June 18, 2009
ACWPC All-America Release
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's water polo boasted four All-Americans Thursday as the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches announced its 2009 All-America teams. Senior Lauren Silver and junior Jessica Steffens landed spots on the first team, while freshman Melissa Seidemann earned a spot on the third team and junior Kelly Eaton was named honorable mention.
The Cardinal was one of only two teams to have multiple first-team picks, joining USC, which had three players selected to the top team.
Silver, despite missing the first eight games of the season due to illness, bounced back to score 52 goals to finish second on the team. The Long Beach native closed her collegiate career by earning her fourth All-American honor and second consecutive first-team selection. In 2009, Silver had 15 multi-goal games with nine hat tricks among those, including an incredible eight-goal performance in Stanford's national third-place game victory over Hawai'i.
In her final Cardinal season, Silver was also named to the All-MPSF First Team as well as earning a spot on the National Collegiate Championship All-Tournament Team. She was also named MPSF Mikasa Player of the Week on one occasion.
Fresh off of a strong silver-medal showing with the U.S. water polo team at the 2008 Olympics last summer, Steffens continued her fine play as one of the anchors to Stanford's defense at the two-meter position, earning her first career All-America selection. Steffens, a native of Danville, provided leadership and experience in front of the goal, making numerous field blocks and even pitching in on the offensive end by scoring 12 goals on the year.
In just her first year on The Farm, Seidemann made her presence felt by scoring 59 goals to become the fourth true freshman since 1997 to lead the Cardinal in scoring. She posted 10 hat tricks among her 18 multi-goal games, and scored four goals in a game on five occasions.
Seidemann was named to the All-MPSF First Team and to the All-Freshman Team, as well as collecting MPSF Newcomer of the Year honors, Stanford's third such recipient over the past four years. The Walnut Creek native was also named MPSF Mikasa Player of the Week after scoring 10 goals in Stanford's perfect 4-0 run that led to the Irvine Invitational title in late February.
Earning her second consecutive All-America honor, Eaton, from nearby Menlo Park, finished third on the team with 45 goals and six hat tricks among 13 multi-goal games. Eaton was a key part of the Cardinal attack, earning All-MPSF honorable mention recognition after performances highlighted by hat tricks against top teams such as UCLA and Hawai'i.
Stanford ended the 2009 season with a 26-4 overall record, and claimed second both in the MPSF regular-season standings (6-1) and at the MPSF Tournament. The Cardinal finished third in the nation at the National Collegiate Championship in May.