Columbus Leonard and Craig Cheney Receive CWPA Accolades
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a successful weekend road-trip that saw the MIT water polo team win two out of three conference games, Columbus Leonard and Craig Cheney earned Player of the Week honors from the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) on Wednesday. Leonard was named the CWPA Northern Division Defensive Player of the Week while Cheney was tabbed as Rookie of the Week. Tech downed Connecticut College on Friday night, 16-6, and Queens College on Saturday, 15-14, before falling to St. Francis College, 16-7, and now stand at 7-6 overall and 4-2 in CWPA Northern Division play.
Leonard had a record-breaking performance in net on Saturday against Queens College, as he set a new single-game MIT record for saves in the back-and-forth shootout. The Engineers would need every one of his 21 stops to hold off Queens, 15-14. Leonard also made 14 saves in the loss to St. Francis later in the day and held Connecticut College scoreless while playing just the first quarter of Friday night's game.
Cheney tallied 10 goals in the three games over the weekend, including a team-high six in the win over Queens. He leads the team with 35 markers in his rookie campaign.
The Engineers host Harvard University in their final Northern Division contest of the season before traveling to Connecticut College on Saturday for the Division III Eastern Championship.