Rebecca Thomas Named MAAC Water Polo Defensive Player Of The Year; Four Named All-MAAC
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Senior goaltender Rebecca Thomas (Cape Town, South Africa) of the Marist water polo team was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Defensive Player of the Year, leading four Red Foxes who were named All-MAAC. The awards were voted on by the league’s coaches and were announced at the MAAC Awards Banquet on Friday night.
It is the second consecutive year that Thomas had earned the honor as she was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year a season ago. This season, Thomas appeared in 33 of 35 games this season, owning a 7.86 goals against average and a .530 save percentage. She also stopped six of 19 five-meter penalty shots.
Joining Thomas on the First Team was sophomore Jessica Hamby (Sacramento, Calif.). Hamby has scored 63 goals this season to lead the Red Foxes. She has also added 22 assists for a team-high 85 points.
Seniors captains Shelby Rinker (Lansdale, Pa.) and Robyn Crabtree (Cutler bay, Fla.) each were named to the All-MAAC Second Team. Rinker is currently second on the team this year with 84 points on 36 goals and a team-high 48 assists. She is also second on the team with 71 steals. Crabtree is one of six 30-goal scorers for Marist, finishing the regular season with 31 goals to go along with 39 assists for 70 points. She also had 52 steals and drew 48 ejections.
Additionally, eight Red Foxes were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team. To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Crabtree, Rinker, Thomas, Heather Fellmeth (North Wales, Pa.), Alison Hamby (Sacramento, Calif.) Anna-Lena Hathaway (Pasadena, Calif.), Elise Humphries (Anaheim, Calif.) and Katie Knutson (Oakland, Calif.) were all recognized for their achievements in the classroom.
The Red Foxes (24-11, 10-2 MAAC) enter the tournament as the third seed and will play second-seeded Iona in Saturday’s first semifinal at 1 p.m. The winner of that game will play the winner of the second semifinal, featuring top-seeded Wagner and fourth-seeded Villanova, in the championship game on Sunday at 2 p.m. The consolation game will immediately precede that at noon.