the Cardinal's first seven games, with assists in each of the last four during that span. Over her last nine games, she has eight goals and six assists, including two spectacular goals against Oregon (Oct. 19) and an equally impressive free kick during a 3-1 win at No. 5 USC (Oct. 29).
Entering the College Cup, Macario's 47 points ties with Taylor (2011) for fifth on the all-time single-season list. Her 17 goals passes Sarah Rafanelli (1992), Press (2008) and Taylor (2008) for fifth on the single-season list, while her 13 assists ties Marcie Ward (2002), Foudy (1992) and O'Hara (2009) for fourth. Her 128 shots sit fourth on the all-time list, passing Chioma Ugogagu (2014) and Taylor (2011) in the win over Penn State.
Stanford opens the College Cup on Friday when it takes on South Carolina at 2 p.m. on ESPNU.
In related news, midfielder Andi Sullivan, defender Tierna Davidson and forward Macario are among 15 collegiate players named Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy semifinalists announced Tuesday.
It is the second season in a row and fifth time in program history Stanford has had multiple players named semifinalists for the Hermann Trophy, annually awarded to the best collegiate soccer player in the country.
It is the third straight year Sullivan has been named a semifinalist and the first for sophomore Davidson and freshman Macario. Last season, Sullivan and senior defender Maddie Bauer were named semifinalists, with Sullivan being named a finalist.
Stanford is one of four schools with multiple names on the list, joining College Cup opponents Duke, South Carolina and UCLA.
The Cardinal is the only program, men or women, with three semifinalists, and the only school with multiple players on both the men's and women's lists – seniors Foster Langsdorf and Tomas Hilliard-Arce were named semifinalist for Stanford's two-time defending national champion men's program.
Also, Kyra Carusa, Davidson, Macario and Sullivan were named United Soccer Coaches All-Pacific Region, as announced Tuesday by the organization.
Davidson, Macario and Sullivan, who are each MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalists, were named to the first team, and Carusa earned a place on the second team.