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Hallock tops Stanford's men's water polo All-Americans

 
Drew Holland ends his Stanford career as the all-time saves leader. Photo by Shirley Pefley/isiphotos.com.

Stanford Athletics announced Monday that four men's water polo players earned All-America selections by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches, led by freshman Ben Hallock, who was named first team.

Senior Connor Stapleton was a second-team selection, senior Drew Holland earned third-team honors and junior Blake Parrish was an honorable mention selection.


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Hallock is the first Cardinal freshman to be named to first team All-American since Alex Bowen in 2011. Bowen was a four-year First Team All-American.

Hallock used a redshirt season before entering Stanford to compete with the United States Olympic team at the 2016 Rio Games. He made his collegiate debut this season and scored in every game he played in, leading the team with 56 goals on the year.

His 2.45 goals-per-game average was first among freshmen and third overall in scoring in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. He earned MPSF Newcomer of the week honors three times.

Holland earned All-America honors all four years he played on The Farm. The goalie was also a third-team All-American as a sophomore in 2014 as well as an honorable mention selection as a junior in 2015 and freshman in 2013.

Holland completed his career as Stanford's all-time saves leader with 925. He posted double-digit saves in a game on 11 separate occasions, including 17 against No. 2 USC during the season.

Parrish collected All-America honors for the second year in a row. The junior was a second-team selection last season. He finished the season second on the team in scoring with 38 goals on the year. Parrish scored in 17 of Stanford's 24 matches. He had a season-best five in the win over St. Francis Brooklyn. He'll return as the Cardinal's active scoring leader with 110 career goals.

Stapleton also earned the second All-America nod of his career. He was an honorable mention selection as a junior in 2014. Like Holland, he redshirted the 2016 season. The senior was fourth on the Cardinal roster in scoring this year, finishing with 32 goals. He scored in 19 matches with multiple scores in nine contests on the season. Stapleton completes his Cardinal career with 99 goals.

The quartet bring the total All-America selections to 73 under 16-year head coach John Vargas.

Stanford completed the season 19-5 overall, ranked No. 4 nationally by the Collegiate Water Polo Association. The Cardinal never lost to a team outside the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

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