Felix Mercado Again Named Coach of the Year, Three Bears Named All-North
April 25, 2008
Ann Arbor, MI - At Friday night's CWPA Eastern Championship Banquet, Brown Head Coach Felix Mercado and players Alexis Blaxberg (Pinecrest, FL), Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA), and Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) were honored with All-Northern Division recognition. Mercado, in his first season coaching a women's varsity program, was named Coach of the Year. The three players were all named First Team All-North.
Mercado has led the Brown women to a #20 national ranking 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. After a 1-8 start to the season, Mercado got the Bears peaking in the final stretch of the season, ripping off a 9-2 stretch entering this weekend's Eastern Championship, including key wins over Maryland and then-#20 Bucknell.
Mercado won his second men's Northern Division Coach of the Year award this fall, after leading the Brown men to a #20 ranking and a 20-11 record despite having no on-campus pool. He won the same award the previous fall at MIT, also being named Division III Coach of the Year. As the head coach of MIT's club women's team last spring, he was named the North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year, meaning he has won his conference's Coach of the Year Award each of the past four seasons.
Blaxberg earned her first All-North honor in her senior season, during which she stepped up to lead the young Bears squad. Entering the weekend, she was second on the team with 60 goals and 28 assists, and third with 88 points. She is also second on the team with 36 kick-outs drawn and third with 33 steals. Not coincidentally, her best play has come during the team's recent hot streak, while her 20 goals, 11 steals, and 20 kick-outs drawn in Conference play were all team highs.
Sophomores Glick and Presant are both receiving their second All-North commendations. Glick, a First-Teamer last season as well, led the team with 122 points, 66 assists, and 40 steals entering the weekend. She generally runs the Brown offense, finding the open player from her position off to the side of the goal. She was named Northern Division Player of the Week on March 18, tallying four goals, three assists, and three steals, two ejections drawn in a win over Harvard.
Presant is the Bears' top goal-scorer, with 79 markers entering the weekend. Her 95 points are second on the team. She is a two-time Player of the Week this season, winning the honor back-to-back on March 31 and April 7, scoring 29 goals in an eight-game stretch.
The All-Northern Division First Team was dominated by the division's top two teams, Brown and #14 Hartwick. The other four members of the squad are all Hawks - Kirsten Hudson (who was named Player of the Year), Ellen Sevigny, Megan Dahl-Smith, and goalie Jessica Dorman. Hartwick's Jessica McKee was named Rookie of the Year.