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Re: 2024 Women's College Draft

Postby retiredguy » Sat Jan 20, 2024 8:57 pm

Team 1: TBD

1. Isabel Williams - GK - Cal: I expect Cal to have a very solid season and will push for a title, this kind of experience in the cage is very helpful.

12. Ava Stryker - Attacker - USC: I expect her to be one of the impact freshman this season. Time spent with the senior national team and has been a winner all along.

13. Taylor Smith - Attacker - UCLA: I’ll take one of the stronger attackers here as well. Should be a solid addition.

24. Brooke Ochoa - Utility - Fresno State: high expectations this season for the Bulldogs and Ochoa is going to lead the way.

25. Rachel Gazzaniga - Center - USC: I’m really thinking SC had the parts to win it all this year, don’t be surprised if Gazzaniga also plays a big role at center.

36. John Tanner - Coach - Stanford: nuff said

37. Quinn Healy - Attacker - Stanford: I’m going with the youth movement on this team

48. Hailey Andress - Attacker - Fresno State: Newcomer of the Year for the GCC primed for another solid season. Fresno State with a big win today over Michigan is going to be very close to knocking off some big time teams.

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Re: 2024 Women's College Draft

Postby jeff » Sun Jan 21, 2024 12:58 pm

My thanks to the participants in our 2024 women's college draft. The following colleges had one or more athletes selected:

UCLA - 8
USC - 7
Cal - 6
Sanford - 5
Hawaii - 3
U.C. Irvine - 2
LBSU - 2
Fresno State - 2
Princeton - 2
Arizona State - 2
Michigan - 1
UCSD - 1
UCSB - 1

Here are my end-of-season predictions:

NCAA champions: I think USC, UCLA, and Cal have a chance to win. For the first time in recent memory, I don't think Stanford has a chance. I give a slight edge to USC.

Suprise team: Hawaii.

Coach-of-the-year: Casey Moon, USC. This award almost always goes to the coach of the team that wins the NCAA championship.

Cutino Award winner: This award is wide open this year. I give a slight edge to Isabel Williams, Cal's excellent goalie.

Other Cutino Award finalists: Maya Avital and Bia Montellato Dias (how did USC and UCLA let her go to Hawaii?).

MPSF newcomer-of-the-year: Lauren Steele, goalie, UCLA.

Top 10 teams at the end of the season:

1. USC
2. UCLA
3. Cal
4. Hawaii
5. Stanford
6. U.C. Irvine
7. LBSU
8. Fresno State
9. Princeton
10. Too close to call

Considering where the athletes were selected in our draft, I think the "best value" picks for each participant are as follows:

Team 1: Brooke Ochoa, Fresno State, with the 24th pick
Team 2: Alejandra Aznar, USC, with the 11th pick
Team 3: Kata Utassy, Michigan, with the 22nd pick
Team 4: Lara Luka, LBSU, with the 33rd pick
Team 5: Christina Hicks, Stanford, with the 41st pick 
Team 6: Rozanne Voorvelt, Cal, with the 18th pick

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Re: 2024 Women's College Draft

Postby oldschoolpolofan » Sun Jan 21, 2024 1:50 pm

Here are my predictions:

NCAA Champions: USC top to bottom has the deepest team and should win this year. I think they will play UCLA in the final but it would be great for Cal if they can take the next step and get to the final.

Coach of the Year: Casey Moon - coach of champion gets the award

Cutino finalists: Isabel Williams, Honnie Vandeweghe-O'Shea, Anna Pearson - taking total flyer here as wide open as Jeff says

Cutino award: Isabel Williams

MPSF newcomer of the year - Ava Stryker, USC - the goals and assists will add up by years end.

Surprise team: LBSU as Hawaii seems to already be on the radar after the Stanford win yesterday - I can also see UCI and Fresno State getting some big wins

Should be an exciting season with a lot more variability than in years past where you could almost write the two finalists in pen. Best of luck to all these amazing young women!

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Re: 2024 Women's College Draft

Postby speed » Mon Jan 22, 2024 12:49 am

My predictions:

NCAA Champions - I'm still not sold on Coralie Simmons but I predict that Cal will win its first NCAA women's title. USC will finish second and UCLA third. If John Tanner wants to keep it rolling at Stanford, he needs to follow Brian Flacks' lead by recruiting a few international players and making use of the transfer portal. Elena Flynn would probably be Stanford's best field player and her sister will rejoin the team next year. There may be a good explanation for Flynn's decision to choose Cal over Stanford but I don't know what it is.

Coach of the Year - Coralie Simmons

Cutino Award - Isabel Williams

Cutino Award Finalists - It's wide open after Williams.

MPSF Newcomer of the Year - It's wide open but if I have to choose someone I'll take Lauren Steele.

Surprise Team - It won't be a surprise after this weekend's results but I'll pick Fresno State. Natalie Benson should be the coach of a "Big 4" school.

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Re: 2024 Women's College Draft

Postby retiredguy » Mon Jan 22, 2024 10:18 am

Champs: USC

Coach: Casey Moon

Cutino: Isabel Williams

Newcomer: Ava Stryker

Surprise pick: Fresno State

I agree that Cal looked pretty solid this weekend but I still think USC has the most parts to win the title this season. Definitely surprised with the 2 Stanford upsets this weekend but I do think they will get the ship righted quickly and finish in the top 5 teams.

