John Preis Earns First Team All-America Nod
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior John Preis was named to the First Team and teammates Craig Cheney and Columbus Leonard were tabbed as Honorable Mention All-America by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC). Preis becomes the first athlete from the program to garner First Team honors since Dan Jacobs and Peter Van Buskirk in 2003.
Preis, who led Engineers in scoring this season, was previously an Honorable Mention All-American as a sophomore in 2008. The senior's 52 tallies this year gave him 190 goals for his career, good for second in the MIT record book. Preis earned CWPA All-North honors and was named the Tournament MVP of the CWPA Division III Eastern Championship.
Cheney was selected as the CWPA Northern Division Rookie of the Year, joining Preis as the only two Engineers to earn that distinction. Cheney led the team in goals for much of the year, finishing with 49 markers, the second-highest total ever by a Tech freshman. Cheney was picked as the CWPA Northern Rookie of the Week twice and also found a spot on the Division III Eastern Championship All-Tournament team earlier this fall.
Leonard rewrote the MIT record-book during his junior campaign, shattering the Institute record for career saves, as he now has a remarkable 622 stops in just three seasons. He earned his second straight All-North nod as a junior and has helped lead the Cardinal and Gray to 32 wins in his career. He had a remarkable effort earlier this season against Queens College, stopping a program-record 21 shots in a 15-14 win.
The Engineers finished up their 2010 campaign with a 7-6 win over Fordham in the Seventh Place game of the Eastern Championship, avenging a pair of earlier losses to the Rams. Tech had a record of 13-12 on the year, including a 5-2 mark in Northern Division play, good for third in the league standings. While coach Adam Foley's squad will miss the leadership of Preis and the other four departing seniors, the Cardinal and Gray will return a number of talented underclassmen in 2011, including Cheney and Leonard.