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Warshaw matures in new role at Stanford

Stanford star Bobby Warshaw has an interest in politics dating back to his childhood. "I could tell you about the Cuban missile crisis when I was 8 years old," he explained to the San Francisco Chronicle's Tom Fitzgerald. (Warshaw's mother, Shirley, is a political science professor at Gettysburg College.) Warshaw didn't always show a politician's knack for consensus-building, though. He admits he rubbed teammates the wrong way and wasn't always liked. "As I've gotten older and matured, I've learned how to harness it. When I first got to Stanford, it wasn't as accepted my freshman and sophomore years. Grating. Definitely, that's the kind of guy I am." Warshaw started out as a forward but has blossomed as a center back this season, leading the Cardinal to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002.

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