April 12, 2011

Bucknell University's Howie Kalter and Matt Napleton Training for World University Games Invite

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell University's Howie Kalter (Sr., Durham, N.H./Phillips Academy Andover) and Matt Napleton (So., Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) took part in a training camp tryout for the World University Games this past weekend at the University of California-Irvine. The duo earned a spot in the training camp based on their performance at the Northeast tryout camp, held at Brown University in February.

Many of the best college players in the country were at this past weekend’s camp. Another camp will be held April 30-May 1 at UC-Irvine and selections for the World University Games will be made in June. This year’s World University Games will be held in Shenzhen, China, in August.

The players that earn spots on the World University Games roster will be members of the Senior National "B" Team, which will help determine the roster for the 2016 Olympic Games, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Former Bison head coach John Abdou is an assistant coach with the Senior National “B” Team.

Kalter, who will graduate from Bucknell next month, was a first-team all-conference honoree and an Honorable Mention All-American in 2010. He tied for the team lead with 52 goals, was second on the squad with 25 assists and registered his third consecutive season with at least 70 points (77). He netted at least one goal in 16 of the team’s final 17 games and finished his four-year career with 154 goals, 84 assists and 238 points.

A veteran USA Water Polo, Kalter, last year, participated in the National Team Trials Series, which selects the Senior "A", Senior "B" and Junior National Teams, filling the pipeline of athletes that will eventually make it to the Olympics. 

Napleton, a sophomore, split time in goal with senior Miles Gilhuly (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) last fall, appearing in 20 games and starting five. He posted a career-high 77 saves in 328 minutes and had a team-best .481 save percentage. Napleton finished the season with 102 career stops.

Release courtesy Bucknell Athletic Communications


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