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The success of ‘The Mob’: How Stanford’s senior class has thrived

Four years ago, when players from the Stanford University women’s soccer team’s now senior class stepped foot on campus, they quickly garnered a reputation of always being together, whether that be grabbing food, walking to class, or during down time. If you found one of the freshmen, you were likely to find the others. Their Cardinal teammates quickly dubbed them, “The Mob” for their propensity to go everywhere and anywhere together.

The other Stanford women’s soccer classes assumed that once classes started, the then-freshman’s social circles would expand and that attachment between the Class of 2019 cohorts would dissipate a bit. They even joked about having a pool predicting when that would happen. If that betting pool had been real, all of its entrants would have lost.

As the class embarks on its final NCAA Tournament, that bond remains intact between defenders Alana Cook and Tegan McGrady, midfielders Jordan DiBiasi and Michelle Xiao, and forward Averie Collins. And while the same character traits like humility, work ethic and commitment are likely to be listed no matter who you talk to about from The Mob, it’s an eclectic group. For starters, they come from a variety of backgrounds, with members hailing from California, the Midwest and one from New Jersey.

“We always joke that all of classes are all from California and we’re kind a really diverse group, which is also maybe why we’ve been so successful” Collins told The Equalizer. “We bring so many different perspectives, different ways to view things and work together to make it the best possible combination. We are all very different in our own ways but somehow work together really well.”

Speaking to each member of The Mob, a similar list of traits emerges for each.

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