Feb. 21, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy water polo seniors Conor Handley and Kyle Wertz were named to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) honorable mention All-America teams, the organization announced on Monday afternoon. It marks the fifth time in the last six years that Navy has had two players earn All-America recognition.
Wertz, a senior left-hander from San Diego, Calif., earned All-America accolades for the second time in his career after also garnering honorable mention honors as a freshman in 2008. The three-time first-team All-East selection was named to the All-America honorable mention squad after scoring 88 points on 56 goals and 32 assists in just 20 games as a senior. He finished his career ranked 10th on the school's career career points list with 260 while also placing 10th on Navy's career goals scored list with 184. Wertz becomes the ninth Navy player in school history to earn two All-America accolades.
Handley, a senior attacker from Naperville, Ill., had a sensational senior season leading the Mids to the CWPA Southern Division tournament title and helping the Mids to a 24-7 overall record. He was named the CWPA Southern Division Player of the Year and ranked third on the team in scoring with 55 points. He tallied 44 points and 11 assists on the season and finished his career with 152 points (115 g, 37 a). Handley also had an excellent year on the defensive end of the pool, leading the team with 32 steals.
Navy finished the 2011 season with a 24-7 overall mark and reached the CWPA Eastern Tournament finals for the seventh straight year, something done only once before in CWPA history. Head coach Mike Schofield, who won his 600th game during the course of the 2011 season, welcomes back 14 letterwinners from the 2011 squad but must find a way to replace five of the team's top six scorers.
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