Four Bulldogs Claim ACWPC All-America Honors for 2011 Season
The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPA) announced its 2011 class of All-Americans on Wednesday, with the University of Redlands men's program garnering four nods. Starring for the Maroon and Gray, senior driver Jeff Parsons (Newark, CA) and senior center Blake vanHartesvelt (Mercer Island, WA) earned First-Team accolades, while senior driver Shane Anderson (Riverside, CA) and sophomore driver Clint Freeman (Brentwood, CA) earned honorable mention. All four U of R student-athletes collected their inaugural All-American selection with these awards.
The squad's go-to scorer, vanHartesvelt registered a team-high 60 goals but also led the Bulldogs with 16 field blocks. In addition, UR's lone Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) First-Team member chipped in 39 ejections drawn, 20 steals and nine assists.
Parsons wrapped up his Redlands career on a high note by adding this All-America plaudit to several other awards from 2011-12. The veteran driver placed among the team's top three in goals (38), steals (25) and ejections drawn (34) en route to All-Conference and All-WWPA Tournament recognition.
After supplying a well-rounded effort as a versatile driver, Anderson nabs his first piece of hardware in his final season. He tallied 32 goals and dished out 26 assists, to go along with 29 steals, 12 field blocks and eight ejections drawn.
One of the Bulldogs' top sprinters on the swim team, Freeman excelled in his second season with the water polo program, recording 47 netters while leading the crew with 16 6-on-5 goals. Additionally, he posted 18 assists, 21 steals, 32 ejections drawn and 12 field blocks.
Overall, Redlands finished out the 2011 campaign with a 17-20 overall record while going 7-3 in conference play.
For a complete list of the ACWPC All-America list visit http://www.collegewaterpolocoach.org/uploads/4/8/6/0/4860444/2011_acwpc_mens_all-american_teams.pdf.