Trojan senior is the first-ever men's goalie to win the Cutino Award.
Trojan also was recently named Australia's Player of the Year.
Read about Joel Dennerley's progress toward London as told by Australian Water Polo Inc.
Joel Dennerley and Ivan Kustic pick up national honors for academics.
Dennerley is National Player of the Year, Vavic is National Coach of the Year to lead eight All-Americans.
A four-time national champion and the recipient of the 2011-12 Peter J. Cutino Award as the nation's top collegiate player in his senior season at USC, goalie Joel Dennerley is playing in his first Olympic Games. While anchoring USC's run to a historic four straight NCAA titles, Dennerley emerged as the Trojans' all-time leader in career saves. He is the first-ever goalie to win the Cutino Award on the men's side, and also claimed back-to-back honors as the MPSF Player of the Year -- also a first for a goalie. For his native Australia, Dennerley was called up to compete in the 2010 FINA World Cup and 2011 FINA World Championships and was recently named Australia Water Polo Inc.'s Male Player of the Year.
2011: The recipient of the Peter J. Cutino Award in his senior season, Dennerley finished his USC career as the Trojans' all-time leader in saves (855)... Appeared in 24 games with 214 total saves and just 126 goals allowed, averaging 9.2 saves and 5.4 goals-against per game... Named 2011 National Player of the Year and became the first Trojan to be named back-to-back MPSF Player of the Year... Posted 15 saves in the NCAA Championship game against UCLA, where Dennerley was named NCAA Tournament MVP... Selected to All-America and All-MPSF first teams and to MPSF All-Tournament Team... Twice named MPSF Player of the Week... Also named an MPSF All-Academic scholar-athlete.
2010: Dennerley was the 2010 MPSF Player of the Year and named a finalist for the Peter J. Cutino Award as a junior... Also the MPSF Tournament MVP, was named a First Team All-American and to the All-MPSF First Team... Selected to the NCAA Tournament Second Team, was a two-time MPSF Player of the Week... His 222 saves in 2011 was the eighth most in USC history for a singles season... Averaged 7.7 saves and 5.5 goals-against per game... Set a new career high with 15 saves vs. UCLA in the SoCal Tournament championship game... Tallied 32 saves at the MPSF Tournament and 20 at the NCAA Tournament.
2009: Dennerley played in every game for USC as a sophomore, collecting 194 saves and allowing just 4.8 goals-against per game... Led the MPSF in goals-against average... Had a season-high 12 saves in the NCAA Championship game... Tallied double-digit save efforts in seven games...Earned All-America Honorable Mention and All-MPSF Honorable Mention... Two-time MPSF Player of the Week (Oct. 19 and Nov. 9)... Also named an MPSF All-Academic scholar-athlete.
2008: Dennerley gathered 225 saves and allowed just 4.5 goals-against per game as a freshman... 225 season saves is the No. 7 best mark in USC history... Had double-digit save efforts in 12 games, setting a career best with 14 agaisnt LMU on Sept. 7... Named MPSF Newcomer of the Year... Also a Second Team All-American... Picked to All-MPSF Second Team and was twice an MPSF Player of the Week (Sept. 8 and Nov. 18)... Had 36 saves in the last three games of the year for the Trojans... Earned ACWPC Academic All-America honors.
NATIONAL TEAMS: Dennerley is a member of the Australian National Team, recently competing at the 2011 FINA Super Final and 2011 Volvo Cup... Also competed at the 2010 FINA World Cup and at the FINA Super Finals during the summer... Also has been a member of Australia's Junior National Team... Competed in the 2007 Junior World Championships, placing fifth.
HIGH SCHOOL: Dennerley was named the Australian Schoolboys MVP in 2005... Played club for Wests Magpies and AIS Finns... Finished first with Magpies in the National Water Polo League in 2008... An honor student.
PERSONAL: Dennerley majored in kinesiology... Parents are Alison and John... Has two sisters, Kate and Claire... Lists Peter Soros as his biggest sports hero... Would like to one day visit the Grand Canyon... Born June 25, 1987.