Oct. 13, 2010
BRIDGEPORT, PA – Johns Hopkins sophomore Ross Schofield (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) and freshman Steven Kingery (Moraga, CA/Campolindo) have earned Southern Division Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors respectively, from the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA). Facing No. 19 Navy in conference play at home before trekking to California to face Division III No. 1 Pomona-Pitzer, No. 2 Redlands, No. 3 Whittier and No. 6 Chapman at the Claremont Convergence, the Blue Jays went 2-3 with all three losses coming by just one goal.
Schofield led the Blue Jays with 11 goals in five matches to earn the October 11 Southern Division Player of the Week award. Kingery registered four goals, four assists and 14 steals in addition to going nine-for-12 on sprints to earn the October 11 Southern Division Rookie of the Week award.
Against Navy in a 14-13 loss on October 6 at home, Schofield scored the Blue Jays' first four goals en route to a match and career-high six goals. His six tallies fell one shy of the school single-game record. In addition, he added three steals and two ejections drawn as JHU fell to 1-2 in the Southern Division-East Region to maintain the squad's third place position. Following the game versus Navy, the Blue Jays hit the road to the Claremont Convergence in which Hopkins downed Chapman (10-6 W) and Whittier (7-5 W), but fell to Redlands (7-6 L) and Pomona-Pitzer (9-8 L).
Against Chapman and Whittier, Schofield combined for four goals, one assist and one steal. Versus Redlands, he contributed a goal and two steals with an ejection drawn, before closing out the week with an assist and a steal against Pomona-Pitzer. His selection marks Hopkins first Player of the Week nod since October 26, 2009 when Peter Sauerhoff garnered the award and the fourth in two seasons for the Blue Jays. Prior to Sauerhoff, Jeremy Selbst (Old Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) and Kyle Gertridge picked up the award last season on September 21 and September 14, respectively.
Against Navy, Kingery scored on his only shot of the game and added a steal in a 14-13 loss to the Midshipmen. At the Claremont Convergence tournament, he aided the Blue Jays in going 2-2 against top-ranked Division III opponents. Against Chapman, he notched an assist and a steal to open the Blue Jays' West Coast swing. He dished out two assists, grabbed four steals and went four-for-four on sprints versus Whittier, before tacking on a goal and an assist with six steals and a two-for-four performance in sprints against Redlands. He wrapped up the weekend with two goals and two steals with a three-for-four performance in sprints versus Pomona-Pitzer. It marks Hopkins first Rookie of the Week honor of the season and sixth in the past two years as the Blue Jays garnered five ROW awards during the 2009 season.
Hopkins returns to action this weekend as the team travels to Lewisburg, PA on Friday to face Bucknell at 8:00 pm. The Blue Jays will then visit the Princeton Tigers for a 1:00 pm match on Saturday.