WATER POLO: Indiana’s Matthews Named CWPA Rookie of the Year

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) released their 2015 All-Conference teams on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Indiana freshman Kelly Matthews, junior Candyce Schroeder, senior Rebecca Gerrity, and senior Colleen McNaught received All-CWPA team selections. In addition, Matthews received the CWPA Rookie of the Year award.

Matthews netted 73 goals and served 24 assists in her debut season with the Hoosiers. Matthews led all Hoosiers in scoring in the 2015 season, scoring three or more goals in 14 of her 34 appearances. In addition to a Second Team All-CWPA selection and the CWPA Rookie of the Year award, Matthews’ first year accolades include three consecutive CWPA Rookie of the Week honors (April 6, April 13, April 20) and the All-CWPA Tournament Rookie of the Year Award.

Matthews joins former IU players and fellow Canadian nationals Jacqueline Kohli (2009) and Shae Fournier (2011) as Indiana’s third recipient of the CWPA Rookie of the Year award.

Schroeder scored 56 goals and served 27 assists for the Hoosiers in 2015. She adds her 2015 All-CWPA second team selection to a 2014 All-CWPA second team selection, a CWPA Player of the Week honor (February 2, 2015), and a selection to the 2015 All-CWPA Tournament first team. Schroeder (108 career goals, 52 career assists) will be the top-returning scorer for the Hoosiers in the 2015-16 season.

Gerrity received honorable mention All-CWPA honors after posting 40 goals and 35 assists in 2015. In three seasons with the Cream & Crimson, Gerrity scored 120 goals and served 68 assists. This is Gerrity’s third consecutive All-CWPA selection after receiving second team honors in 2013 and first team honors in 2014, in addition to her first team All-CWPA Tournament selection in 2014. Gerrity was also the CWPA Player of the Week for the week of February 9, 2015.

McNaught added her honorable mention All-CWPA selection to an historic season for the senior attacker. McNaught scored 42 goals this season and served 77 assists, a single-season IU record. Furthermore, McNaught twice posted a school record for single-game assists with eight, against Michigan (April 4) and at Princeton (April 10). OnFebruary 21 against Cal State Monterey Bay, McNaught broke the school record for career assists. McNaught finished her four-year career with 147 goals (eighth in IU history) and 210 assists (school record).

This is McNaught’s third All-CWPA selection, adding to her second team All-CWPA selections in 2012 and 2013.

2015 All-CWPA Team

Player of the Year: Ashleigh Johnson (Princeton University)
Coach of the Year: Ted Minnis (Harvard University)
Rookie of the Year: Kelly Matthews (Indiana University)

First Team All-CWPA

Ashleigh Johnson (GK) Princeton University
Ashley Hatcher Princeton University
Jessie Holechek Princeton University
Yoshi Andersen Harvard University
Hannah Sunday Bucknell University
Shannon Crowley Brown University
Alexandra Thomason University of Michigan

 

Second Team All-CWPA

Marisol Dakan (GK) Brown University
Kelly Matthews Indiana University
Candyce Schroeder Indiana University
Jacqueline Bywater George Washington University
Zsofia Polak Hartwick College
Charlotte Hendrix Harvard University
Allison Skaggs University of Michigan

 

Honorable Mention All-CWPA

Ariel Dukes (GK) Harvard University
Julia Campbell (GK) University of Michigan
Caroline Anderson University of Michigan
Brittany Tait Hartwick College
Lara Dendy Young Hartwick College
Rebecca Gerrity Indiana University
Colleen McNaught Indiana University
Scarlett Hallahan George Washington University
Melissa Balding Harvard University
Kennedy Watson Mercyhurst University
Gina-Bella Mata’afa Notre Dame College

Swim News Courtesy: Indiana Athletics

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