Stevens is the third freshmen to earn Rookie of the week accolades (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Colin Woolway and freshman Dan Stevens have both earned weekly awards from the Collegiate Water Polo Association, the league announced Wednesday. Woolway was honored as the Northern Division Defensive Player of the Week, while Stevens took home Northern Division Rookie of the Week honors. It is the fifth weekly award for Woolway and the first honor for Stevens.
The Crimson earned its first ever CWPA Northern Division regular season title, sweeping CWPA foes, No. 16 St. Francis, Iona and Fordham at Blodgett Pool Nov. 2-3. Harvard posted a perfect 6-0 record at its home venue so far.
Woolway registered 19 saves in two CWPA wins Nov. 2 to earn the award. In a defensive battle, the Pasadena, Calif., native stopped 10 shots to lift Harvard past No. 16 St. Francis, 8-7, marking the first time the Crimson has defeated the Terriers twice in a single season since 2002. The goalie registered another nine saves as Harvard cruised past Iona, 18-15. The sophomore now has 177 saves on the season.
Stevens found the back of the net in all three of Harvard's games this weekend. The rookie buried two goals and registered an assist and two steals as Harvard defeated St. Francis. In the second game of the day, Harvard took on Iona, the only team to have beaten the Crimson in conference play and
In the next game, Harvard faced Iona, the lone team to have beaten the Crimson in conference play this season. The Newport Beach, Calif., native recorded his third hat trick of the season. In the final game of the regular season, Stevens tallied another two goals as Harvard cruised past Fordham, 9-5. The rookie has contributed 28 goals, 13 assists and 40 steals.
Harvard will serve as the host for the CWPA Northern Championships this weekend. The top-seeded Crimson will face the winner of game one between MIT and Iona on Saturday Nov. 9 at 4:30 p.m.