Terrier Volume 78, Number 1 - Spring 2014 - Page 15

Men’s Water Polo Goes Back-To-Back — Reaches NCAA Final for Second Year-in-a-Row F or the first time in program history, the St. Francis Brooklyn men’s water polo team qualified for back-to-back NCAA Men’s Water Polo tournaments. The Terriers captured their second consecutive Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) title with a hard-fought 11-9 victory over Princeton. Tournament MVP Igor Mladenovic ’14 led a strong defensive effort stopping eight Princeton shots, while Lazar Komadinic ’15 and Ilija Djuretic ’17 each contributed three goals in the Terriers’ historic win. The victory earned the Terriers an NCAA play-in game Dec. 5, at Stanford University, where they defeated UC San Diego, the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) champion, for a berth in the 2013 NCAA Championship Final Four. The Terriers’ defense held UC San Diego to just one goal in the second half while Mladenovic made 10 saves in the contest including a pair of five-meter penalty stops in the first half. Djuretic led the Terriers with a hat trick and his five-meter penalty shot with 6:39 remaining proved to be the winner. St. Francis Brooklyn lost to USC in the national semifinals and fell to Stanford in the consolation match. Following the season, Mladenovic was named a Third Team All-American and the Northern Division Player of the Year. ● The men’s team savors its victory at the Eastern Championships. Goalie Igor Mladenovic ’14, at center, with his team at the NCAA Final Four. Men’s Basketball Enjoys Most Successful Season in a Dozen Years S t. Francis Brooklyn went 18-14 and recorded its most wins since the 2001-2002 season. The Terriers tied an NEC record with nine nonconference victories, which included a season-opening overtime triumph at Miami (FL), the program’s first win against a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Jalen Cannon ’15 was named a First Team All-Conference selection after pacing the Terriers in scoring (14.9 pg) and rebounding (8.2 pg). Guard Ben Mockford ’14 drilled a career-high 87 treys this season and shot 45 percent from downtown in conference play. He drained a league-high 3.63 per game in NEC contests and finished third all-time at St. Francis with 252 career threes. Point guard Brent Jones ’15 dished a career-high 187 assists this season, which was the second-best single-year total ever at the school. His 432 career assists are third-most in team history. The Terriers finished second in the NEC with 176 blocks, a team-best since joining the NEC. Amdy Fall ’16 (55) and Wayne Martin ’17 (43) were the top-duo in the NEC with 98 combined rejections. Martin was named to the NEC All-Rookie Squad. ● Jalen Cannon ’15 is determined to get this Terrier club to the NCAA tournament. Next year Brent Jones ’15 looks to set the season record for assists. ST. FR ANCIS COLLEGE TERRIER | SPRING 2014 | 13