Three Blue Jays Named to ACWPC All-America Teams
Feb. 22, 2012
BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins water polo team placed three players on the 2011 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-America (ACWPC) Teams as announced by Monday afternoon. Junior Ross Schofield was named to the first team, while classmate Alex Whittam earned second team honors. Freshman goalie Danny Ovelar was named to the honorable mention team.
The Blue Jays have now produced 43 All-Americans since 1992 and this marks the eighth time, and fourth consecutive, that Hopkins has had at least three players earn All-America honors in the same season. Whittam becomes just the fourth player in program history to earn All-America honors at least three times. Schofield's selection to the first team this season marks the 13th straight year that Hopkins has had a player earn First Team All-American honors. Ovelar is just the second freshman netminder to earn All-America accolades, joining Mitch Williams who was named to the honorable mention team in 2004.
Whittam, a first team selection in 2010 and a second team honoree in 2009, was tied for the team lead in goals this season with Schofield (72). He also doled out a school-record 55 assists and now has a program-best 125 assists in his career. Whittam finished with 54 steals, good for third on the team, while he drew 57 ejections, good for second, and had 13 blocks. Schofield and Whittam tied for seventh in school history this season with their 72 goals. Whittam now ranks seventh in career goals (176), while Schofield is ninth (164). Whittam notched 13 hat tricks, including four five-goal outings, and had at least one point in all but one game this season. He is a three-time CWPA All-South honoree, the 2010 CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Year and a 2010 CWPA All-East selection.
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