Freshman Ariel Arcidiacono was named the WWPA's Newcomer of the Year. Teammates Shelby Schaefer and Kelcy Barott were also recognized.
April 22, 2013
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Colorado State water polo team earned a program-record four postseason honors Monday, as three different Rams were recognized by the Western Water Polo Association.
Freshman Ariel Arcidiacono earned one of the top awards, being chosen by the league’s eight coaches as the Newcomer of the Year. Joining Arcidiacono, senior Shelby Schaefer earned first-team honors, while Kelcy Barott was named an honorable mention. Additionally, Arcidiacono was also placed on the All-Freshman team.
“I’m really, really excited for these girls,” associate head coach Mike Moody said. “They’ve worked so hard and have pushed themselves and their teammates, and I’m really proud of them.”
Arcidiacono ranks No. 2 in CSU single-season history with 69 goals. She will likely become the program leader at this weekend’s WWPA Championships, needing four to solidify that position. Despite playing just one season for the Rams, she currently ranks No. 9 for career goals, and has scored in each contest of her collegiate career. She has scored six goals in a game twice, tying a program mark. The San Diego, Calif., native also has 31 assists (second on the team; eighth in the WWPA) 41 steals (second; ninth) and 23 ejections drawn (third; N/A). Her 69 goals rank fifth in the WWPA, making her one of five players to rank in the top 10 in goals, assists and steals.
“Being the Newcomer of the Year means so much to me,” Arcidiacono said. “I’m honored to have been chosen. I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without my team’s unconditional support. I worked really hard to get to where I am today, and I’m humbled to be given this award.”
It marks the third straight season a CSU player has been named to the All-Freshman team.
Schaefer becomes the second CSU player to ever be named to the first team, joining Ali Pavlik, who in 2011 was named to the WWPA first team and was a CWPA All-America honorable mention.
In three seasons with the Rams, Schaefer will leave as one of the most accomplished players in program history. The senior from Roseville, Calif., currently ranks among CSU’s top-7 in career goals, ejections drawn and total points, and recently became the school’s all-time assists leader, with 98. On the year, she ranks third in CSU history with 37 helpers, and in a win vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in February, her six were a program record. Her 55 goals rank seventh in the WWPA, and she has scored at least one goal in 17 straight games, and 35 of her last 36 dating back to last April.
“It’s definitely a huge honor,” Schaefer said of the first-team selection. “I wasn’t expecting it at all. I think it says a lot about the team. We faced a lot of adversity this season, but we still accomplished a lot and are having a strong season. It says a lot about the motivation and perseverance of these girls.”
Barott, who hails from Ypsilanti, Mich., smashed CSU’s single-season ejections drawn record this season, racking up 102 and counting. The previous record was 60, set in 2011. Despite being a sophomore, she ranks third all-time in career ejections drawn, and holds eight of CSU’s top-10 single-game drawn ejection marks. She also has 10 blocks and 31 steals, second and third, respectively, on the team, in addition to 37 goals, which ranks third. She was named to the WWPA All-Freshman team in 2012.
“It’s always an honor to be recognized in these types of situations,” Barott said. “I’m proud of all of my teammates—especially Shelby and Ariel—and I think anyone on the team could have been on this list, so I’m thankful.”
The four honors is a program record. The previous high was three, in 2009, 2011 and 2012. The Rams leave Wednesday for the WWPA Championships in Santa Clara, Calif. CSU, which tied a program best with the No. 4 seed, will face No. 5 Sonoma State in the quarterfinals. Action begins Friday at 12 p.m. MT.
Additional quotes from Moody:
Moody on Arcidiacono: “Ariel being the Newcomer of the Year is special because our program has never had that award before. She came in this season and has completely transformed our program. I’m excited for her future."
Moody on the state of the program: Our program is established. Last year and this year we’ve received top-20 votes, our team GPA and graduation rates are really good, we have one of the top strength of schedules in the country . . . I’m really proud of this group, and the impact they’ve had on CSU water polo.
First-Team WWPA All-Conference
Melissa Bartow (Center, JR) - UC San Diego
Alexandra Honny (Driver, JR) - Loyola Marymount
Sarah Lizotte (Utility, JR) - UC San Diego
Sara Hudyn (Utility, JR) - Cal State East Bay
Courtney Miller (Goalie, FR) - UC San Diego
Julia Peters (2-Meter, RS FR) - Santa Clara
Shelby Schaefer (Attacker, SR) - Colorado State
Second-Team WWPA All-Conference
Mackenzie Beck (Utility, SO) - Loyola Marymount
Jessica Morelos (2-Meter, SR) - Loyola Marymount
Claire Pierce (Utility, SR) - Cal State East Bay
Colette Reid (Attacker, SR) - Sonoma State
Misty Vu (Utility, SR) - Cal State San Bernardino
Jackie Walters (Center, SR) - Cal State Monterey Bay
Claire Wright (Goalie, FR) - Loyola Marymount
Honorable Mention WWPA All-Conference
Kelcy Barott (Center, SO) - Colorado State
Stephanie Clements (Goalie, SR) - Santa Clara
Claire Eadington (Driver, JR) - Santa Clara
Danielle Johnson (Utility, FR) - Loyola Marymount
Alison Norris (Utility, SR) - Santa Clara
Lindsey Rangel (Attack, SR) - Sonoma State
Alexis Wieseler (Defender, FR) - UC San Diego
WWPA All-Freshman Team
Ariel Arcidiacono (Utility) - Colorado State
Elizabeth Anderson (Utility) - Santa Clara
Ivana Castro (Driver) - Loyola Marymount
Noelle Herrera (Center) - Sonoma State
Jenn Lightbody (2-Meter) - Cal State East Bay
Danielle Johnson (Utility) - Loyola Marymount
Courtney Miller (Goalie) - UC San Diego
Alexis Wieseler (Defender) - UC San Diego
Player of the Year: Sarah Lizotte (Utility, JR) - UC San Diego
Newcomer of the Year: Ariel Arcidiacono (Utility, FR) - Colorado State
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