UCLA's Caitlin Dement Earns MPSF Player of the Year Honors
May 1, 2012
WOODLAND, Calif. - UCLA senior goalkeeper Caitlin Dement has captured MPSF Women's Water Polo Player of the Year acclaim, as announced Tuesday by the conference office.
Dement becomes the first UCLA women's water polo player to secure MPSF Player of the Year acclaim since 2008, when Jillian Kraus and Courtney Mathewson shared the honor as co-recipients during their senior campaigns.
In addition, Dement and senior KK Clark have earned first-team All-MPSF honors. Senior Sarah Orozco, junior Emily Greenwood and sophomore Becca Dorst have been named honorable mention All-MPSF selections. Freshman Emily Donohoe secured All-MPSF Newcomer Team honors.
Dement has started in goal for UCLA the last three seasons and totaled 226 saves with a 5.22 goals against average in 24 matches this spring. She ranks third among MPSF goalkeepers in goals against average (5.22) and in saves per game (9.72).
Named the Most Valuable Player at the 2012 MPSF Tournament over the weekend, Dement logged 33 saves in three tournament matches to lead UCLA to its second MPSF Tournament title in the last three years.
Dement's 226 saves this season ranks third-highest in school history. She will enter the NCAA Tournament in two weeks having collected 673 career saves, the fourth-largest total in program history.
Clark ranks fourth among MPSF players with 2.13 goals per game and leads UCLA with 51 goals in all 24 matches. The senior from Atherton, Calif., has scored in 22 of 24 games, logging 17 multiple-goal efforts.
Orozco enters the NCAA Tournament having scored 20 goals on 50 attempts, collecting 33 earned exclusions and nine steals. She scored two goals in UCLA's 8-7 overtime victory against Stanford last Sunday.
Greenwood has totaled 22 goals and a team-leading 64 earned exclusions. She ranks second on the squad with 26 steals and has collected eight field blocks.
Dorst has tallied 26 goals, second-most on the team behind Clark. In addition, she has registered 27 steals, 15 block blocks and 12 assists during her sophomore campaign.
Donohoe has logged 10 goals during her rookie season, compiling six assists and three field blocks.
The Bruins open the NCAA Tournament against No. 7-seed Iona on Friday, May 11. All NCAA Tournament games will be played at San Diego State (May 11-13). UCLA's first-round match against Iona will begin at 12 p.m.
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