Santa Clara, Calif.- Five Santa Clara women's water polo players have been selected by conference coaches to the All-Conference WWPA team named on Monday. Freshman Julia Peters (San Jose, Calif./ Presentation) was one of two freshmen to make First-Team WWPA All-Conference, while seniors Stephanie Clements (San Carlos, Calif./ Sacred Heart Prep) and Alison Norris (Saratoga, Calif./ Saratoga) and junior Claire Eadington (Corona Del Mar, Calif./ Corona Del Mar) were named Honorable Mention All-Conference. Elizabeth Anderson (Palo Alto, Calif., Gunn) was named to the WWPA All-Freshman Team.
"It is great to have five players earn All-WWPA honors," said Bronco head coach Keith Wilbur. "More than anything, I think it is a reflection on how our team did during the regular season. We went 5-2 in conference games and finished with the No. 3 seed. That was big improvement from last year, and I think other coaches in our conference recognized this when voting."
Peters has had one of the most memorable freshman seasons in recent memory at Santa Clara. Peters leads the team in goals (44) and earned ejections (57) while sharing the team lead with 40 steals on the season. Her 57 earned ejections already places her 8th all-time in Santa Clara history.
"I am really happy to see Julia have such a strong season after coming back from a medical red-shirt year as a freshman," said Wilbur. "Julia is a very talented player, and she has a great understanding of the game. She is an impact player, and I am glad the conference recognized her as first team All-WWPA. In my 11 years here, this is the first time we have ever had a freshman or red-shirt freshman make first team all conference."
Clements adds an All-Conference Honorable Mention award to her resume as a senior. Clements blocked 175 shots during the regular season while making 20 steals. Clements will likely finish third all-time in blocks in Santa Clara history.
After being named to the All-Conference Freshman team three years ago, Norris was selected All- Conference Honorable Mention for the first time in her career. Norris tallied 29 goals during the regular season while adding 17 assists, 15 steals and earning 15 ejections. She was also third on the team in KO assists.
The 2012 WWPA Freshman Newcomer of the Year, Claire Eadington was the third Bronco to be named to the WWPA All Conference Honorable Mention list. Eadington did it all for the Broncos this season, cashing in 30 goals, 30 assists, 40 steals and drawing 15 ejections. She was one of three Broncos to start every game this year.
Anderson capped an outstanding first year on the Mission Campus by being tabbed to the WWPA All-Freshman team. Anderson was a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the pool. The local South Bay product scored 31 goals while tallying 30 steals and earning 54 earned ejections, second on the team behind freshman Julia Peters. Anderson started all 30 games for SCU.
2013 Western Water Polo Association Women's Water Polo Honors
Player of the Year: Sarah Lizotte (UTL, Jr.) - UC San Diego
Newcomer of the Year: Ariel Arcidiacono (UTL, Fr.) - Colorado St.
First-Team WWPA All-Conference
Melissa Bartow (C, Jr.) - UC San Diego
Alexandra Honny (DR, Jr.) - LMU
Sarah Lizotte (UTL, Jr.) - UC San Diego
Sara Hudyn (UTL, Jr.) - CSU East Bay
Courtney Miller (GK, Fr.) - UC San Diego
Julia Peters (2M, RS-Fr.) - Santa Clara
Shelby Schaefer (ATT, Sr.) - Colorado St.
Second-Team WWPA All-Conference
Mackenzie Beck (UTL, So.) - LMU
Jessica Morelos (2M, Sr.) - LMU
Claire Pierce (UTL, Sr.) - CSU East Bay
Colette Reid (ATT, Sr.) - Sonoma St.
Misty Vu (UTL, Sr.) - CSU San Bernardino
Jackie Walters (C, Sr.) - CSU Monterey Bay
Claire Wright (GK, Fr.) - LMU
Honorable Mention All-Conference
Kelcy Barott (CTR, So.) - Colorado St.
Stephanie Clements (GK, Sr.) - Santa Clara
Claire Eadington (DR, Jr.) - Santa Clara
Danielle Johnson (UTL, Fr.) - LMU
Alison Norris (UTL, Sr.) - Santa Clara
Lindsey Rangel (ATT, Sr.) - Sonoma St.
Alexis Wieseler (D, Fr.) - UC San Diego
WWPA All-Freshman Team
Ariel Arcidiacono (UTL) - Colorado St.
Elizabeth Anderson (UTL) - Santa Clara
Ivana Castro (DR) - LMU
Noelle Herrera (C) - Sonoma St.
Jenn Lightbody (2MD) - CSU East Bay
Danielle Johnson (UTL) - LMU
Courtney Miller (GK) - UC San Diego
Alexis Wieseler (D) - UC San Diego