Cheney and Kruse Receive CWPA Weekly Awards for Second Time

Senior Craig Cheney, Freshman Nolan Kruse

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. – For the second time in two weeks, MIT water polo saw senior Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) and freshman Nolan Kruse (Orcutt, Calif.) receive Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) weekly nods. Following a strong, 3-1 weekend at the Division III Eastern Championships at Johns Hopkins University, Cheney was named the Defensive Player of the Week, while Kruse was the Rookie of the Week.

Throughout the weekend, Cheney recorded 21 steals and one field block. He also played very strongly on the offensive side, tallying 12 goals, 11 assists and five ejections drawn throughout the four games. He currently leads the Engineers with his 44 steals, is tied for first with 26 ejections drawn and is second with 34 goals. Cheney, along with sophomore Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.), was selected to the 2013 CWPA Division III All-Tournament First Team for his impressive performance in the pool.

In net, Kruse had 12 blocks against Hopkins alone, notching 28 blocks for the entire weekend.  He also had six steals. So far this season, the freshman keeper has totaled 106 saves and 12 steals to lead the MIT goalkeepers. Kruse and sophomore Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) were selected to the All-Tournament Second Team following their success at the Championships.

On the first day of the Championships on Saturday, the Engineers secured a 23-4 win over Penn State Behrend before defeating Washington & Jefferson College by a score of 22-18. The following day, Tech won against Connecticut College, 19-5, before falling to host Johns Hopkins, 13-8 to take second place overall.

The Engineers will have just over a week off from competition, returning to the pool to host Fordham University and St. Francis College on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Iona College on Sunday, Nov. 3.