LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell University women’s water polo player Kandis Canonica (Burlingame, Calif./St. Ignatius Prep) has joined select company as she was named an Honorable Mention All-America for the second straight year by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC), joining former teammate Valentina Rozas as the lone Bison to earn the honor more than once.
Bucknell has now had four different players combine for seven All-America certificates since 2006. In addition to Canonica and three-time honoree Valentina Rozas, Meagan Gins (2006) and Aubrey Rowe (2009) were recognized in recent years. At least one Bison has earned Honorable Mention All-America plaudits in four consecutive years.
A four-time all-conference honoree, Canonica was recognized this past spring with her second straight first-team citation after a pair of second-team honors. She was also a two-time All-Eastern Championship selection, becoming the first Bison to accomplish that feat since Gins in 2006 and 2007.
Bucknell’s all-time leading scorer with 423 points, Canonica led the Bison in scoring as a senior with 88 points on 43 goals and 45 assists. She also posted a team-high 50 ejections drawn and 15 steals in her final season.
The only player in program history to post three 100-point campaigns, Canonica finished her career with 65 more points than previous record-holder Rowe (358). She broke the career assists record as a junior and her final tally of 221 was 79 greater than Adrienne Schober's previous standard (142). Additionally, Canonica scored her 200th goal in her final career contest, becoming the fourth Bison to reach that plateau.
A left-hander, Canonica registered at least one point in 27 of 28 games in 2011 and in 57 of her final 58 appearances.
Canonica capped her career by earning the Lee S. “Bud” Ranck Award at Bucknell’s annual Senior Recognition Dinner in early May. The award is presented “for outstanding spirit and contributions to the Bucknell athletic program.”
Canonica helped Bucknell to a 74-55 overall record during her four-year career that also featured the program’s first-ever Southern Championships title in 2010.
Release courtesy Bucknell Athletic Communications