BRIDGEPORT, PA -- Mary Elizabeth Ward (Fr., San Rafael, Calif./Marin Catholic) of the University of Washington tallied 10 goals, seven assists and four steals in a 4-0 weekend to earn the March 7 Women's Collegiate Club Northwest Division Player of the Week award.
Competing at the Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis, Ore., Ward pumped in five goals to key the Huskies past host Oregon State University during a 10-9 sudden death tournament opening victory. She found the back of the cage twice in overtime, including the golden goal in sudden death to power Washington to the win.
In addition, she helped the Huskies dispatch Washington State University (10-4 W), Western Washington University (10-6 W) and the University of Oregon "B" (12-6 W) to conclude the regular season with a 7-1 mark and clinch the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Northwest Division Championship on Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17, at Washington State in Pullman, Wash.
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"It's pretty amazing to watch a young player step up and completely take control of a game," head coach Rudy Ramirez said when describing what made Mary Elizabeth so special this past tournament. "During the Oregon State match, she [Ward] accepted the challenge despite the fatigue, the stress, and the pressure of a game going into overtime to secure the win. This is no accident. She is extremely dedicated and continues to work hard at every practice and every scrimmage in preparation for these opportunities. The best part is, it's always with a smile."
This mark's the second week in a row, that a University of Washington player has won the Northwest Division Player of the Week award. Last week, it was Danielle Flanagan (#4, Menlo Park, CA). Next up are the Northwest Division championships in Pullman, Washington, April 16th-17th. The Huskies have secured the #2 seed in the division with a 7-1 record.