Card, Gardhouse Earn All-America Honors
Pair recognized nationally
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Announced yesterday by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC), the pair of Zack Card and Chris Gardhouse from the Cal Lutheran men’s water polo team earned All-America honors for the second consecutive season.
After the duo earned Honorable Mention honors last season, Gardhouse was selected to the Second Team while Card earned Honorable Mention for a second time.
Card caps off a stellar four-year Kingsmen career as a two-time All-America honoree after starting all 26 games as a senior and leading the team with 33 assists while finishing second with 48 goals and 32 steals. The Burbank, Calif. native finishes his career ranked third all-time with 97 assists, fourth all-time with 124 goals and tied for tenth with 107 steals.
Gardhouse, meanwhile, reeled in Second Team accolades after a phenomenal season that saw an outpouring of 67 goals to lead the team as well as 69 steals and a CLU record-setting 73 drawn ejections. The Agoura Hills, Calif. native was also second on the team with 28 assists and tallied 13 field blocks. Gardhouse continues to climb the all-time leaderboard at CLU and is now ninth in career goals with 103 and fourth in drawn ejections with 120, after just two seasons.
The Division III Player of the Year came out of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) as James Baker, the SCIAC Player of the Year from Pomona-Pitzer, earned the ACWPC honors as well. The Sagehens head coach, Alex Rodriguez was named the Coach of the Year and overall, 17 of the 24 selections were from the SCIAC.
The Kingsmen finished with an overall record of 13-13 and 5-7 in conference play this fall.