Colton Highlights No. 9 Men’s Water Polo’s Postseason Awards

Colton Highlights No. 9 Men’s Water Polo’s Postseason Awards

The Crimson was recognized for its accomplishments this season at the NCAA Final Four Banquet (ISIPhotos.com).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
– In Harvard men's water polo's most successful season since the program was established 36 years ago, numerous Crimson were recognized for postseason accomplishments from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Northeast Water Polo Conference and the coaching staff. Senior captain Joey Colton highlighted the awards as he was named to the 2016 NCAA Men's Water Polo All-Tournament second team and was selected as the team MVP.

Colton was instrumental to Harvard's historic campaign, and he was selected by the NCAA to the Men's Water Polo All-Tournament second team for his play during the NCAA Championship. Colton recorded a hat trick in a 16-15 victory over No. 9 UC Davis in the play-in round, and tallied an assist against No. 1 USC in the Final Four.

The senior was also recognized by the Harvard coaching staff and his teammates at the team banquet as he was named the Most Valuable Player. Colton finished his final campaign in Crimson with 43 goals, a team-high 76 assists and 26 steals as he was chosen to the NWPC first team during the regular season.

The Crimson also recognized senior Dan Stevens, junior Harry Tafur and freshman Austin Sechrest with team awards. Stevens was given the Coaches' Award after making the switch to two-meter defender at the beginning of the year and for his overall attitude and work ethic throughout the season. The senior was named to the NWPC first team and ended his senior season with 33 goals, 22 assists and 14 steals.

Tafur, a junior captain, earned the Most Improved Award at the team banquet. Tafur was instrumental to Harvard's late-season success, including scoring the game-winning goal in sudden-death overtime against then-No. 12 Bucknell in the NCAA Championship play-in game. He totaled 24 goals, 45 assists and 13 steals on the year.

Sechrest was selected as the Rookie of the Year for his accomplishments during his freshman campaign. Sechrest showed that he could have an impact on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, notching 35 goals, 21 assists and 43 steals. His 43 swipes ranked second among the team.

The Crimson also swept the NWPC Weekly awards for the week of Nov. 29 after defeating then-No. 12 Bucknell, 13-12, in sudden-death overtime. Stevens was named the NWPC Player of the Week after leading Harvard with a hat trick and two assists. Sophomore goaltender Anthony Ridgley earned his third NWPC Defensive Player of the Week award this season with 13 saves and three steals, and freshman Charlie Owens collected his first conference award as he was selected Rookie of the Week after tallying a score against the Bison.