Women's soccer "drafts" 11-year-old Melinda Ortega onto team and helps her battle serious illness
Women's soccer, women's basketball, women's tennis capture BIG EAST titles in 2014-15
No. 13/7 DePaul travels north to take on No. 9/12 Wisconsin on Saturday night
Ben is Rookie of the Year; Wyatt and Pitman All-BIG EAST First Team; Gorden, Ben, Reed on second team, Endy, Edwards, Ben All-Rookie
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Sarah Stanczyk joined the DePaul women's soccer staff as an assistant coach on Feb. 10, 2014 after working as a volunteer assistant coach at Michigan for two seasons and helping the Wolverines record a combined record of 34-9-4 with an NCAA Quarterfinals and NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.She helped guide the Blue Demons on a record-breaking ride in 2014 with a program-best 16-1-4 overall record that was the fifth-best winning percentage in the country. DePaul set a school record with a 20-game undefeated streak, and by the end of the regular season was one of only two programs (No. 1 UCLA) to remain unbeaten. The Blue Demons attained their highest national ranking when Soccer America ranked them at No. 7.
DePaul's high-powered attack was No. 21 in the nation in assists, No. 29 in points and No. 34 in scoring offense on the way to winning its first BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles. Seven players were named to the All-BIG EAST Team led by BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Alexa Ben and first-team selections Rachel Pitman and Elise Wyatt. Ben, Sarah Gorden, Alex Godinez and Most Outstanding Player Amber Paul were chosen for the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team. DePaul advanced to its second-straight NCAA tournament, falling 2-0 at Wisconsin.
The Blue Demons led the BIG EAST in scoring offense, fewest goals allowed and goals-against average (GAA) while finishing second in assists and points. Their 130 points was the second-highest single season total in school history while the 44 goals and 42 assists were also second in program history. Head coach Erin Chastain, associate head coach Michele O'Brien and assistant coach Sarah Stanczyk were honored as the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.
A native of Grosse Pointe, Mich., Stanczyk played for Michigan in the 2009 and 2010 seasons after beginning her collegiate playing career at Connecticut. Primarily a defender, Stanczyk played in 37 matches (35 starts) during her two years, scoring one goal and recording an assist.
She was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2010, and two-time recipient of the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award. Stanczyk graduated with a degree in brain behavior and cognitive science. She has a master's degree in exercise physiology/sports psychology from Eastern Michigan.
After graduating from Michigan, Stanczyk played semipro soccer with Indiana FC before injuries ended her career. She has volunteered at various Michigan summer camps, and coached with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School.
At Grosse Pointe South High School, Stanczyk was a three-time All-State, All-Region and All-Conference selection, and the MAC-Red Conference MVP in 2007. The three-time Grosse Point South captain also played club soccer with the Bloomfield Force '89 Premier (2001-08), and was a member of the Michigan state ODP '89 team (2003-07) and Region II ODP team pool (2003-04).
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