Sami Hill Leads Six Bruins on 2014 All-MPSF Team
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Fourth-year junior Sami Hill was named the 2014 MPSF Women’s Water Polo Player of the Year and five other UCLA players earned All-MPSF honors, the conference announced Tuesday.
Sophomore Rachel Fattal and junior Emily Donohoe were named First-Team All-MPSF (along with Hill), and senior Becca Dorst was named to the second team. Sophomore Alys Williams earned honorable mention acclaim and Mackenzie Barr earned a spot on the All-MPSF Newcomer Team.
Hill, who ranks second in the league at 5.05 goals allowed and 10.09 saves per game, stopped 23 shots in the MPSF Tournament, including 10 against Stanford in the championship game. In the regular season finale against USC on Apr. 16, Hill made 10 saves, including six in the third quarter, to preserve the Bruins’ 6-4 victory. Last year, she shattered the single season school record by making 320 saves. Hill has earned an MPSF award in each of her three seasons: in 2011 she was voted to the all-newcomer squad and in 2013, she earned second-team honors.
Donohoe led the Bruins in scoring for the second straight season. Entering the NCAA Tournament, she has scored 54 goals (1.86/g), and ranks 11th in league scoring. In the victory over USC on Apr. 16, she scored three goals, marking the ninth time this season she has scored three or more goals. She also recorded 26 steals, 20 assists and eight field blocks during the year. Donohoe earned Second-Team All-MPSF honors last season.
Fattal, nominated for the Sullivan Award in March, leads the Bruins with 45 steals and 16 field blocks. She also ranks second on the team with 42 goals (1.45/g), including seven in the conference tournament. She ranks 21st in league scoring. Her 42 assists this season also ranks second on the team. As a freshman in 2013, she was named the MPSF’s Newcomer of the Year and a second-team member.
Dorst has scored 34 goals this season to rank third on the team. She recorded 31 steals, 10 field blocks and six assists primarily from the two-meter position. As a sophomore in 2012, she earned honorable mention acclaim.
Barr led the UCLA freshmen with 21 goals in 29 games played. She burst onto the scene in the Bruins’ first game, scoring a career-high of four goals against Concordia. As one of the team’s top reserves, she also contributed 19 steals, 11 assists during the season.
The Bruins will meet the winner of the UC San Diego-Pomona Pitzer play-in game in the first round of the NCAA Championship, May 9 at Noon at USC’s Uytensu Aquatics Center.