Oct. 31, 2007
WOODLAND, Calif. - Sophomore goalkeeper Chay Lapin captured Mikasa Co-MPSF Player of the Week accolades for the week of Oct. 22-28, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) announced Monday. Lapin recorded a career-high 15 saves to lead UCLA past USC, 9-5, Sunday afternoon at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.
Lapin shared the weekly honor with UC Santa Barbara sophomore Zsombor Vincze.
Lapin's effort in the cage was a major factor in USC suffering its first defeat of the 2007 campaign and its worst loss since 1997. Lapin, who hails from nearby Long Beach, Calif., allowed just five goals on 24 attempts and thwarted both of the Trojans' two-meter penalty shots.
The game's four-goal margin marked the most lopsided win by either crosstown rival since USC defeated UCLA, 11-7, on Sept. 20, 1998. The Bruins last downed the Trojans by four or more goals in 1989.
Lapin becomes the second Bruin to earn Mikasa MPSF Player of the Week honors. Sophomore Scott Davidson was named Player of the Week after having scored five goals in a 12-11 sudden-victory overtime win against UC Irvine on Saturday, Sept. 22.