Pomona-Pitzer’s Alyssa Woodward named best in nation


Senior Alyssa Woodward of Pomona-Pitzer has been named the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Division III Women’s Water Polo Player of the Year.

Fellow senior Sarah Westcott joined her in earning first-team All-America honors. A total of five Sagehens were honored in all, as sophomore goalie Ahsha Earwood was named to the second team, while freshman Morgan McCracken and senior Mahalia Prater-Fahey earned honorable mention.

Woodward, a graduate of Arlington High School in Riverside, earned All-America honors for the third year, finishing with 318 goals.

Woodward was also named the SCIAC Athlete of the Year after leading the Sagehens in scoring for the fourth year in a row (65 goals) and helping the team to an undefeated regular season (8-0) in conference play. She was an ACWPC first-team All-America selection for the fourth straight season.

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Pomona-Pitzer’s Alyssa Woodward named SCAIC Player of Year

Alyssa Woodward

Senior Alyssa Woodward of Pomona-Pitzer has been mamed the SCIAC Women’s Water Polo Athlete of the Year and freshman Morgan McCracken was named the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year.

Woodward, a three-time Division III All-American, led the Sagehens in scoring for the fourth year in a row with 65 goals, finishing her four-year career with 318. She reached the 300-goal plateau in a 14-10 win over Azusa Pacific on April 8, when she scored five times.

Woodward, a native of Riverside, was named the SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week for all sports for that week, after also adding a career-high six goals in a Senior Day win over La Verne on April 11. She also had a hat trick against No. 3 USC and scored twice in an overtime win over No. 19 UC San Diego.
Morgan McCracken
McCracken finished second on the team in goals (41), finishing behind only Woodward’s 65. She had a season-high five goals in a 16-5 win over Redlands, a total which she matched in a 14-10 win over Azusa Pacific, and also had a trick against No. 9 Cal State Northridge.  McCracken capped off her rookie season with five goals in the SCIAC Championship Tournament, including two in the finals against Whittier.

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