Nov. 2, 2011
USAFA, Colo. - Air Force sophomore Josh Stedman has been named the KAP7 Western Water Polo Association Player of the Week, announced this afternoon by the league.
Stedman, a native of Brea, Calif., led the Falcons with nine goals in two games against then-19th-ranked St. Francis this past weekend, including a career-high eight scores in the Falcons' narrow 11-10 loss to the Terriers on Saturday. With Air Force trailing, 9-4, going into the final period, Stedman scored five of his eight goals in the fourth quarter to lead the Falcons' comeback attempt, including a goal with just one second remaining in the contest.
Stedman's eight goals against the Terriers were the most in a single game for a Falcon in the past seven seasons (previous high in that span was Bobby Geiger's six goals versus Redlands in 2009). Stedman, who recorded a team-high three steals on the weekend, also scored a goal in the Falcons' 9-8 victory over St. Francis on Sunday.
Stedman becomes the first Falcon to receive WWPA Player of the Week recognition since October 2009, when David Ostrom earned the honor.