Six Women of Troy Land All-American Honors
June 16, 2014
USC senior goalie Flora Bolonyai has her fourth career selection as an All-American from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches locked down with this year's All-American Second Team honors. One of only six Women of Troy to capture a full set of four All-American awards, Bolonyai headlines a group of six Trojans on the honor roll for 2014. Junior Monica Vavic, meanwhile, is now a three-time First Team All-American as the Trojans' top scorer stands alone on this year's First Team. Bolonyai shares her Second Team selection with fellow senior Kaleigh Gilchrist, with three Women of Troy earning Honorable Mention in junior Eike Daube, freshman Stephania Haralabidis and senior Colleen O'Donnell.
Three-time first-teamer Monica Vavic collected another spot on the All-American First Team with her 75-goal junior campaign. It was just two goals off her sophomore season mark of 77 and bumped her up to now rank No. 7 all-time in career scoring at Troy. Also a three-time All-MPSF First Team honoree, Vavic went on to score a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament First Team in USC's 11th consecutive trip to the NCAA tourney. There, the junior dumped in eight goals for the Trojan cause, making it a grand total of 27 games scored in with 24 multiple-goal outings. Vavic is just the fifth Trojan to have pocketed three All-American First Team picks in her career.
Seniors Flora Bolonyai and Kaleigh Gilchrist both officially wrap their respective Trojan careers as two of the best players to come through the program as both hold a place on the All-American Second Team this year. Bolonyai bows out of her four years in the cage as USC's all-time career saves leader with 895 stops. Her 252 saves in 2014 is the fourth most by a Trojan goalie in a single season, and she's deservedly locked in as one of only six Women of Troy to stand as a four-time All-American. The 2012 Olympian picked up a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament Second Team this year, notching another 2014 award to go along with her All-MPSF Honorable Mention and a pair of MPSF Player of the Week picks. Her stockpile of All-American honors now includes a First Team spot in 2013, Second Team in 2014 and 2012 and Honorable Mention as a 2011 freshman.
Gilchrist, too, has a piece of USC history in her hands, having staked a claim as USC's No. 10 all-time career scorer. She plugged in 35 goals in her senior campaign to wrap up her career with 142 goals. She wraps her career as a three-time All-American with this year's Second Team selection, following a previous Second Team pick in 2012 and Third team in 2013. In her fourth visit to the NCAA Tournament, Gilchrist earned a place on the NCAA All-Tournament Second Team. A 2014 All-MPSF First Team pick, Gilchrist got to the back of the net in 20 games with eight multiple-goal games, including a career-high five goals scored earlier this year.
The Trojans have planted a trio on the 2014 All-American Honorable Mention list. For senior Colleen O'Donnell, its her second time on that honor roll, having locked in with 2012 Honorable Mention as a sophomore. Junior Eike Daube and freshman Stephania Haralabidis, meanwhile, now boast the first All-American accolades of their Trojan careers. Now a two-time All-American, O'Donnell provided 29 goals in her senior campaign, striking in 18 games with eight multiple-goal outings. She scored four goals during the NCAA Tournament to finish out with a career count of 73 total goals as a Trojan. Daube wound up as USC's third leading scorer in 2014, notching a breakout season that saw the junior pour in 44 goals, including five during the NCAA Tournament. She also tallied her first MPSF Player of the Week award and nabbed All-MPSF Honorable Mention this year. Daube struck in 21 games with 13 multiple-goal efforts. One of those was a career-high five-goal day, which she followed up with a four-goal outing the next week. Freshman Stephania Haralabidis made a name for herself in her first season at Troy in weighing in as USC's second leading scorer with 58 goals -- 10th most in program history for a single-season. She'd score in 25 games with 17 multiple-goal outings, topping out with six in a game at the MPSF Tournament. A clear pick to the MPSF All-Newcomer Team, Haralabidis also was a two-time MPSF Newcomer of the Week.