STANFORD, Calif. - Senior two-meter Melissa Seidemann was named ACWPC Player of the Year to headline six Cardinal women's water polo players selected to the organization's All-America teams.
Seidemann and freshman Maggie Steffens were named first-team All-Americans, junior Annika Dries and sophomore Kiley Neushul were selected to the second team while senior Kate Baldoni and junior Kaley Dodson earned honorable mention. The six players helped lead the Cardinal to a 29-3 record and a fourth straight trip to the NCAA Championship Game, where Stanford fell 10-9 to USC in quadruple overtime.
For Seidemann, who earned her fourth-career All-America honor, it completes a sweep of national player of the year honors as she earned the Peter J. Cutino Award June 1. In 2013 Seidemann led the Cardinal with 75 goals which brought her career tally to 239, tying her with Lauren Silver '09 atop Stanford's career scoring list. She netted 15 hat tricks among her 23 multi-goal games and was named to the All-MPSF First Team and to the National Collegiate All-Tournament Team.
Steffens, also a first-team All-MPSF pick, earned her first All-America nod after finishing second on the team with 60 goals in 2013. A 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist with Seidemann and Dries, Steffens posted nine hat tricks among her 20 multi-goal games.
Dries, who earned her third All-America nod, scored 35 goals including five hat tricks and 10 multi-goal games despite missing the first month of the season due to injury. Neushul followed up her 2012 national player of the year campaign with 50 goals in 2013, including nine hat tricks, and being named to the All-MPSF First Team.
Baldoni finished her Cardinal career as the anchor of the MPSF's top defense, averaging 7.53 saves a game and leading the MPSF with a 4.57 goals-against average. Combined with the rest of the team's goalie corps and its field defense, Baldoni helped the Cardinal to a team figure of just 4.59 goals allowed per game. A big part of that field defense was Dodson, who was a key member of the Cardinal perimeter. Dodson, who earned her third All-America nod, also scored 31 goals including three hat tricks in 2013.