BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Howie Kalter (Sr., Durham, N.H./Phillips Academy Andover) of Bucknell University posted nine goals with two steals, a field block and an ejection drawn in a 2-1 weekend for the Bison to lead his team to a runner-up finish at the division championship and earn the November 8 Southern Division Player of the Week award.
His best outing came in Saturday evening’s semifinal matchup with No. 15 the United States Naval Academy as he netted a season-high five goals with a pair of steals and a field block in helping the Bison record a 13-12 victory to reach the Southern Division title game.
One of only two Bison to net at least one goal in all three games over the weekend, Kalter tallied three goals in a must-win 11-7 opening-round victory over Mercyhurst College. The Bison needed that win to guarantee a top-four finish at the tournament and a berth in next week’s Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship at home in Canham Natatorium.
With his nine goals, Kalter took over the team lead in goals this season as he now has 47, one more than classmate Richie Hyden. Kalter ranks second to Hyden in assists (22) and points (69).
Bucknell (12-14) concluded the weekend with a loss to No. 17 Princeton University in the title game of the Southern Division title game. Despite the loss, the Bison’s second-place showing equaled their best-ever at the event.
Kalter and his teammates, who have faced a ranked opponent five times in their last six outings, will begin play at next week’s Eastern Championship on Friday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. against Fordham University. Bucknell is the host team for the three-day event which decides an automatic NCAA berth.
November 8 Southern Division Player of the Week Honor Roll: Chris Cottrell (Princeton University)