March 22, 2007

Stephanie Laing Named CWPA Northern Division Player of the Week

March 22, 2007

Brown freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Laing made the most of her trip home to Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend, backstopping the Bears' women's water polo team (8-3) to their first wins in at least four years over Indiana (8-4) and #17 Michigan (9-8) at the Wolverine Invitational. Following that performance, the first-year was named the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Varsity Division Player of the Week, and her team earned a ranking of 19th in the latest national Top 20 poll.

Earlier in the week, Laing stopped 11 shots as Brown moved to 1-1 in the Northern Division with an 8-3 defeat of Harvard. She had six saves in each of Brown's first two games in Ann Arbor, an 11-2 win over Slippery Rock and an 11-6 loss to #11 Loyola Marymount, but finished the tournament with double-digit saves in the final three games, including the wins over Indiana and Michigan and a 6-5 loss to California Baptist. In six games over the course of the week, Laing had 56 saves, posting a .622 save percentage and 5.67 goals-against average.

Laing is the third Brown player to earn Player of the Week status this season. Freshman Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) and senior Caitlin Fahey (Bellevue, WA) earned the honor on February 26 and March 5, respectively. The Bears' ranking of 19th is their highest this season; they were ranked 20th in the preseason and for a time during the season. They also moved up one spot to third in the CWPA Top 10 Poll, leapfrogging #18 Princeton but still behind #13 Hartwick and #17 Michigan.