GW Women's Water Polo Adds Six Recruits for 2013
Newcomers Will Join 12 Returning Letterwinners in the Spring
May 23, 2012
WASHINGTON - George Washington women's water polo head coach Scott Reed has announced that six student-athletes will join the Colonials in 2013, with three players hailing from California, two from Florida and one from Canada.
Incoming goalkeeper Caterina Sesana will push returning goalies Chandler Vilander and Jessie Sinkula, while Erin Donoghue, Hannah Cox, Ruti Zwick, Caroline Sandri and McKinlee Hand will help compensate for the offensive losses of graduating seniors Monica Hanson and Megan Walker.
"This is another talented class that will help with our overall depth and help steer this team toward the next level of success," Reed said.
The Colonials are slated to return 10 letterwinners from the 2012 squad that finished 12-15 overall and placed fifth at the CWPA Southern Division Championship.
The new recruits include:
A native of Surrey, British Columbia, Hannah Cox comes to GW with a wealth of international experience. Cox captained the silver medal-winning team at the 18U Canadian National Championships in 2011, earning a spot on the tournament's all-star team, after leading the squad to a bronze medal in 2010.
Cox was named the MVP of the Pacific Storm U16 club team, as well as the U18 Female Athlete of the Year for the 2011 Surrey Orcas Water Polo club. In addition, she was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player of her team at Earl Marriott Secondary School in both 2010 and 2011 and served as the team captain in 2012. Cox was also selected to the all-star team at the British Columbia High School Championships.
Coach Reed's take: "Hannah is a great center with a lot of international experience. She is a smart player that does not make a lot of mistakes."
Erin Donoghue is a four-time all-league selection from Las Lomas High School in Northern California, earning first team honors in both 2010 and 2011. As a senior, she scored 65 goals and added 29 assists and 25 steals to also garner First-Team All-East Bay and First-Team North Coast Section DII accolades for the second time. The two-time team captain received the 2011 Outstanding High School Career Award from Las Lomas, graduating as the Knights' fourth all-time leading scorer while ranking second in career assists. In addition, Donoghue was an Honorable Mention All-American in 2010 and a North Coast Section Scholar-Athlete in 2009.
A native of Walnut Creek, Calif., Donoghue led Las Lomas to back-to-back league titles in 2010 and 2011 and a North Coast Section championship in 2011. Moreover, Donoghue has been selected to the Olympic Development Program Youth National Training Selection Camp in each of the last two years, and she was the top scorer at the ODP Regional Championships in both seasons as well, earning a spot on the Northern California All-Region Team.
Coach Reed's take: "Erin is just one of those players that can fit in on any team. She is a smart player that knows how to put the ball in the back of the cage."
McKinlee Hand is a four-time all-conference selection from Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Fla. She scored 75 goals and added 28 assists and 34 steals as a senior en route to Central Florida Player of the Year and team MVP honors. Though the school and water polo program are less than a decade old, Hand led the Huskies to four straight district finals.
Coach Reed's take: "McKinlee is a tough left-handed player. Her defense and speed will help on both ends of the court."
Caroline Sandri scored 85 goals and recorded 60 assists and 95 ejections drawn as a senior at James Logan High School, earning First-Team All-League and All-Section as well as the Senior All-Star Award. A two-time team captain, she led the Colts to their first-ever league title and appearance in the North Coast Section finals, where they placed fourth. Sandri also set school records for most goals in a game (6) and most ejections drawn in a game (9) last season.
A native of Hayward, Calif., Sandri was named East Bay Athlete of the Week last November and Honorable Mention Athlete of the Week last October. In addition, she was named her team's Most Improved Player as a junior.
Coach Reed's take: "Caroline is a strong utility player. She has a really strong shot from both the outside and from the center position."
Caterina Sesana was a four-year starting goalkeeper at Gulliver Prep, capping her career with Fifth-Team All-America and First-Team All-Dade nods as a senior after posting a .692 save percentage with 207 saves against just 92 goals allowed. Sesana was also named the Olympic Development Program's Southeast Zone Goalie of the Year last season and was selected to the All-Dade second team in 2010 and third team in 2009. In addition, the Coral Gables, Fla., native was named MVP of the 2009 Southeast Zones championship.
A two-time team captain, Sesana led the Raiders to a third-place finish at the 2011 state tournament, and she participated in the 16-and-under Junior Olympics with her Riptides club team.
Coach Reed's take: "Caterina comes from one of the top club programs in the country. She will compete for playing time right away."
A native of Riverside, Calif., Ruti Zwick was a 2011 USA Water Polo Academic All-American and AP Scholar. She led the league in assists last season and earned Second-Team Big VIII honors.
Coach Reed's take: "Ruti's speed will help with our transition game. She is a good, solid addition."