CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior MIT water polo player Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) was named a Second Team All-American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) on Thursday morning, while sophomores Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) and Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) were selected as Honorable Mentions. The last time any Engineers were honored by the ACWPC was in 2010 when John Preis '11 was named a First Team All-American and Cheney and Columbus Leonard '12 were on the Honorable Mentions list.
Cheney, who was just a freshman when he was named an Honorable Mention, wrapped up his senior season second on the team in both goals (49) and assists (22), and first in steals (73), ejections drawn (40), blocks (15) and rebounds (16). With 204 career goals, he currently sits atop the list in the MIT record book, edging out Devin Lewis '10 by just two goals. He is also first in steals in a season and career steals (225). He was selected to the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) First Team All-Conference, the CWPA Division III All-Tournament First Team and was named the conference's Player of the Week twice throughout the season.
Last season's leading goal scorer, CWPA Rookie of the Year and current MIT record holder with 77 markers as a freshman, Rogers ended the 2013 season third on the team in goals (40), fourth in steals (41), tied for third in assists (21) and second in ejections drawn (39). He was named to the CWPA Division III All-Tournament First Team for the second consecutive year.
Tasman led the Engineers this season in goals (68), placing him fourth in MIT's record book. He was also third in steals (55), tied for fifth in assists (15) and fourth in rebounds (8), while his six goals scored against Connecticut College (9/28/13) has him tied for third for most goals in a game. He was named to the CWPA Division III All-Tournament Second Team, the CWPA Second Team All-Conference and was named Player of the Week early in November.
Tech ended the season at the CWPA Championships, finishing in eighth place after winning against Mercyhurst and falling to Navy, Harvard and George Washington. MIT was ranked eighth in the final CWPA Division III poll for the season. Earlier in the season, the Cardinal and Gray came in second place at the Division III Eastern Championships for the second year in a row.