UCLA, which reached the national semifinals in 2006, has been tabbed as the favorite to win the 2007 Pac-10 women's title by the Conference's coaches.
The Bruins, who are looking to
become the first team to win five consecutive Pac-10 titles, received 75 points, including five first-place votes. Stanford and California earned the remaining first-place votes with three and
The UCLA women return nine starters from last season's team that advanced to the College Cup for the fourth year in a row, not to mention 2005 leading scorer Kara Lang
, who missed 2006 with a knee injury. The Bruins return their top three scorers from last year -- Lauren Cheney
(19 goals, 1 assist), Danesha Adams
(12g, 4a) and Christina DiMartino
(5g, 7a). This trio accounted for over half of
UCLA's scoring total in 2006.
In addition to the vast talent returning, the Bruins also picked up the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, led by Parade All-Americans Lauren Barnes
, Kylie Wright
and Sarah Salazar
. UCLA is looking to become the first
school to win five consecutive Pac-10 titles.
Stanford finished second in the poll, garnering 72 points, six ahead of third-place California, which received 66 points. PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL:
1. UCLA (5) 75
2. Stanford (3) 72
3. California (2) 66
4. USC 58
6. Washington State 35
7. Arizona State 32
8. Arizona 29
9. Washington 27
State 9 (First-place votes in parentheses.)