McMaster quartet make the grade as water polo all-stars

Four members of the McMaster Marauders water polo teams have earned Ontario University Athletics all-star status.

Named to the men’s first team is Jack Park. The rookie from Waterdown made a huge splash in his first season with the Marauders. As a rookie, he scored a league-leading 42 goals in the regular season, helping the Marauders earn a spot in this weekend’s OUA water polo championships.

Finding themselves as women’s second team all-stars are McMaster’s goaltender Anne Marie Child (Hamilton), Carleigh Carter (Ottawa), and Nadine Asmis (Etobicoke), all for the first time. In her fourth year as a Marauder, Carter finished the season with 13

The women’s Carleton Ravens stole the show this season, going undefeated in all eight regular season games and taking seven of the 10 first-team all-star spots this year, as well as women’s coach of the year honours.

Steve Baird is the 2009 OUA women’s coach of the year, after leading his Ravens to an undefeated season. The long-time water polo coach co-founded the women’s water polo program at Carleton in 1988 and served as head coach from 1990 to 2000, 2001 to 2003 and from 2005 to present. This is Baird’s sixth honour as coach of the year.

Carleton first-year goaltender Evelyn Marshall (Ottawa) receives all-star honours for a terrific OUA debut. Throughout the season, Marshall assisted the Ravens to their undefeated season, allowing just 37 goals in eight games, the fewest of any team in OUA women’s water polo.

Marshall’s teammates Sarah McIlveen (Scarborough), Kaity Sennema (Ottawa), and Rachel Baxter (Ottawa) are also 2009 first-team all-stars. McIlveen and Sennema, two more Carleton rookies, receive their first all-star nods, while veteran player Baxter makes the list for the sixth time in as many years with the Ravens.

As the league’s leading scorer, Toronto’s Nicole Brown (Toronto) gets her third nod as a first-team all-star. The third-year player topped the OUA with 23 goals.

Brown’s teammate Brittany Sinclair (Scarborough) receives first-team all-star honours for the second time in her three-year OUA career. Sinclair finished sixth in the league in scoring with 18 goals.

Rounding out the women’s first-team all-star list is Queen’s Shannel Rajan (Calgary). The fourth-year veteran had stellar season for the Gaels, leading the team in scoring with 18 goals and making her first appearance as an all-star.

The 2009 second-team all-star list sees two Varsity Blues, three Marauders, one Raven and one Lion receiving all-star status.

After an incredible debut season with the Blues, Toronto’s Casey Pottier (Kitchener) receives her first all-star nod on the second team. In the regular season, Pottier netted 20 goals in her first year, placing her in third the league.

Pottier’s teammate and fellow high scorer Laura Shaw (Coquitlam, B.C.) makes her second appearance as a second-team all-star. The fourth-year player finished second in OUA scoring this regular season with 22 goals (one behind teammate Brown and two ahead of Pottier).

Carleton’s Sydney Ferguson (Etobicoke) netted seven goals in seven games for the Ravens.

Completing the second-team all-stars is York’s Sarah Duffield (Puslinch). Despite missing out on the playoffs this year, the fourth-year and two-time all-star player had a stellar season, leading the Lions in scoring with 12 goals.

On the men’s side of the all-star list, it’s the Toronto Varsity Blues that takes top honours, with five players receiving all-star status between the first and second teams.

But it’s Carleton that gets top coaching honours on the men’s side, as head coach Andras Szeri receives the 2009 men’s coach of the year title. In his seventh year as head coach, Szeri led the men’s team to a 7-2-1 record for a second-place finish in the regular season. Szeri has led the men to six OUA medals in seven years as is the only coach to ever lead the team to an OUA gold medal title.

After another outstanding season, the Toronto Varsity Blues can add five all-stars to their list of accolades this season.

The Blues allowed just 49 goals into their net in the regular season, thanks in part to third-year goaltender Trevor Robinson (Scarborough, Ont.). Robinson makes his third appearance on the first-team all-star in as many years in OUA water polo.

Toronto rookies Graeme Myers (Toronto) and Luke Spooner (Auckland) garner their first all-star honours this year after impressive debut seasons. Myers finished the regular season scoring with 16 goals, while Spooner netted 27, good enough for fifth in OUA scoring.

Carleton’s veteran player Dejan Suletic (Gatineau, Que.) gets his fifth nod as an OUA first-team all-star in his six-year OUA career. Suletic’s 41 regular

Queen’s and York round out the first-team all-stars list with two of their top scorers. Queen’s Eric Jones (Hamilton) makes his third first-team all-star appearance, giving him a total of four all-star nods. The fourth-year veteran led the Gaels in regular season scoring with 18 goals.

York’s Jordan Duffield (Puslinch) receives all-star honours for the fifth time and his fourth as a first-team all-star after scoring 17 goals in the Lions’ regular season.

Duffield’s teammate Straun Wefers (Toronto) heads the list of second-team all-stars, with a whopping 22 goals in the regular season. This year’s all-star nod is just the first of many for the rookie.

The Varsity Blues have two men on the second-team all-stars list, including rookie Alan Chung (Ajax). The first-year player is the team’s leading scorer in the regular season, with 31 goals, while his teammate and Blues goaltender Andrew Chorniy (Lviv, Ukraine) gets his second all-star nod. The fifth-year veteran goalkeeper, along with teammate and first-team all-star goaltender Robinson, allowed just 49 regular season goals.

Carleton’s Sam Cardarelli (Rockland) and Boris Misljencevic (Ottawa) receive all-star status for the first time each, after doing their part to get the Ravens into the OUA playoffs this season. Cardarelli scored 25 goals to put him in sixth place in OUA scoring.

Western may not have made the playoffs, but Greg Hoegy (Kitchener) was a key element to the Mustangs season. After scoring a team-high 28 goals season goals helped propel the Ravens to a chance at their second OUA title this weekend.