Oct. 14, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale sophomore goalkeeper Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.), who took over the NCAA lead in save percentage this past weekend, was named Ivy League Player of the Week Tuesday. Bolling took over the top spot at .838 after making a career-high 15 saves Sunday afternoon against No. 4 North Carolina. She also leads the Ivy League in saves per game (8.14) and has a 2.09 goals-against average.
Bolling's rise is all the more impressive given that she spent all of last season as a backup, not playing in a single game, and began this season in a backup role as well. She made her varsity debut in relief in the season opener at Providence, then earned her first career start Sept. 28 against Lock Haven. She now has 39 saves in her last three games, including two double-digit efforts against top-five teams. By playing 70 minutes against UNC Sunday she finally reached the minimum amount of minutes played to qualify for the national leaders. She has a 14 percentage-point lead over Penn State's Jenn Beaumont.
Bolling is the first Bulldog to receive the Ivy League Player of the Week award this season.
Bolling captained the Ann Arbor Pioneer field hockey team as a senior and won state titles in 2005 and 2006. Her brother, Michael, is a senior punter for the Cornell football team.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity