Johns Hopkins University's Danny Ovelar Named September 12 Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Johns Hopkins University's Danny Ovelar (Fr., Caracas, Venezuela/Emil Friedman) stopped 38 shots and allowed 27 goals in leading the Blue Jays to a 3-1 record at the Princeton Invitational to earn the September 12 Men's Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week award.
He chipped in two assists and 11 steals, while holding Iona College (13-6 W), Fordham University (7-6 W), Harvard University (14-6 W) and No. 19 St. Francis College (9-8 L) to a combined seven-of-23 on man-up opportunities
Ovelar began the week with 11 saves, two stetals and a pair of assists against Iona while holding the Gaels to just one goal over the final two periods of play. He teamed with the rest of the Blue Jays' defense to limit Iona to one-of-six on man-up chances as Hopkins pulled away for a seven-goal victory.
Against Fordham, he posted nine saves and three steals while holding the Rams' scoreless in the fourth period as JHU rallied from two goals down to win by a single marker.
He notched 10 saves with four steals, while again allowing six goals and limiting the Crimson to two-of-six on man-up chances in an eight goal victory.
In the finale, Ovelar had eight saves and two steals while allowing nine goals in a one-goal loss to the No. 19-ranked and defending Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Champion Terriers of St. Francis. He held SFC to two second half goals, with none in the fourth period, and a one-of-six performance on man-up opportunities.
The accolade marks the second in as many weeks for Ovelar who shared the September 5 Southern Division Rookie of the Week honor with teammate John "Wes" Hopkins (Fr., Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson).
September 12 Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week Honor Roll: Tyler Amina (Princeton University), Cameron Illes (George Washington University), Neal Zoellick (Gannon University), Matt Cote (Mercyhurst College)