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Four-Time Division III Champion Camels Honored for Their Academic Excellence by ACWPC

Four-Time Division III Champion Camels Honored for Their Academic Excellence by ACWPC

NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College women's water polo team has been honored by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) for its academic excellence.

The Camels and Brown University were tied for sixth in the nation with a 3.41 grade point average.

In addition to the team accolade, 11 members of the squad were honored for their athletic and academic performance on the CWPA women's varsity scholar athlete team. The individual honors are broken down in three categories: Outstanding (3.71-4.0 GPA); Superior (3.41-3.7 GPA); and Excellent (3.2-3.4 GPA). 

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete's head coach must be a member of the ACWPC, while the athlete must attain a grade point average (GPA) in excess of 3.20.  Teams must achieve a 3.0 GPA to garner honors.

Senior CWPA First Team All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-American Kelsey Millward (Baie-D'Urfe, Quebec) was honored as an Outstanding Performer.  Millward, the 2016 CWPA Division III Regular and Post-Season, MVP, graduated as the program's all-time leading scorer with 256 goals scored. During commencement weekend, Millward was honored as the co-recipient of the Anita L. DeFrantz '74 Award with her teammate, NCAA All-American Swimmer Sam Pierce. This accolade is given annually to the male and female members of the graduating class whose athletic ability, leadership and sportsmanship best exemplify the qualities of Olympic medalist Anita L. DeFrantz '74.

Pierce was one of seven Camels honored as a Superior Academic Performer. Pierce, a 2016 NCAA All-American Swimmer and CSCAA Scholar All-American, rejoined the team after the Swimming season wrapped up. Her return to the program seemed to galvanize the Camels as they made their push to win their fourth consecutive CWPA Division III Crown this spring. Pierce scored 17 goals down the stretch. In the Championship match against Washington & Jefferson, Pierce exploded with five goals as the Camels erased a 6-4 second quarter deficit in a 13-9 triumph against Washington & Jefferson College April 17. Pierce was honored for her efforts on the CWPA Division III All-Tournament Team.

Three of the seven Camels awarded as Superior Academic Performers, Abbey Wrobleski (Saline, Mich. & Honolulu, Hawaii,), junior Sarah Sovia (Pottstown, Pa.) and sophomore April Anderson (Mill Valley, Calif.) were recognized as CWPA Honorable Mention All-Americans in May.

A three-year captain and leader for Connecticut College, Wrobleski earned CWPA All-Division III Conference honors in a productive senior campaign for the Camels. She tallied 71 goals, 76 assists, 80 steals, 14 earned ejections and nine blocks over the course of her prolific playing career. Wrobleski has been recognized as a Superior Academic Performer on the CWPA Scholar Athlete Team while also being honored on the NESCAC All-Academic Team in each of her three seasons of eligibility.

A dedicated and caring member of the community, Wrobleksi has volunteered in the emergency room at the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London. She received her degree in biology while also earning a minor in applied statistics.

Sovia was one of the unsung heroes for the Camels this spring. She made 214 saves in her first full season as the starting goaltender in the cage for the Camels. Sovia was recognized with the CWPA Division III Defensive Player of the Week accolade on three separate occasions this spring. She made eight saves in the CWPA Division III Championship match against Washington & Jefferson.

Anderson enjoyed a breakout season of her own in a productive sophomore campaign, garnering CWPA All-Division III Conference honors for the Camels. She scored 24 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 13-8 victory against Grove City College at Penn State-Behrend April 2.  On the third of April, 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.

Junior Brianna Harrity (Jeffersonville, Pa.), sophomore Sophia Soriano (Summerland, Calif.) and Camel rookie Peri Hummel (Middlebury, Conn.) were all honored as Superior Academic performers for Head Coach Matt Anderson's squad.

Harrity earned second team All-CWPA Division III Conference accolades in what proved to be her most productive season for the Camels.  A Dean's Honors Student carrying a major in economics and Hispanic Studies along with a minor in statistics, Harrity accounted for 32 goals along with a team-best 24 assists, adding 15 steals and a pair of earned ejections this spring. Harrity has been honored on the CWPA Scholar Athlete Team in each of her three seasons of action for Connecticut College. She will be graduating in the fall of 2016.
Soriano provided some offensive punch with her 20 goals scored this season. She has tallied 31 goals, six assists and nine steals in her first two seasons with the program.  Hummel gained experience in her first year with the program, contributing key minutes for the four-time Division III Champion Camels.
Senior Annie Speranza (Hopkinton, Mass.), sophomore Paige Cackovic (New Albany, Ohio) and first-year Camel Ashley Fitch (Deerfield, Mass.) were recognized as Excellent Academic Performers.
Speranza recorded 17 saves as the back-up keeper for Sovia.  She had 13 stops to lead the Camels in an 8-6 triumph against Utica March 12.  Cackovic chipped in with five goals, one assist and three saves as a key contributor in her junior campaign.  Fitch scored three goals while assisting on two others in her first year with the program.