Women's College Cup: Star-studded field descends on Orlando

The four teams at the 2017 Women's College Cup bring some of college soccer's most exciting young talent. Three players who have been in the U.S. senior national team camp. Two Canadian Olympic bronze-medalists. And arguably the most exciting freshman to enter college in the last decade.

Women's College Cup, Semifinals:
Stanford vs. South Carolina, 5 pm ET, ESPNU
UCLA vs. Duke, 7:30 pm ET, ESPNU

Paul Ratcliffe has led the Cardinal to seven Women's College Cups in the last 10 years -- it went to one final four before that -- and its first national championship in 2011.

Three to watch:
-- Andi Sullivan
, U.S. international recovered from knee surgery to have great senior season.
-- Tierna Davidson, Pac-12 Defender of the Year after early-season move from midfield to center back.
-- Catarina Macario, Brazilian-born freshman leads nation with 17 goals, 13 assists for 47 points.

Starting XI, last time out:
1 Alison Jahansouz JR Huntington Beach, Calif. (So Cal Blues)
9 Tegan McGrady JR San Jose, Calif. (MVLA)
15 Alana Cook JR Far Hills, N.J. (MatchFit)
7 Jay Boissiere SO Los Altos Hills, Calif. (MVLA)
23 Kiki Pickett FR Santa Barbara, Calif. (Eagles SC)
17 Andi Sullivan SR Lorton, Va. (McLean Youth)
10 Tierna Davidson SO Menlo Park, Calif. (De Anza Force)
11 Jordon DiBiasi JR Highlands Ranch Colo. (Colorado Rush)
12 Krya Carusa JR San Diego, Calif. (San Diego Surf)
20 Catarina Macario FR San Diego, Calif. (San Diego Surf)
26 Madison Haley FR Dallas, Texas (Dallas Texans)

South Carolina
Shelley Smith has led the Gamecocks to the NCAA Tournament in 10 of the last 11 years but this is the first time they have reached the College Cup.

Three to watch:

-- Grace Fisk, Penn State transfer earned first-team All-American honors as sophomore.
-- Lindsey Lane, All-region pick led South Carolina with goal and assist in quarterfinal win over Florida.
-- Savannah McCaskill, Holds Gamecock record with 17 game-winning goals and tied for first with 12 game-winning assists.

Starting XI, last time out:
0 Mikayla Krzeczowski SO Douglasville, Ga. (Concorde Fire)
2 Anna Conklin
SR Randolph, N.J. (PDA)
4 Jackie Schaefer FR Atlantic Beach, Fla. (Jacksonville FC)
18 Grace Fisk (Penn State) SO England
73 Lindsey Lane SR Lusby, Md. (Free State Elite)
23 Tatumn Milazzo SO Orland Park, Ill. (Eclipse Select)
22 Ryan Gareis FR Naperville, Ill. (Sockers FC)
12 Dominique Babbitt SR Holly Springs, N.C. (CASL)
6 Meaghan Carrigan (Richmond) SR Greenville, S.C. (Carolina Elite Soccer Acad.)
10 Elexa Bahr SO Buford, Ga. (GSA)
7 Savannah McCaskill SR Chapin, S.C. (Carolina Elite Soccer Acad.)

Amanda Cromwell returns to her old stomping grounds in Orlando, where she coached UCF for 14 years. Led the Bruins to first national title in her first season at Westwood in 2013.

Three to watch:
-- Jessie Fleming, Earned Olympic bronze medal with Canada in 2016.
-- Hallie Mace, Former defender leads Bruins with 15 goals and 33 points, career highs.
-- Ashley Sanchez, Set a new UCLA freshman record with 12 assists (four in postseason).

Starting XI, last time out:
20 Teagan Micah SO Australia
5 Kaiya McCullough SO Mission Viejo, Calif. (San Diego Surf)
8 Karina Rodriguez FR Torrance, Calif. (So Cal Blues)
15 MacKenzie Cerda SR Huntington Beach, Calif. (Slammers SC)
26 Zoey Goralski SO Naperville, Ill. (Team Chicago Acad.)
7 Anika Rodriguez SO Torrance, Calif. (So Cal Blues)
13 Viviana Villacorta FR Lawndale, Calif. (Santa Clarita Blue Heat)
14 Olivia Athens FR Atherton, Calif. (PSV Union)
21 Jessie Fleming SO Canada
16 Hailie Mace JR Ventura, Calif. (Eagles SC)
2 Ashley Sanchez FR Monrovia, Calif. (So Cal Blues)

Robbie Church was named ACC Coach of the Year for the second time in his 17-year career with the Blue Devils, becoming just the sixth coach in ACC history to earn the award multiple times.

Three to watch:
-- Imani Dorsey, ACC Offensive Player of the Year with 14 goals and 38 points.
-- Rebecca Quinn, Earned bronze medal with Canada at 2016 Rio Olympics.
-- Schuyler DeBree, 2017 ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

Starting XI, last time out:
30 EJ Proctor SR Wilson, N.C. (PGSA Stars)
2 Chelsea Burns JR Jacksonville, Fla. (Eclipse Select)
19 Schuyler DeBree SR Fair Haven, N.J. (PDA)
24 Morgan Reid SR Cary, N.C. (CASL)
31 Taylor Mitchell FR Tarzana, Calif. (Real So Cal)
4 Ashton Miller SR Okemos, Mich. (Michigan Hawks)
5 Rebecca Quinn SR Canada
7 Taylor Racioppi JR Ocean Township, N.J. (PDA)
12 Kayla McCoy JR Lincolnwood, Ill. (Eclipse Select/Sockers FC)
3 Imani Dorsey SR Elkridge, Md. (Maryland United)
17 Ella Stevens SO Grayson, Ga. (GSA)

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