LA JOLLA, Calif. -
Junior Sarah Lizotte
was named the 2013 NCAA Division II Player of the Year and head coach Brad Kreutzkamp
was honored as Coach of the Year by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC). The announcement was made Monday evening.
In addition, junior two-meter Melissa Bartow and freshman goalie Courtney Miller joined Lizotte with All-America First Team honors, while freshman two-meter defender Alexis Wieseler picked up second team distinction.
Kreutzkamp, in his fourth season, led UCSD to an NCAA Championship berth after knocking off Loyola Marymount, 10-8, in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) title game. The 12th-ranked Tritons finished a program-best sixth place at NCAAs and closed the season with a 26-15 overall mark, recording the most wins since the 1994 national championship squad went 28-2.
Lizotte led the Tritons in goals scored with a single season high 92. The Riverside native's offensive presence didn’t stop there, as she and teammate Jolene Guiliana broke the long standing single season assists record, posting 67 apiece. Lizotte was named the WWPA Player of the Year as well. She came away with a team high nine goals, eight assists and one steal at the NCAA Championship Tournament, earning All-Tournament second team honors.
As further testament to her impactful play this past season, Lizotte was voted a Division I All-America honorable mention selection by the ACWPC coaches.
Bartow posted a successful campaign as team co-captain, leading the squad in ejections drawn (63) and penalties drawn (12). The Walnut Creek native was able to set a new program career record for penalties drawn as well. Bartow scored five goals in the WWPA Tournament opener against Cal State San Bernardino and again in the title game against No. 13 Loyola Marymount to earn Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Miller, a freshman out of Honolulu, made an immediate impact in the cage, tallying 374 saves and setting a new program single season record. Miller posted a season high 17 saves against Cal State East Bay on April 17, earning Tournament Most Valuable Player at the inaugural CCAA Championship Invite. After posting 10 or more saves on 19 different occasions throughout the season, Miller finished the year with 36 at the NCAA Championship Tournament and had 15 in the final game against No. 10 Princeton. She received First-Team All-WWPA honors as well as a place on the All-Freshman Team.
As a primary two-meter defender, Wieseler finished second on the team with 72 goals in her rookie season, adding 14 assists, 48 steals, 11 ejections drawn and 28 field blocks to boast the strongest stat line of her class. The Highland native showed a strong presence in the front court early, scoring five goals in her first collegiate game against Santa Clara. Later, Wieseler posted a team high seven goals in an exciting 11-10 victory over conference foe Loyola Marymount. Wieseler also received All-WWPA honorable mention and All-Freshman Team honors.
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