The Cardinal are 6-0-1 and have shown no trouble in maintaining the form that has taken them to consecutive national championship matches over the past two seasons.
Friday's game was a rematch of last year's NCAA title bout, with Stanford gaining a measure of revenge in besting the Fighting Irish in a lightning-delayed contest, 2-1. The Tar Heels drop only as far as No. 2. If we're to see Carolina and Stanford face off this year it would have to be in the NCAA Tournament.
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1. Stanford, 6-0-1 (overall)
2. North Carolina, 5-1-0
3. UCLA, 6-0-1
4. Florida State, 7-1-0
5. Maryland 6-0-2
For the rest: Women's Tournament 64 college rankings