CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT freshman Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) was named the conference's Rookie of the Year as announced by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) on Friday morning. He joined fellow freshman Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) on the All-Northern Division Second Team, while junior Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) was named to the First Team for the second year in a row.
Rogers has scored a team-leading 73 goals so far in his first collegiate season, which places him atop the list for most goals per season in the MIT record book. The previous record of 72 goals had remained untouched since 1971. Following his performance at the Princeton Invitational in September, where he scored 19 goals in four games, Rogers received the CWPA Rookie and Player of the Week awards.
With his 60 goals this season, Tasman is ranked second in goal scoring among the Engineers. The freshman is a staple on the team, scoring a handful of points at almost every game. In the sudden death overtime game against Iona earlier this month, Tasman scored an impressive seven goals, helping to lead MIT to a well-deserved win of 12-11 over the Gaels.
Cheney has totaled 50 goals and leads the team with 41 steals and 32 ejections drawn in his junior season. He has been an All-Northern Division selection every year he has attended MIT, receiving Rookie of the Year honors in 2009, Second Team honors in 2010 and First Team honors in 2011.
The Engineers will take part in the Eastern Championships from Nov. 16-18 at Princeton University. Their first game of the weekend is against second seed Mercyhurst University on Friday, Nov. 16 at 4:00 p.m.