Nov. 2, 2009
WOODLAND, Calif. - Senior goalkeeper Chay Lapin earned MPSF Mikasa Co-Player of the Week honors for the week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) announced Monday. Lapin registered 26 saves in two wins last weekend, including a career-high 21 stops at Long Beach State on Sunday.
Lapin's 21-save effort marks the highest single-game saves total by any MPSF goalkeeper in 2009. He previously had totaled a career-high 15 saves in three matches - vs. USC (Oct. 28, 2007), vs. Long Beach State (Oct. 4, 2008) and vs. Loyola Marymount (Oct. 9, 2008).
Lapin secured his third MPSF Mikasa Player of the Week honors. He had previously been honored once as a junior (Oct. 6, 2008) and once his sophomore season (Oct. 29, 2008). Lapin shares the weekly honor with Stanford's Jacob Smith, who scored five goals in a 13-8 win against No. 9 UC Santa Barbara.
Entering this weekend's showdown against No. 1 USC, Lapin has totaled 150 saves this season. The native of Long Beach, Calif., has posted a 4.19 goals against average in 21 matches.
Lapin has collected 664 career saves, just 16 shy of third place on the school's all-time list (Dan Hackett, 680), 31 away from second place (Matt Swanson, 695) and 36 behind Brandon Brooks' record of 700 career stops.
No. 4 UCLA returns to action versus No. 1 USC at the Bruins' Spieker Aquatics Center on Saturday, Nov. 7. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.