AZUSA, Calif.-- After a regular season in which she led the Azusa Pacific women’s water polo team in goals and steals, sophomore Maryann Slama has been named an All-Golden Coast Conference second-team honoree, the conference office announced Tuesday. Slama, the first all-conference selection in Cougar water polo history, was one of two Azusa Pacific players honored when the all-GCC teams were announced, with Megan Myers being named to the all-Freshmen team.
“It’s been a good year for the team and for Maryann. I’m really impressed with the leap she’s made this season. She’s always been fast and strong, but as a sophomore she has a much better eye and mind for the game. She’s stepped up and come into her own,” said head coach Julie Snodgrass. “She’s been one of our leaders all season. She leads by example and the girls look to her and respect her. I’ve loved watching her develop.”
Slama paces the Cougars with 54 goals, and has tallied 13 matches with multiple scores, also a team-high. The Burnaby, B.C. native leads the team with 45 steals in a season where Azusa Pacific has matched the program’s single-season win total, a mark that could fall at this week’s conference championships. The do-it-all utility player has also won 65 sprints this season, another team-best.
Myers made an immediate impact with the Cougars, as one of five players with 20+ goals, steals, and assists. The Chaparral High School graduate ranks third on the team with 36 goals, and is No. 4 among Azusa Pacific players with 21 assists as one of seven Cougars to play in every match this season.
Azusa Pacific, which closed the regular season with a 9-5 loss to GCC champion San Diego State, will play in the program’s first conference tournament this week. The Cougars, who are the No. 6 seed in the inaugural seven-team championship, will face Santa Clara in the opening round at Loyola Marymount on Thursday at noon. Azusa Pacific narrowly fell 10-8 to the Broncos on March 28 in their lone meeting this season.
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