Oxborough-Yankus, Rodriguez Named Division III Co-Player, Coach Of Year
Claremont, Calif. - Senior Annie Oxborough-Yankus (Wallingford, Conn. - pictured) was named the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division III Co-Player of the Year, and Pomona-Pitzer head coach Alex Rodriguez was named the Coach of the Year in a vote of the nation's coaches, it was announced this week.
Oxborough-Yankus shared the ACWPC Division III Player of the Year honor with Chelsea Johnson of Grove City College in Pennsylvania. She was joined on the ACWPC first-team All-America squad by freshman Alyssa Woodward (Riverside, Calif.) and junior goalie Sarah Tuggy (Los Angeles, Calif.). Senior Perri Hopkins (Agoura, Calif.) earned second-team honors, while freshman Sarah Westcott (Menlo Park, Calif.) was an honorable mention selection.
Rodriguez earned a double-honor during this academic year, as he was also the ACWPC Men's Water Polo Division III Coach of the Year in the fall. He guided both Pomona-Pitzer Water Polo teams to SCIAC Championships this year.
Oxborough-Yankus was the SCIAC Player of the Year as well, after helping the Sagehens go undefeated in Division III this season (15-0), including 10-0 in SCIAC play. She was second on the team with 61 goals, including a season-high five in the SCIAC Championship game, a 12-11 overtime win over Redlands.
Woodward led the Sagehens in goals scored this year with 79, while Tuggy tallied 207 saves in goal over the course of the season to pace Pomona-Pitzer in that category. Hopkins added 35 goals and was the team's top defensive player, while Westcott was third on the squad with 47 goals.
Pomona-Pitzer finished the year with a 21-19 overall record and qualified for the NCAA Water Polo Championships at San Diego State with its SCIAC Tournament win. The Sagehens fell to top-ranked Stanford 17-5 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, but managed more goals against the eventual national champion Cardinal than any other team in the NCAA field. Pomona-Pitzer ended the NCAA Tournament with an eighth-place finish after dropping an overtime decision to Iona in the final contest of the championship.