April 25, 2009
Providence, RI - At Friday night's CWPA Eastern Championship banquet, Head Coach Felix Mercado and five players received recognition. Mercado, in his second season coaching a women's varsity program, was named Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, while junior Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) was named the MVP of the Northern Division and also earned First Team All-North honors as well. Junior Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) and junior Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) also received First Team All-North accolades, while Katherine Stanton (Danville, CA) and Joanna Wohlmuth (Manhattan Beach, CA) earned a spot on the Second Team.
Mercado has led the Brown women's water polo team to a #20 national ranking and a 22-14 record this season despite having no pool to host games in. The team has had the benefit of the temporary pool in the Aquatics Bubble, but its two "home" games were played at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. Mercado led the Bears to a second place finish in the CWPA, and also helped lead the Bears to a thrilling 8-7 overtime win against Hartwick, breaking its 92 game win streak in Northern Division play.
Presant and Glick both received their third All-North commendations and have played a huge role in Bruno's success this season. Glick and Presant have been a constant force on Brown's attack, as Glick earned CWPA Northern Division Player of the Week honors three times this season, and has scored 82 goals, handed out 67 assists and has drawn 41 ejections. Presant, a two-time Northern Division Player of the Week, leads Brown in goals with 98, has handed out 19 assists and 45 drawn ejections.
Laing has anchored Brown's defense all season, compiling a 19-14 record this year. She has recorded 274 saves this year and has a .516 save percentage. In the Eastern Championships this weekend, Laing totaled 25 saves in two games, and also gave a huge performance in the cage for the Bears in their victory over Hartwick on April 3. Earning second team All-North honors were Stanton and Wohlmuth. Stanton helped the Bears with 21 goals and 16 assists this season, as Wohlmuth has enjoyed a successful sophomore campaign with a team-high 70 drawn ejections, 32 goals and nine assists.