Fresno State is fascinating, they are so well coached and disciplined. Just gonna be a tough game for anyone they play.
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Re: 2024 Women's College Draft

Postby poloredux » Mon Jan 22, 2024 1:19 pm

retiredguy wrote:Champs: USC

Coach: Mario Pintaric

Cutino: Isabel Williams

Newcomer: Ava Stryker

Surprise pick: Fresno State

I agree that Cal looked pretty solid this weekend but I still think USC has the most parts to win the title this season. Definitely surprised with the 2 Stanford upsets this weekend but I do think they will get the ship righted quickly and finish in the top 5 teams.

Fresno State is fascinating, they are so well coached and disciplined. Just gonna be a tough game for anyone they play.
Does Casey Moon have an alter ego called Mario?

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Re: 2024 Women's College Draft

Postby LimeyPoloDad » Mon Jan 22, 2024 5:58 pm

Hear are my predictions:

NCAA Champions- USC. (UCLA second and Cal third.)

Coach of the Year- Casey Moon

Cutino Award- Bia Montellato Dias (Hawaii) Watched her play as a senior in HS for Newport and then last season as freshman. This past weekend she dominated in the Hawaii-Stanford game, drawing multiple penalties/exclusions and scoring goals.

Other Cutino Award Finalists- Isabel Williams & Anna Pearson

MPSF Newcomer of the Year - Julia Bonaguidi or Ava Stryker (It will be close)

Surprise Team - Hawaii. With all their international talent, on paper Hawaii should be a top 4 team

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Re: 2024 Women's College Draft

Postby retiredguy » Mon Jan 22, 2024 11:37 pm

retiredguy wrote:Champs: USC

Coach: Casey Moon

Cutino: Isabel Williams

Newcomer: Ava Stryker

Surprise pick: Fresno State

I agree that Cal looked pretty solid this weekend but I still think USC has the most parts to win the title this season. Definitely surprised with the 2 Stanford upsets this weekend but I do think they will get the ship righted quickly and finish in the top 5 teams.

Fresno State is fascinating, they are so well coached and disciplined. Just gonna be a tough game for anyone they play.
Doubled down on my mistake to see if anyone was paying attention :)

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Re: 2024 Women's College Draft

Postby Schoolyards » Tue Jan 23, 2024 1:01 pm

jeff wrote:We will start our annual women’s college draft on Friday. We could use another participant or two. If you follow women’s college water polo closely and wish to participate, please send me a message offline.

Each participant must select a coach, a goalie, a center, a center defender, and four other field players. The coach can be any present head coach of a women’s college, junior college, or high school team. Players who will redshirt in 2024 may not be selected. When you make your final selection, please note which team you think will win the NCAA championship, which team will do better than expected, which players will be Cutino Award finalists, which player will win the Cutino Award, which player will be named the MPSF newcomer of the year, and which coach will be named the coach of the year.

Here is an unofficial list of athletes who will not play during the 2024 college season because they are training with their country’s senior national team and hope to make their country’s Olympic team. These athletes are ineligible for our draft.

Stanford
Ryann Neushul
Jewel Roemer
Jenna Flynn
Ella Woodhead
Serena Browne (Canada)

UCLA
Emma Lineback
Sienna Green (Australia)

USC
Tilly Kearns (Australia)
Emily Ausmus (I believe Ausmus deferred her enrollment date at USC from the fall of 2003 to the fall of 2004)

Cal
Ruby Swadling (Australia)
Emily Turner (Great Britain) (I don’t think Turner intended to use her 5th year of eligibility)

Princeton
Jovana Sekulic

Arizona State
Juliette Dhalluin (France)

This list may be incomplete. Please let me know if there are other players who are sitting out the 2024 college season to train with their country’s senior national team.

Note: The ACWPC preseason poll lists Stanford and USC as the top two teams in the country. As our colleague Rb has noted, many preseason polls are based on last season’s results and should be taken with a grain of salt. I’ll fall out of my chair if Stanford, which will be missing its top four field players and three likely Olympians, finishes in the top two.
UCI
Nioka Thomas (Australia)

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Re: 2024 Women's College Draft

Postby jeff » Wed Jan 24, 2024 9:16 pm

One of the U.C. Irvine media relations specialists told me that Nioka Thomas was "a late addition to the Australian roster for the World Championships." Irvine has now lost two 2nd team All-Americans from its 2023 team: Thomas and Elena Flynn (Flynn transferred to Cal).

One of the Hawaii coaches told me that Camille Radosavljevic will not play for Hawaii this season because she is playing for the French senior national team.

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Re: 2024 Women's College Draft

Postby NoCalPoloDad » Fri Jan 26, 2024 12:47 am

LimeyPoloDad wrote:Team- 5

5: John Roemer, Coach. While John is not currently a college coach, he is a Championship winning HS, age group coach and former JC coach. He is one of the best coaches out there and if he was coaching at the 4 years college level, he would take his team to the NCAA Championships.

8: Lindsey Lucas, Goalie, Princeton. Lindsey played a big part in Princeton's upset of Cal at last year's 2023 NCAA quarter finals while she was a freshman. She was a third Team All-American, NCAA All-Tournament First Team and CWPA Rookie of the Year.

Team No. 4 is on the clock
Didn't Lindsey play for John at Miramonte? FWIW, love the way John coaches. . . .

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Re: 2024 Women's College Draft

Postby LimeyPoloDad » Fri Jan 26, 2024 2:27 am

Yes, John coached her at Miramonte HS and Guy Baker at Lamorinda club.

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