ATLANTA – After leading Boise State from the fourth seed to the PNCLL championship, Broncos senior netminder Ethan Sepulveda is the MCLA Division I PEARL Goalie of the Week for the period ending May 1.
Boise was paired up with top-seeded Simon Fraser in the conference semifinals and thanks to the play of the Santa Ana, Calif., native, the Broncos pulled out a 12-11 victory. Sepulveda made 17 saves in the contest for a 60.7 save percentage.
In the championship game against Oregon, Sepulveda was special. In a game that went four overtimes, the senior made 18 saves, including a clutch one-on-one save in extra time to save the day for Boise State.
For the weekend, he stopped 35 shots while allowing 22 goals for a 61.4 save percentage. The Broncos have automatically qualified for the 2022 MCLA National Championships presented by New Balance.
“Ethan has been the leader of our senior-heavy defense this year, with composure and a high lacrosse IQ,” said Boise State coach Adam Smith. “His ability to come up with big saves in clutch moments is unmatched, including in our regular-season overtime win against Oregon State, down the stretch against Simon Fraser in the semifinals and multiple in overtime against Oregon for the championship.”
For earning the PEARL’s Goalie of the Week, Sepulveda will receive a prize package from Guardian PEARL, a ball that lasts longer than the rest and never greases. Guardian PEARL is the proud partner of the MCLA.
Pearl Honor Roll
Tom Baquerizo, Sr. – Cal Poly
The MVP of the WCLL tournament, the San Rafael, Calif., native save 31 of the 49 shots that came his way over the weekend.
Hunter LeClair, Sr. – Virginia Tech
The Hokies rolled to the ALC title thanks to the play of the Manassas, Va., native. He finished with a combined 28 saves and 14 goals against (66.7 sv%).
Carter Schubert, Fr. – Texas Christian
The anchor of the LSA’s leading defensive, the Allen, Texas, product combined for 32 saves and just six goals (84.2 sv%).
Zachary Yorio, Sr. – Boston College
The Huntington, N.Y., native was rock solid as usual, guiding the Eagles to the CLC crown with a combined save percentage of 61.0.