NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College senior Kelsey Millward (Baie D'Urfe, Quebec) has been honored as the Most Valuable Player of the Collegiate Water Polo Association Division III Conference.
In addition to Millward's first team selection, three Camels earned second team recognition from the CWPA. Senior Abbey Wrobleski (Honolulu, Hawaii), junior Brianna Harrity (Jeffersonville, Pa.) and sophomore April Anderson (Mill Valley, Calif.) were all named to the squad.
Millward has been the go to player for the Camels all season long. The senior All-American exploded with 67 goal, 16 assists, 33 earned ejections and eight steals to lead the Camels to a 12-6 record.
Millward is a Scholar of the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA), a member of the History and Political Science National Honors Societies (Phi Alpha Theta and Phi Sigma Alpha) and has been recognized on the CWPA Outstanding Scholar Athlete Team. She is a senior admissions fellow at the College and has contributed to the local community as an intern at an immigration advocacy and support center in New London. A Dean's Honors student, Millward will receive her degree in International Relations and history.
"Kelsey is very deserving of this award," Connecticut College Head Men's and Women's Water Polo Coach Matt Anderson said. "She has done all and then some this year! I'm glad that the other coaches feel the same way. She has been a terrific leader the last two years and does so much for us!"
A three-year captain and leader for the program, Wrobleski has tallied 68 goals, 76 assists, 80 steals and five earned ejections over the course of her prolific playing career. Wrobleski has been recognized as a Superior Academic Performer on the CWPA Scholar Athlete Team. A dedicated citizen and caring member of the community, Wrobleksi has volunteered in the emergency room at the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital. She will receive her degree in biology and is also carrying a minor in applied statistics.
"I couldn't be happier for Abbey," Coach Anderson said. "The ones that do the little things usually are passed over. She plays defense, controls the ball and plays for her teammates. She does the things that may not be glorious--but are needed for a team to win."
A Dean's Honors Student carrying a major in economics and Hispanic Studies along with a minor in statistics, Harrity has accounted for 50 goals, 61 assists, 55 steals and seven earned ejections in three years of action for the Camels. Harrity has been honored on the CWPA Scholar Athlete Team in each of the past two years. She will be graduating in the fall of 2016.
"Bri has had a great year," Anderson asserted. "She has risen to the occasion of being an offensive threat while needing to be able to be a passer as well. This year has been a breakthrough for her!"
Anderson enjoyed a breakout season of her own in a productive sophomore campaign. She scored 18 goals and assisted on six others, adding eight steals, three earned ejections and two saves in the cage as one of the top defenders in the conference. Anderson netted two goals with one assist in a recent 13-8 victory against Grove City College at Penn State-Behrend April 2. On the 3rd, she had two goals, two pilfers, one assist and one earned ejection to lead the Camels past the Lions of Penn State-Behrend in a 10-8 win.
"April is an outstanding two meter defender," Coach Anderson said. "She is able to control the area around her to our advantage and it allows us to play with more confidence on defense. She has a great shot and is willing to use it when needed."
The reigning Division III Champion Camels will begin their title defense tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. with a match up against the Macalester College Scots in Lott Natatorium.