Five Bears Named to All-North Team
May 1, 2007
Providence, RI - It was something old and something new for the Brown women's water polo team's representation on the 2007 CWPA All-North team, as two seniors and all three of the team's freshmen were named to the squad. Senior Elizabeth Balassone (Los Altos, CA) and freshman Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) were named to First Team All-North, while senior Caitlin Fahey (Bellevue, WA) and freshmen Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) and Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) made the Second Team. The honors come after Balassone and Fahey were named First and Second Team All-East last weekend, respectively.
Balassone, the team's starting center forward, was second on the team with 53 goals in 31 games this season. She was also second in ejections drawn with 39. She saved arguably her best weekend of the season for last, as she led the Bears with eight goals en route to a fifth-place finish at the Eastern Championship this past weekend. She was named the Northern Division Player of the Week on March 26 after scoring 10 goals and drawing eight ejections in four games at the Aztec Invitational.
Glick was third on the team with 46 goals and led the Bears with 34 assists in 33 games, but was particularly strong during the CWPA regular season, leading the Bears with 13 goals and 12 assists in 7 games. She began her promising rookie campaign strong, and was named the Northern Division Player of the Week on Feb. 27 when she scored three goals against then-#13 Hartwick. She was also named First Team All-Tournament at the ECAC Championship after scoring seven goals in three games.
Arguably the most dominant two-meter defender in the Northeast, Fahey's contributions did not always show up in the stat sheet. Still, she was sixth on the team with 31 goals in as many games, and was the team leader by far with 54 steals, also posting a team-high five blocks in the field. On March 7, she was named the Northern Division Player of the Week for her performance at the ECAC Championship. A Second Team All-Tournament honoree at the event, Fahey had four goals, five assists, four steals and three ejections drawn in three games.
Presant led the Bears in goals with 57 in 33 games, was second in steals with 39 and third with 35 ejections drawn. One of the Bears' two main sprint swimmers, she finished with a 31-30 record in the quarter-opening sprints. She led the Bears with 12 goals in four games at the Northern Division Championship, where the team finished in second to Hartwick, which also won Easterns and will be seeded sixth at the NCAA Championship.
Laing played every minute in goal for the Bears, posting a .534 save percentage and 6.81 goals against average. She proved her mettle particularly well on five-meter penalty shots, on which she routinely made saves despite having almost no time to react. On March 22, she was named the Northern Division Player of the Wee after a dominant performance in her hometown at the University of Michigan's Wolverine Invitational. That weekend, the Bears beat both Indiana and Michigan, the first time in at least four years they'd beaten either. For that week, she had 56 saves, a .622 save percentage, and a 5.67 goals against average in six games.