John Preis Named CWPA Northern Division Rookie of the Year

Dec. 11, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) recently announced its 2007 All-Division honorees, and MIT's John Preis was rewarded for his stellar freshman season by being named the Northern Division Rookie of the Year. Teammate Devin Lewis also copped postseason accolades, as the sophomore was named to the All-North First Team.

Preis became MIT's first-ever recipient of the CWPA Northern Division Rookie of the Year award, and the phenom from Los Angeles, Calif., certainly had a season worthy of such a prestigious honor. With a team-leading 72 goals, Preis tied the Institute record for goals in a season, equaling the mark set by Pete Sanders in 1971. The rookie's dominant physical presence and keen eye for goal helped turn the Engineers into an offensive juggernaut, as the team finished the season with 358 goals, setting a new MIT standard.

Lewis was Tech's third-leading scorer with 55 goals, bringing his career tally up to an even 100 and placing him fourth all-time on the MIT scoring charts. The San Francisco, Calif., native was named the Most Valuable Player of the Division II/III Eastern Championship after scoring 14 times in the tournament to help the Engineers take both the Division III Eastern Championship and Small College Championship crowns. He was also named to the All-Tournament First Team, while Preis garnered Second Team honors.

MIT's water polo team has had at least one member of its ranks honored by the CWPA Northern Division every year since 2003.